DIY Soy Candle Wedding Favors
If wedding plans are in your future, here's an idea for beautiful economical candle tins you can make for your guests. Whether your wedding is big or small, near or far, these DIY favors travel well and will serve as a reminder of the special day you shared with friends and family. And for a heads up on pricing, we've calculated the cost for this project using an average guest count of 120.
The fragrance choices are endless and will most likely be determined by your wedding season. We chose Raspberry Sangria, a great summer fragrance. Check out our complete list of fragrances here.
So, here's the supply list to make 120 - 4oz. candle tins using GB 464 Soy Wax with a fragrance level of 7%. The items in bold are supplies you will most likely need to purchase. Then take a look at the rest of the supplies. You may already have some or all of them, so we didn't include them in the cost.
Master Supply List for 120 Candle Tins
- 4 oz. Seamless Tins (120 pc. Case)
- 23 lbs. GB 464 Soy Wax (3 - 10 lb. bags)
- 2 Pouring Pitchers
- 1 - 8 inch glass thermometer
- 2 - 16 oz. bottles of Raspberry Sangria Fragrance Oil or fragrance oil of your choice
- 120 - ECO 10 Pretabbed Wick (2 bags)
- 120 Large Wick Stickums (2 -100 pc. Roll)
- 120 Small Warning Labels (2 - 100 pc. Rolls)
- 24 Wick Bars (12 pc. per bag) These are helpful for centering the wicks. We're including 2 pkgs. of 12 in the total cost. You can reuse these as you make your candle batches. Some other ideas for keeping the wicks in place would be wooden clothespins or metal clips like hairdressers use.
- Double Boiler
- Wooden Spoon (not to be used again for food prep) or Metal Spatula
- Paper towels and alcohol (70% Iso Propyl) for easy clean up
- 5 oz. dixie paper cups for measuring fragrance oil
- Digital Food Scale
- 1 oz. bottle of Liquid Candle Dye (optional)
Note: The subtotal for the above CandleScience supplies is approximately $213.93 which comes to about $1.80 per candle tin. This does not include personalized labels or the following items that you may already have at home: double boiler, wooden spoon, paper towels, paper cups, rubbing alcohol, and a digital scale.
Batch Supply List: Makes 12 Candle Tins
The directions below will make 12 - 4 oz. candle tins at a time, so you will make multiple batches according to how many you need. For example, if you need 120 candle tins, you will make 10 batches.
- Pouring Pitcher
- Digital Scale
- Double Boiler or Hot Plate
- 36 oz. Golden Brands 464 Soy Wax
- 2.5 oz. of Raspberry Sangria Fragrance Oil (or fragrance of your choice)
- 12 - 4 oz. Candle Tins
- 12 - ECO 10 Pretabbed Wick
- 12 - Wick Bars
- 12 - Large Wick Stickums
- 12 - Small Warning Labels
- 1 - 5 oz. Dixie Paper Cup
- Wooden Spoon or large metal spatula
- Alcohol and Paper Towels for easy clean up
Step 1: Weigh and Melt Soy Wax
Place the pouring pitcher on the scale and tare it to zero. Weigh 36 oz. of GB 464 Soy Wax into the container. Place the pouring pitcher of wax into the double boiler and heat wax to 185 degrees.
Step 2: Prepare Candle Tins
While the wax is heating, prepare the tins. Remove a wick stickum from the paper sheet and place the stickum on the bottom of each ECO 10 pretabbed wick. Place the wick in the center of each tin. Place a warning label on the bottom of each tin. (You can do this step ahead of time if you want.)
Step 3: Weigh Fragrance Oil
Place the empty dixie cup on the scale and tare the scale to zero. Pour the fragrance oil into the cup until you weigh 2.5 oz. of fragrance oil. (Try to do this when the wax is close to 185 degrees. If you pour the fragrance into the cup too early, some of the fragrance will seep into the paper cup and your percentage of fragrance will be less than 7%.)
Step 4: Add Fragrance Oil to Liquid Soy Wax
When the wax reaches 185 degrees, remove the pouring pot from the heat and place it on a level surface. Carefully add the 2.5 oz. of Raspberry Sangria Fragrance Oil (or the scent of your choice) and stir gently but thoroughly for about a minute. Let the fragranced wax cool to 145 degrees. NOTE: While you're waiting for the wax to cool to 145 degrees, you can begin to melt the next batch of wax in the double boiler.
Step 5: Pour Wax Into Candle Tins
When the wax cools to 145 degrees, carefully pour the fragranced wax into the 12 prepared candle tins up to the embossed ring on the inside of the tin. Use a wick bar to straighten and center each wick. Allow to cool overnight.
Step 6: Remove Wick Bars and Trim Wick
When the wax is completely solid, remove the wick bar and trim each wick to 1/4 inch. Place a lid on the top of the tin. If desired, add a personalized label.
Finished Wedding Favors with Decorative Label
A few tips: It's best to allow the candles to cure for about a week but no longer than six weeks before your event. Store the candles at room temperature (about 72 degrees.)
Note: Be sure to follow all candle burning safety rules.
Use a paper towel and alcohol to wipe out any wax left in the pot. Do not pour extra wax down the sink. If there's enough wax to save, label a paper cup with the wax and fragrance, pour the melted wax into the cup and allow to cool. When you want to make more candles or tea lights, tear and discard the paper cup, and place the solid wax chunk into your double boiler to remelt.
That's it! Except for one thing…If you want to add color, here's what to do: While the wax is melting (Step 1) in the double boiler, add 6 drops of liquid color to the pot and mix thoroughly. For a deeper color, add 12 drops. It's a good idea to do a sample test to be sure the color is what you want. Follow this link for more information: http://www.candlescience.com/faq/77/candle-making/how-can-i-tell-what-color…
External Link: We suggest using OnlineLabes.com as a resource to make personalized labels for your candle tins: http://www.onlinelabels.com