Crafting With Katy: Soy Candles

A guest post from Katy Carrier, crafts-master and green wedding planner extraordinaire

Ladies and…well, ladies…it’s my pleasure to introduce Mrs. Katy Carrier of Katy Carrier Events, who will be guiding you through a cool do-it-yourself soy candle project. <!–more–>

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Vintage Cup Candle

Making your own soy candles is a quick, easy and earth-friendly DIY project perfect for green wedding decor or gifts. The first time I saw Martha’s teacup candles I was hooked, and have been turning my vintage china finds into candles ever since. I also make filled soy wax votives out of clear glass holders and then add cute decorations like ribbon. Soy wax is clean burning and made from a renewable and naturally biodegradable source. I especially love that soy wax burns much longer than paraffin wax. As a wedding planner, I just hate those little paraffin votives that burn out halfway through the wedding reception!

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  1. Containers like vintage teacups, bowls, or glass votive holders
  2. Soy wax – the microwaveable variety available at your local craft store is what I typically use
  3. Candle wicks (also available at the craft store; buy wicks at least 1″ longer than height of container)
  4. Thermometer
  5. A microwaveable container for melting the wax
  6. Hot glue gun
  7. Optional: colored wax dye, scent, decorations like ribbon

Supplies

Instructions:

  1. Wash your containers and dry them thoroughly.
  2. Place wick inside container in the bottom center and affix with hot glue.
  3. Heat the wax in a microwaveable container according to the instructions on the package. (Add any scent or color at this point if you like…please, no scented candles for wedding centerpieces though!)
  4. Pour the wax slowly into the container, adjusting the wick to make sure it is centered.
  5. Let the wax cool until solid.
  6. Trim the wick.
  7. Add any desired decorations.

And that’s it!

Pouring Wax into Vintage Cup

Teacup candles make a great favor or decoration for a bridal shower or luncheon and are a wonderful way to repurpose unused or mismatched china. Scour your local flea market or Salvation Army for a variety of charming vintage pieces.

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I added simple decorations to these clear votives using ribbon, paper (I used paint chips snagged from the local hardware store), a feather butterfly, crocheted lace and a glue gun. That last one is in honor of Valentine’s Day, which is right around the corner :)

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And there you go…happy crafting!

xo,katy

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8 Comments

  1. Katy….what a great idea! It appeals to me because it can be used for any type of celebration. Thanks for the well thought out instructions and the helpful pictures. G.

  2. Hi Becky,
    Yes, any kind of candle wax works. You can even use taper candles (either new ones or you can recycle old, partially burned ones) by cutting them into pieces and melting them down.

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