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Jelly Jar Candles




Most of us grew up drinking our milk out of jelly glasses. But using the jars that way neglects one of their most useful properties: the ability of their thick, tempered glass to withstand heat. Antique jelly jars are perfect vessels for scented candles, which make wonderful gifts.


  • Wick with a metal wick tab
  • Glass jar
  • Plumbers' or wick putty
  • Bleached beeswax
  • Double boiler
  • Candy thermometer
  • Pure, oil-based plant essence, such as lavender, sandalwood, or jasmine


  1. Step 1

    To begin, fix a wick with a metal wick tab to the bottom of a jar using plumbers' or wick putty; suspend the wick from a pencil laid across the top of the jar.

  2. Step 2

    Place some bleached beeswax (1 pound fills four or five 8-ounce jars) in a double boiler, and heat to 135 degrees (check with a candy thermometer).

  3. Step 3

    Remove wax from heat, and stir in about 50 drops of a pure, oil-based plant essence, such as lavender, sandalwood, or jasmine. (The exact amount will depend on the oil's intensity and your own preference.)

  4. Step 4

    Pour wax into jars; set jars in a cold-water bath to cool. Add more wax as needed.

Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1995



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