Candles are an integral part of an Irish Christmas, and today I'm going to share some ideas about how to brighten your Christmas with homemade candles. They make perfect gifts for loved ones and friends.
Candles make a home feel cozy and warm. With a little fragrance oils you can add some lovely aromas to your candles. But have you ever found they can be a little pricey?
Making DIY candles at home can be the solution. They're not as complicated to make as you might think. All you need is a little know-how and a few key supplies including a wick, wax and a holder.
With these inexpensive supplies to hand all you need is a little guidance from some crafting bloggers, who are DIY experts. Here you'll find some spectacular ideas for homemade Christmas candles, plus some ideas on how to add some pizzazz to store boutght plain candles.
Glitter Candles - Two Sisters Crafting
A little Christmas glitter with some Mod Podge is what you'll need to add a little extra flair to some white candles.
You'll find the complete tutorial for this 30-minute project from Two Sisters Crafting.
DIY Chocolate Brownie Candle - Totally the Bomb
Chocolate means Christmas for many of us, so why not add a little chocolate aromas to your candles.
Here's what you'll require - a mason jar, corn syrup, soy wax flakes, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate brownie pecan pie wax cubes, plus a candle wick.
This candle recipe was contributed by Jamie from Totally the Bomb website.
DIY Mug Candle - A Pumpkin and a Princess
A campfire enamel mug is the star of this candle tutorial. It makes a perfect vessel for the melted wax. Scent is added using the essential oil of your choice.
This wonderful candle was contributed by 'A Pumpkin and a Princess.'
How to Make a Caned Candle Holder - A Beautiful Mess
These caned candle holders are a dramatic centerpiece addition to any dining table. This retro 70's style is create using caning, a rattan style material.
It adds wonderful texture and warmth to these spectacular candle holders. Thank you to Elsie and Emma from 'A Beautiful Mess' for this fabulous craft idea.
Homemade Apple Spice Candle - This Mama Loves
Candle making at Christmas time is fun, and adding some apple spice fragrance is a wonderful way to add a festive feel to these DIY gifts.
They're free of any harmful chemicals or toxins. The aromas are created using cinnamon, apple pie seasoning and apple scented essential oil.
Many thanks to Brett from This Mama Loves blog for this festive gift idea.
DIY Christmas Mason Jar Candle Holder - The Nerd's Wife
Mason jars are decorated in festive colors for these delightful container candles. Quart sized mason jars are creatively uplifted using epsom salts, pine sprigs, foam cranberries, and votive candles.
Arena from The Nerd's Wife shared this inventive project.
DIY Frosted Candle Holder - A Mom's Take
Frosted glass says Christmas all the way. Create a frosted touch to a glass container using Mod Podge and epsom salts. A little food coloring can add some extra interest to the frosting effect.
Learn how to make these ingenious frosted candle holders with a tutorial from Janel at A Mom's take.
How to Make Dipped Candles at Home - Kids Activities Blog
Making dipped candles at home is easier than you think. You can use beeswax, paraffin wax, wax beads or chopped up old candles to create your very own dipped candles.
I like the idea of melting and reusing the butts of old candles. They're simply chopped up and added to a heat resistant jar. It is heated in a saucepan half filled with water to melt the wax.
You'll find the step-by-step instructions on Holly Homer's Kids' Activities blog.
Easy Homemade Advent Candles - Kids' Craft Room
These creative candles are decorated with a countdown line for Advent. Posca paint markers are used to write on wax table candles.
This wonderful design comes from Emma at Kids Craft Room.
How to Make Personalized Photo Candles - It's Always Autumn
This idea involves transferring a favorite photo onto packing tape, which can then be applied to a glass candle holder.
This is a quick and simple craft idea from Autumn at It's Always Autumn.
Gold Dipped Candles - Vicky Barone
Golden tones add a rich glow to festive decor. Here's a simple idea to transform ordinary candles into a Christmas favorite.
The required supplies are uncomplicated. All you need is white candles of any shape or size, some painter’s tape, and metallic spray paint.
These Christmas gift candles are the creation of Vicky Barone.
DIY Peppermint Mason Jar Candles - A Pumpkin and a Princess
For these peppermint candles all you have to do is melt some candle wax, mix in your favorite scent, then pour the candle wax into a mason jar.
This tutorial is for soy peppermint essential oil candles and is the brain child of A Pumpkin and a Princess.
DIY Pumpkin Spice Soy Candle - A Cultivated Nest
This homemade pumpkin spice candle is a soy candle, making it far safer than traditional candles. Paraffin wax candles release chemicals into the air, and produce soot and emissions.
These soy candles are made using the following ingredients soy wax flakes, an orange crayon for color, pumpkin pie spice, nutmet, cinnamon and a weighted candle wick.
Thank you to Manuela from A Cultivated Nest for this contribution.
Make Your Own Beeswax Candles - A Beautiful Mess
Beeswax candles are actually really easy to make yourself and this tutorial will help you figure out the whole process from melting the wax in an old saucepan, to inserting the wick and shaping your candles.
These bees wax candles are non-toxic, and even have a lovely honey aroma. This in depth tutorial incudes information on how to flame and burn your candle to try to avoid tunneling.
This candle recipe is from Elsie and Emma at A Beautiful Mess.
Old Glass Cups Become Christmas Candles - Refresh Living
This idea uses old glass cups as the candle mold. Glass cups that belonged to vintage punch bowl sets make the perfect candle holder. Watch out for these old cups at thrift stores or garage sales.
These containers are decorated with vinyl stensils and paint. Thank you to Refresh Living for this wonderful Christmas craft idea.
I hope you find this roundup of candle craft tutorials helpful. From what to do with too much wax, to melting wax in a pot or microwave, to knowing the correct temperature of the wax, this collection of innovative crafts are brimming over with incredible tips.
Thank you to all the amazing bloggers who gave permission to add their ideas to this Christmas craft roundup.
And always remember that lighting a candle in the window is an Irish Christmas tradition.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
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