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Pumpkin-Spice Scented Candles

Fall's signature scent is the inspiration for these homemade candles. And when poured into tinted orange mason jars, they're given an especially autumnal glow.

Make your own pumpkin spice candles with our easy tutorial.

Photography: Alexandra Churchill

Source: Martha Stewart


Note: 2 pounds of chips yield 32 fluid ounces of wax.


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  • 2 pounds soy-wax chips

  • 6-inch wicks with tab

  • Glass vessels, such as tinted jars in various sizes

  • Wooden skewers

  • Yellow and red liquid dye

  • Pumpkin spice essential oil (by ArtMinds, $3.99 for 0.5 fl oz.,

  • Heatproof glass measuring cup


  1. Place wax chips in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until completely melted.

  2. Dip wick tab in melted wax and center at bottom of a jar. Wrap other end of wick around skewer; knot. Rest skewer across top of jar until wax dries.

    Make your own pumpkin spice candles with our easy tutorial.
  3. Add drops of liquid dye to melted wax, following about a 1-to-3 ratio of red dye to yellow dye; stir. Continue adding dye until wax is orange in color.

  4. Stir in about 40 drops of oil total for each cup of wax.

  5. Fill jars, leaving a 1/4-inch rim at top. Let set until firm; trim wicks.

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