Cheri Peoples

Soy Candle Tins

by CHERI on March 25, 2011

We have a guest today–Christine from Great Oak Circle.

Hello new friends! I am so excited to be here with you today making a fun
soy candle! I love soy because it burns clean and holds scents really well. I am
giving you directions for this sweet pint paint can, but you can apply these same
steps to loads of different containers. Just make sure they can take the heat:)

To make 1 can, you will need:

1 pound natural soy wax (2 pound bag shown makes 2 candles)

1 ounce candle scent

prepared candle wicks

1 pint paint cans

hot glue gun

candy/candle thermometer

pouring container (I used a Pampered Chef glass bowl with pour lip)

double boiler (I put the glass bowl on top of a standard pot)

candle dye (optional, not food coloring)

paint can opener (optional)

double-sided tape, card stock and ribbon (optional)

* I purchased these supplies from Hobby Lobby

* I purchased my paint cans on e-bay.  Several people sell them.  I got 5 cans for $10

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Begin by fashioning a double boiler to melt the wax. You can purchase a metal
pitcher, but I really prefer to use what I have. Buying some oldie pots at a yard
sale would be cool too, so you can use them just for candle making. Make sure you
use something that will get the soy off the heat source and has a spout for easy

Add the thermometer and melt the wax over medium heat to 185 degrees. Don’t walk
away from this, it isn’t safe to leave hot wax all hot and waxy on the stove.

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Remove from heat and add color if you choose. Stir well, but don’t be crazy and
slosh it everywhere.

Add scent. Now the scent is pretty strong, so you are going to think you have added
too much. The eucalyptus almost made me run screaming…my sinuses were literally
on fire! Ok, not really literally on fire. I don’t burn a candle to watch it flame,
I want to SMELL it! So just add it, at least 1/2 ounce or up to 1 ounce.

Cool to 135 degrees. This cooling could take a while…tap…tap…tap…

So you can move on to prepping the cans while the wax cools. I bought wicks that
were raring to go, because I don’t have the time or patience to make them myself.
Now just add a dab of hot glue and stick it to the bottom of the can. I used a
pencil to push it down securely into place.

Stabilize it with something. The clip on this pencil was super handy.

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When the wax cools to 135 degrees, you can pour into your paint can. It will
probably take the whole recipe to fill it up. Lovely.

Now wait OVERNIGHT! This may be the hardest part.

The next day you can trim the wick to about 1/4″ and start to decorate:) yay!

You will need a band…

and a lid…

And you can download them both in an easy peasy word doc right here. The fun floral background frame is from my
favorite Graphics

PLUS: I made a generic Soy label in case you aren’t into eucalyptus.

Snip snip with your scissors, stick with your tape and you’re done!

You can also tie on a paint can opener with a bit of fun ribbon. What a fab gift!

Total cost: $8 each

Looks like it cost: A million bucks!

Thanks so much for gifting with me today, I have loads more fun ideas and recipes on
my blog Great Oak
. I also love to share special ways that we can serve the needs of the
materially poor with our crafting and baking skills. I don’t think it’s about
having excess, I think we have been richly blessed so that we can generously share.
I enjoy getting to know and love new friends, please stop by and say hi!


I have a fun TAPE project to show off this afternoon–come on back over to see my Shabby Chic Tape Project–I LOVE it!!

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1 Patty Stickles March 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

This is a great idea for gifting. Thank you for the terrific tutorial.

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