Okay, I have to admit, I sort of lied a little while ago. I said that next to rolled beeswax candles that single color candles were the easiest candles to make. Well, this was partially the truth and partially a lie…
You see, we are about to make another single color candle, but this time, instead of using a mould, we are going to be using a jam jar.
This is actually easier than making a candle in a mould. Why? Because you don’t have to worry about releasing the candle from the mould, etc.
So single color candles are the easiest candles to make (next to rolled beeswax candles) and making a candle in an old jam jar is arguably even easier.
There are two methods one can follow when making a jam jar candle. For the most part, everything is the same between the two methods. The only difference is when you stick the wick in. So below, I have provided the two methods to making the candle. You can choose the method you prefer.
- Jam jar
- Primed wicks
- Double boiler
- Kitchen scale
- Dye if adding color
- Stearin if making paraffin candles
- Pencil, chopstick or wicking needle
Jam Jar Candle Method 1
- Get your wick ready.
- You will need to cut your wick to an appropriate height based on the height of the jam jar and how much wax you will be adding to the jam jar. The wick should be approximately 2.5 cm (1 inch) longer than the your candle will be high.
- Do not put the wick into the jam jar yet.
- Now that your wick is ready to go, melt your stearin, dye and then wax.
- Carefully pour your melted wax into the jam jar.
- As the wax begins to harden, stick the wick in the wax.
- Let cool.