It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and it is the best smelling too from cookies to egg nog to fresh Christmas trees. This could possibly be our favorite DIY we have shared yet, and it’s a lot of fun to make with friends or even kids. (Nice to know we are bringing people together for more reasons than drinking!) Our new Copper Tumblers are available in a 4 pack and make the perfect vessel for this project. We’re going to show you how to obtain the smells of the season in candle form! These candles are the perfect homemade gift for neighbors, teachers, and anyone who likes to smell things that are delicious and stare at things that are pretty. Side note: this tutorial can work in any of our other copper pieces including the mini shots or mugs!
DIY: HOLIDAY COPPER CANDLES
You will need:
Soy Candle Wax ( We recommend this one Golden Brands 464 )
Holiday Candle Fragrance ( We recommend scents from Candle Science )
Measuring Cup (Pyrex)
6 inch Candle Wicks ( We recommend these pre-tabbed wicks )
Wick Stickers (optional)
First, you’ll want to create a prep area for pouring the candles – it can get a little waxy and messy if you aren’t so gentle. We used two cookie sheets lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Once you’re set up, you’ll want to measure out the wax for how many candles you will be making. Each tumbler holds 13 oz. so we are making 12 oz. candles.
Next you’re ready to begin melting your wax. In a pot or sauce pan large enough to hold the pitcher, create a double boiler by putting a few inches of water in the pan on high heat. Place the pitcher into the boiling water and begin pouring in the wax chips to melt stirring frequently to melt faster.
Continue heating the wax until it reaches 185 degrees. Once the wax has reached this temperature, take the pitcher off the double boiler and onto a heat safe surface. Measure out your fragrance; you’ll want to use 1 oz. of fragrance per 16 oz. of wax. Stir in the fragrance and store for a few minutes to combine.
Let the scented wax cool for several minutes until it reaches 135 degrees – this is the temperature it is safe the pour the wax in the tumblers so it sets up perfectly.
While you are waiting for the wax to cool, begin prepping the copper tumblers by wicking them. We used adhesive wick stickers which are extremely easy to use (also available from Candle Science here) and keep the wick in place. Try to get them as centered as possible at the bottom of the cup.
You can also purchase wick bars which help keep the wicks centered once the wax is poured. We made our own out of recycled cardboard by cutting them close to the cup width and cutting a slit in the center to hold the wick.
Once the wax has cooled and the copper tumblers are set up with wicks over the prep area, you’re ready to pour. Try to pour the wax quickly but steadily so it’s not spilled. Pouring quickly helps the wax set evenly without cracking. Let the candles set overnight and you’re finished!
These candles make the perfect gift, and because they are so pretty, we decided to wrap them in clear cellphone with a simple ribbon. We hope you enjoyed this DIY and will now make your own Holiday Copper Candles in our Copper Tumbler Cups! As a thank you for reading our blog, we want to get you back with 10% off any order on our website. Please use code: CANDLEBLOG10 at checkout.
CHEERS & H A P P Y HOLIDAYS,
Copper Mug Co.