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DIY Candy Cane Peppermint Candle

Embrace one of this season’s most popular scents with this fun Candy Cane Peppermint Candle DIY project!

DIY Candy Cane Peppermint Candle

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.

DIY Candy Cane Peppermint Candle


  • Pint size mason jar
  • 1 pound soy wax chips
  • Red wax color chips
  • Candle wick
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • E6000
  • Other supplies: Glue Dots, glass measuring cup, bamboo skewers


  1. Add a Glue Dot to the bottom of a candle wick and set it into place in the bottom of your mason jar. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add 20-30 drops of peppermint oil into melted wax and stir.  
  5. 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.
  6. When the bottom layer of wax is completely solid, repeat with another layer.  This time, add peppermint oil to the wax, but not color.
  7. Repeat with one more layer.  For this layer, add a small piece of red wax chip again.  Allow candle to harden completely before use.
  8. 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.

DIY Candy Cane Peppermint 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.”  

DIY Candy Cane Peppermint Candle

What’s your favorite holiday scent?


  1. Hi there. I’ve tried making my own candles, but for some reason after I light them , the flame on the wicker is so small, it ends up going out. Is there something I’m doing wrong?

    1. The only thing I can think of is maybe the kind of wick you’re using or you’re cutting it too low before lighting. Sorry I’m not much of a help, but hopefully you have better luck with candle making in the future!

  2. Also the size of the wick might be too small. I stick to the large size wicks that are sold at my local craft store. Good luck

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