soy candle tutorial + labels

December 10, 2013

soy candle tutorial + labels

as promised last week on instagram, i’m excited to share with you a little soy candle tutorial! i’m by no means an expert, but i usually make a large batch of candles each year for christmas and try to make enough extras to last david and i for the rest of the year. many moons ago (before i started going home to roost!) i even did a few craft shows selling nothing but soy candles. they’re surprisingly easy to make and super fun!

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first of all let’s discuss: why soy?

– soy wax is natural, renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable (paraffin is made from crude oil, which is not renewable).
– soy wax burns longer at a cooler temperature than paraffin wax.
– soy wax produces less soot than paraffin wax- pure soy wax could be used to cook with or as massage oil (though i’m not recommending either)!
– soy wax cleans up easily with warm water- no worries about clothes, countertops or hands.

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next let’s talk about supplies. many of the specialty supplies are nice to have but can be substituted with household items which i’ve outlined below. i’ve always used candle science for my supplies, but know that you can shop any candle supplier you like!

supplies

– soy wax – i like to use golden brands 464. how much wax do you need? 1 pound (16oz) of wax will fill 16oz worth of of containers. so with 1 pound, you could fill 2 8oz containers or 4 4oz containers, etc.

hot burner – you can also use a stove top, but a hot burner will come in handy when you’re not making candles in your kitchen, or you’d like to keep the wax hot right where you’re working.

pouring pitcher – you can also use a regular pot, but make sure it pours well. the last thing you want is hot wax leaking all over everything while you pour!

wick bars – you’ll use these to hold your wick in place as the wax cools. i think you could also rig something yourself (maybe with clothes pins?), but they are inexpensive and nice to have.

candle containers: for this post i’ve used medium straight sided jar with gold lids. i’ve also thrift shopped for glass containers of all kinds! the only thing i’ve noticed is that when containers get smaller at the top than at the bottom, the wax usually hardens with holes and gaps. i usually just have to finish the tops again to make them smooth, which isn’t a huge deal but kind of time consuming.

fragrance – here i’ve used cinnamon, blue spruce and pine cones (yum!). 1 oz of fragrance will usually scent about 1 pound of wax. (i’ve also tried using botanical oils but haven’t had much luck with them.)

pre-tabbed candle wick – for these particular containers, i used eco-14 wicks, but you can use this wick guide to figure out which ones you need.

– hot glue gun – use this to glue the wicks to the bottom of each container.

– color – i usually like to keep my candles white. i love the classy look they have, but if you’d like to add color, it’s easy! just stir in a dye chip when you add your fragrance.

– thermometer – any candy thermometer will work.

– labels – though you don’t have to label your candles, i think it gives them a really nice, professional look, so i’ve made you a set of printable labels (see below to download)!

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soy candle tutorial (1) i printed these label on a full page of kraft sticker paper from world label, and then cut them out using a rotary cutter and ruler. i used ribbon font for the fragrance titles in case you’d like to use it as well.

to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find 1) the above labels as a pdf 2) a blank label pdf  so that you can fill in your own fragrance 3) a transparent png file so you can overlay these labels using any image program 4) an editable .eps file you can open and edit in photoshop or illustrator. whew!

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directions:

step 1: place the wax chips in a pouring pitcher (or pot) and heat until melted. remove from heat as soon as it’s melted to avoid getting your wax too hot (caution: it can catch on fire!). wax should be about 185°f.

step 2: while your wax is melting, glue the bottom of your pretabbed wicks into each container using a hot glue gun. place the wick bar on top of your container and insert the wick so that it’s tight and centered.

step 3: once your wax is melted, remove it from the heat and stir in your fragrance when it’s 185°f (and color if you’re adding it). 1 oz will usually scent about 1 pound of wax.

step 4: carefully pour the scented melted wax into each of your containers. let cool until wax is hard and white (usually 30-60 minutes).

step 5: remove wick bar and trim wicks to about 1/2 inch long.

step 6: place the lids on each jar and label them if desired. light and enjoy!

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  • Lanny Stanard | December 10, 2013

    Thank you so much ! I follow you on Instagram and I’m so excited I love to make candles thanks for everything ! Also I am new to your site ❤️

  • Kaitlyn | December 11, 2013

    These are so cool! Can I ask – how much wax is in each of the jars for the size jars that you made? I obviously don’t want to overbuy on wax, but I want to make sure I have enough for a 12 jar set or so :)

    Thanks for sharing!!

  • I never have made candles but have always wanted to. Love the labels! Thanks!

  • hey kaitlyn! if i’m not mistaken, i believe the weight of the wax translates to the container sizes. so, if you wanted to fill a 16oz container (or 2 8oz containers), you would need 1 pound (16oz) of wax. does that help/make sense?

  • Kaitlyn | December 11, 2013

    Yes! (and duh, haha) Can’t wait to try this out, thanks again for posting!

  • lol, not duh! measurements (especially wet and dry) always confuse me!!

  • Love this idea!! Stocking up on candle-making goodies tomorrow, thanks for the article and awesome Blog!

  • Erik | June 9, 2014

    What size are your labels and what software do you use to make them? They are really nice!

  • Erik | June 9, 2014

    P.S. Are they durable and what Avery number do you use? Thank you!

  • hi erik! i printed these labesl on a full page of kraft sticker paper from world label, and then cut them out using a rotary cutter and ruler. i used ribbon font for the fragrance titles in case you’d like to use it as well. :)

  • Erik | June 11, 2014

    Thank you much Bonnie!

  • Kristina | November 9, 2014

    I love your printable labels! Can you tell me what color sticker paper you used?

  • hi kristina! they’re from world label- linked to in the above article! :)

  • HEY. just made these cute lil’ candles for Christmas. After making them im wondering if I used enough oils. How much oil per oz? Thanks.

  • Hi!

    I love this tutorial but am having difficulty with the zip file for the labels. Is there any way of sending them to me via e-mail? I downloaded the zip and used 7-zip to unzip but the files wont open with adobe, it says they are corrupt. It’s weird because I’m sure I downloaded them a few weeks ago and they were working fine but now no such luck!

    Thanks in advance
    Pam

  • hey pam! sure! which file type do you need? xo, bonnie

  • Thank you so much for the informative post and adorable labels! I love it all!

  • hi bonnie!

    thank you for getting back to me :) a word file would be great, is that possible?

  • Hi again Bonnie

    I figured it out, I used another computer so it’s all good :)

    Thank you!
    Pam

  • Jamie Kim | December 16, 2014

    Hi!

    I was just about to buy the supplies for these candles on the candle science website and was wondering if the flat gold lids worked for these straight top jars? Or did you use #70 gold twist top (thehttp://www.candlescience.com/containers/70-gold-twist-top).
    Thanks!!!

    Jamie

  • hey jamie! you’re right, i used #70! i’m updating the post now. :) http://www.candlescience.com/containers/70-gold-twist-top/

  • Jamie Kim | December 17, 2014

    Thanks so much!!

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