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Well, the Christmas rush has hit… I am starting to feel like I’m not sure how all the gifts are going to get done this year {yes – I am making a lot of them}! We are leaving for Disneyland on the 22nd and will be there over Christmas (EEK!) which means that a lot of the gifts for friends and family have to be ready by the 21st. I have managed to get gifts together for my daughter’s teachers. This year I thought I’d try making soy candles and have my daughter help. I found a bunch of these tiny mason jars during our summer visit to Vancouver Island – the perfect size for candles.

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These were really easy to make and I was done in about 20 minutes.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2-5 lbs of soy flakes (2.5 lbs makes approximately 6 candles of this size).
  • essential oil (optional)
  • wicks (I ordered a bag of 25 6″ pre-tabbed wicks )
  • jars (or small tea cups)
  • old bowl or dish that is microwavable
  • old spoon
  • several pencils or pens
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. paint your jars and distress (if your going for vintage).
  2. Adhere wicks to the bottom of each jar using a small bead of hot glue.christmas decor 005
  3. Put 4-5 cups of soy flakes (I bought mine here) in your bowl and microwave for approximately 2 and half minutes (or until all flakes melt). christmas decor 003
  4. Remove from microwave and let cool for approximately 2 minutes.
  5. Add several drops of essential oil for fragrance and stir gently.
  6. Wait approximately 5 minutes allowing wax to cool slightly.
  7. Carefully pour wax into jars leaving about an inch of space from the top of the wick to the wax.
  8. Set candles aside to cool and harden. Use pencils/pens to prop up wicks to they remain straight. christmas decor 006
  9. Trim wicks.
  10. Wrap and give as personalized gifts!

christmas decor 068christmas decor 073I think these will make great teacher gifts and the best part is that my daughter helped paint them, and also helped with measuring the wax flakes and essential oil.

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