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Picking The Perfect DIY Candle Container

Jan. 17, 2022

Scented Candle

 Scented Candle

We love DIY candles. There are so many options when it comes to making your own personalized options. Consider the scent, of course, but you can also get creative with the candle containers!


If you are interested in making your own unique candles, join us at the workshop for a future soy candle-making workshop where we will share our tips and tricks. We also have a soy candle-making kit that you can make at home!


Once you have your candle-making equipment and supplies, a big decision is a container for your candles. Curious about what's safe and what's not? We thought we'd help you out with some considerations when picking one out! Because while coconut shells may seem to make great tropical candles, they can actually start more flames than a vacation atmosphere.


Obviously, your candle container needs to be heat-safe. Most glassware, ceramic, and pewter will work, but the following points need to be considered.

BOYE Soy Wax Candle Glass Jars With Lid

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When selecting glassware, keep in mind that it needs to be heat resistant, hold wax well, and be unlikely to break. Cracks when lighting candles can be disastrous! Some glassware may be too thin. Canning jars are a good choice. Not only are they cute, but they also meet the guidelines for heat resistance and wax retention. In addition to choosing acceptable glassware, there are some best practice precautions you can take to ensure your glassware doesn't crack.

First, always choose the right size wick for your candle. Over-wicking a candle can cause the glassware to overheat, which can lead to cracks. It will generate the perfect wick for your candle based on the diameter of the vessel and the type of wax you are using. Next, make sure your wick is centered. A wick that is not centered may cause the glass to overheat at one point, which could lead to cracks.


So, when deciding if your container will make a safe candle, there are 3 questions to ask yourself: 1) Will it break, 2) Will it catch fire, and 3) Will it leak?  


If you are confused or unsure, you can always purchase candle containers through a company that specializes in candle making supplies. Besides, old candle containers jars already make a great candle container! If you want to reuse an old candle jar, try this trick: put it in the refrigerator for a day or so. The cold will cause the wax to shrink and harden, making it easier to remove. Then take a butter knife and use it to scoop out the wax. Scrape off any remaining wax. If there are any soot stains on the top, rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball will remove them easily! Then wash and dry with soap and water.

If you want to get more information about the best jars for candle making, welcome to contact us.