I’m already trying to get a jump start on one of my upcoming New Year’s resolutions. I recently updated the way I was storing craft supplies in my office. I realized that there were a lot of supplies I hadn’t been using. So before I head to the craft store to stock up on all new supplies, I really want to utilize a lot of the supplies I have that are just hanging out in my storage baskets.
A lot of my supplies are from my candle making ventures. As I’ve said before, after I closed my shop, I was left with a ton of soy wax (pounds and pounds of it!). I love burning candles in the house. Especially this time of year when they evoke such memorable scents of the holidays. The last time I went through my supplies and my essential oils, I realized that I could create an easy candy cane inspired candle for the holidays using what I had on hand.
- Pint size mason jar
- 1 pound soy wax chips
- Red wax color chips
- Candle wick
- Peppermint essential oil
- Other supplies: Glue Dots, glass measuring cup, bamboo skewers
- Add a Glue Dot to the bottom of a candle wick and set it into place in the bottom of your mason jar.
- In a glass measuring cup, add one cup of soy wax. Microwave for 60 seconds, continuing in 30 second intervals until wax is completely melted.
- Break off a small piece of your red wax chip and stir into your melted wax using a bamboo skewer. Add more color, as desired.
- Add 20-30 drops of peppermint oil into melted wax and stir.
- Pour wax into the bottom of your jar and allow to harden. You can do this by letting it sit on a counter for a few hours or speed up the process in the fridge.
- When the bottom layer of wax is completely solid, repeat with another layer. This time, add peppermint oil to the wax, but not color.
- Repeat with one more layer. For this layer, add a small piece of red wax chip again. Allow candle to harden completely before use.
- To make a lid for your candle: use E6000 to glue the mason jar seal to the lid. Allow lid to dry completely, then display candle.
Candy canes are such a fun part of Christmas! Every time I see a candy cane, I can’t help but think of the movie Elf – by far, one of my favorite Christmas movies! “I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.”