The colder months are fast approaching, and one of my secrets in my decorating arsenal is candles. I love candles that are displayed creatively and with intention…the more the better. Nothing warms up a room, adds sparkle and a festive air, or puts a focus of attention on the main view in the room like candles. But here’s my pet peeve about people who use them in their home – actually use them! If they just sit on the end table gathering dust, then guess what? Dusty paperweight adding clutter to your room. How to avoid that syndrome? Make these DIY candles, and then make sure they become a nightly ceremony in your home. Candle making is cheap, don’t wait for company or a special occasion. Make every night a little more special! I know I sound like a copywriter spouting slogans, but I feel pretty strongly about this. (Of course, I need to work on this as well. Decorating convictions. Who knew?) As always, whenever working with candles, do not let the flame come into contact with flammable materials or children. Disclaimer done. :)

 

 

DIY Candles – Candle Making Projects

 

How to Make Candles

Let’s start off with an easy DIY candle that looks like it would take forever… Candle making doesn’t have to be all from scratch! In fact, she used an existing concrete planter to create the holder for this luxury high end look candle. Step by step directions and photos at ‘A Kailo Chic Life‘.

 

Love and Renovations‘ takes the concrete candle making one step farther, and shows you how to make the holders too! Concrete is really easy for crafters to work with, and you get this awesome modern look.

 

DIY candle gifts for everyone on your list with this pretty copper mug candle from ‘The Sorry Girls‘. They show you how to customize your candle as well!

 

From ‘Oleander and Palm‘ these birch DIY candles are a natural look that can be used year round, but I can see them looking especially amazing around the holidays. Don’t forget gift giving time is right around the corner too, and these creative projects you make yourself are a truly heartfelt gift that will not get put in a back closet!

 

How to Make Scented Candles

The Homespun Hydrangea‘ uses fresh herbs like lavender to make a scented candle that is pretty too! She uses soy wax in her recipe, if you are concerned about how clean your candle burns.

 

I can just smell the heavenly peony scent of this DIY candle! Jump on over to ‘A Pumpkin and a Princess‘ and find out how to make this sweet little candle, pretty enough for gift giving.

 

Use essentials oils in your candle making when you create these scented candles from ‘Boxwood Avenue‘. Remember, there are lots of choices other than lavender!

 

Crystal at ‘A Pumpkin and a Princess‘ has a tutorial for you on these (what I can imagine smell AMAZING!) DIY lavender mason jar candles. We’ve used some of Crystal’s projects before, she is really creative!

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How to Make Soy Candles

Make fall scented soy candles with ‘The DIY Mommy‘! Simply the idea of these candles make me think of a cozy evening snuggled up with a good book and a hot cocoa.

 

You have to love how charming these pretty soy DIY candles are! Scented with pine for the holidays, they are perfect to burn in every room all winter long! From ‘Sugar & Charm‘!

 

Candle Making Supplies

We love ‘Michaels‘ for all our candle making supplies. If you are looking to make soy candles, try their Country Lane  Soy Candle Making Kit. It comes with everything you need, even a pouring pot!

We hope you are as excited about making DIY candles as we are! We think you will also love our post on Fall Pumpkins : Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds.  Also, try our post on DIY Bath Bombs at our sister site, OhMeOhMy! And don’t forget to join our Home & Garden DIY Facebook group and our Pinterest page so you see right away when we post new ideas and advice!

Image Credits: Love & Renovations, A Kailo Chic Life, The Sorry Girls, Oleander and Palm, The Homespun Hydrangea, A Pumpkin and a Princess, Boxwood Avenue, Pumpkin and a Princess, The DIY Mommy, Sugar & Charm


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12 Comments

  1. Preston Davis September 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I absolutely love the simplicity and beauty of the leave candles, wow! Definitely going to be making those soon – thanks!

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  2. Rhonda November 8, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I love the sweet shades made with the wine glasses and a votive cup, but I couldn’t find the instructions. Please send
    Thank you

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  3. Anna April 16, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    hello, I want to make those Candle Lampshade Craft but not sure what kind of paper do you need. Could you explain it to me?

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    1. Kathy Woodard July 9, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Anna!That project was done by Good Housekeeping, and they used scrapbooking paper! There is a link with the project that leads to their instructions…

      Reply
  4. K.MILLA December 3, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Thanks

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  5. Daniella January 6, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Hi what type of glass would I need that wouldn’t shatter or smash with a tealight inside ? Also what’s the best glue to use that isn’t flammable ? I’m thinking of making some blingy candle holders thankyou

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    1. Kathy Woodard June 21, 2016 at 7:11 am

      Tealights don’t get so hot they would shatter glass, I have used them in juice glasses even! As far as glue, while we always suggest reading the table of the actual glue you are using, since you are glueing onto the outdid of the candle holder you should be just fine.

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  6. Rauxann July 24, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I don’t see the directions for the masion her leaf candels

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    1. Kathy Woodard July 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      We have updated the link in the post, it should now lead to the directions… Thx for letting us know!

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  7. Katie August 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Where did you find the lace for the DIY Victorian Lace Candles? I have been searching for lace like that with that pattern everywhere, and I haven’t found it yet.

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    1. Kathy Woodard September 24, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Katie! It wasn’t our project, so we can’t help you there! Have you looked online? If you google or look on Etsy for “victorian lace”, you just might find it!

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