Are you looking for a fun project for teacher gifts, Christmas gifts, travelers, or maybe even wedding favors? My friend Leslie has been busy creating some beautiful miniature candle gifts that are perfect for so many different occasions. Here’s a super simple project that lets you share your favorite candle scents and give a personal customized gift.
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How to Make Miniature Candle Gifts
- Plain White Candles
- Wax melts
- Candle wicks
- Small Tins
- Popsicle sticks (optional)
- Drill (optional)
- Hot glue gun (optional)
- Labels or your Cricut machine
You can use any plain candles. For this project, Leslie used white prayer candles from Dollar Tree. Depending on the size of the candles, you will be able to get 3-4 tins per candle.
If you already have half used candles in your cabinets, use those! Just melt them down and combine with the wax melts for a custom scent.
You can buy wax melts anywhere they sell candles. Just pick the scent you want for your gift. Remember that they be less concentrated when you mix them with the rest of the white candle wax.
You can buy Avery round Labels on Amazon or make your own labels with your Cricut. Just print your design on the labels and you are ready to finish the gifts.
Set your candles in a metal loaf pan & add a foil lining in case anything spills. Place in the oven and turn on to 300°for approximately 30-45 minutes. Once melted, drop in 4 wax squares. Don’t make the mistake of turning the oven up too hot. You don’t want to cook the candles, just melt the wax.
Most of the wicks come with little sticks, but if you need more, you can easily use a drill and some popsicle sticks. Tape several popsicle sticks together with blue tape and drill straight through them all at once!
While you’re waiting for the wax to melt, prepare your tins. Either use a hot glue gun or the sticky dots to stick the wick in the center. Trim some of the wicks off so it’s not so long (easier to do before sticking in)
Once the wax is melted, carefully remove the wick from the old candles and set it aside. You can reuse this wick if want later.
Then carefully pour the prepared wax into your prepared tins. Place the wick through the popsicle stick to hold in the center while cools. The cooling part is key. If it cools too fast you’ll get cracks or holes. So just let it cool gently on its own.
Once the wax is cool, it will change colors and harden. You can then add your label and prepare for gifting season.
Leslie is going to use these for her son’s upcoming wedding, but wouldn’t they be perfect for teacher gifts or Christmas stockings? I can’t wait to make them myself!
These little tins are also perfect for homemade salves. Take a look at some of the ways I have used these metal tins in the past for other projects.