Looking for a terrific handmade gift for Christmas? Try Peppermint Soy Candles! We love making candles with soy wax. The soy wax melts in the microwave, so this craft is fast! And making the candle in a tin makes it a perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!
When we make candle tins, we always print a label for the lid. It just makes the candle look a little more finished and special. We made a downloadable label that you are welcome to print and use. It’s at the bottom of the post.
How To Make A Peppermint Soy Candle In A Tin
Microwaveable soy wax for containers
Lidded tin, 3” diameter
Red dye block for candles
Peppermint liquid candle scent
Pre-waxed bleached wick (not wire or zinc core) with clip, large
Pyrex measuring cup with pouring spout
Candle making thermometer
White index card
1. Weighing The Wax
To do this, place your tin on the scale and zero it out. (Or write down the weight of the tin to subtract from the weight when filled.) Fill the tin with water and weigh it again. This is approximately how much wax you will need. Weigh out that much wax, but add 2-4 ounces more for spillage and whatever sticks to the bowl. (Ours was 7 ounces plus 2 ounces extra.)
2. Preparing The Wick
Wash and dry the tin. Use the wick keeper to adhere the bottom of the wick clip to the inside of the jar. (The wick keeper is like a double-sided sticker.) Make sure the wick is centered. Tie the other end of the wick around a pencil and rest it across the top of the tin.
3. Melting The Wax
Heat the wax in a microwave safe container – preferably one with a pouring spout like a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in 30-second increments and once all chips are melted, test the temperature of the wax. Heat the wax to 160°F to 180°F.
4. Adding The Color
Shave a few carrot curls off of the dye block onto the index card using the potato peeler and add to the wax when the wax is between 160°F to 180°F. Stir with the chopstick. Drip a few drops of melted wax onto the white index card to see if the color is to your liking. Add more color if desired.
5. Adding The Scent
Wait for the wax to cool to 125°F, then add one tablespoon of the liquid candle scent to the melted wax and stir.
6. Pouring The Wax
Pour the wax into the wicked tin. Leave room at the top for the wick (at least ¼ inch under the lid.) Recenter the wick. Let the candle cool completely (24 hours is recommended.) Remove the pencil and trim the wick to ¼ inch.
Here’s a label we made for you to print out. Attach it to lid with double-stick tape. (Laminate first, if desired.)
Right-click to download label.
We have more candle tins here on the blog if you want to check them out. They all have printable labels to go with.
Can you tell we like to make soy candles in tins?! Hope you have fun making your candles. If you have any questions, leave us a comment and we’ll reply. We’re always here to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
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