Container Candles

These wonderful candles are a fun project that will leave your home beautifully lit and wonderful smelling.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007


  • 2/3 cup Hydrogenated soybean wax or food shortening

  • 2 2/3 bars Paraffin wax

  • Double boiler

  • Dye pellets or food coloring

  • 5 teaspoons essential oils (such as vanilla, cinnamon stick, or apple)

  • Stirring spoons

  • Container for candle (able to withstand extremely hot water; has a thick base)

  • Cotton, medium-gauge wick

  • Popsicle stick

  • Metal wick holder

  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks


  1. Begin by melting your paraffin wax in a double boiler; then add the hydrogenated soybean wax. Add dye -- or food coloring -- to create your desired color; add essential oils to the wax to create fragrance. Stir together and allow mixture to melt. Once the mixture reaches 165 degrees, you are ready to pour.

  2. Attach bottom of wick to metal wick holder. Attach wick, now attached to wick holder, to bottom of candle container with hot glue; press into place and let cool.

  3. Rest Popsicle stick across the top of candle container; wrap wick around Popsicle stick to prevent it from falling into the candle container.

  4. Fill your candle container 3/4 full with wax. A skin will form within 30 minutes; wax will appear solid in about one hour, but it will take 6 hours to set. Be sure not to move the candle while it is still liquefied.


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