Homemade Holidays: Crock Pot Candles

December 8th, 2009 - filed under: The Farm » Home


Growing up in my house, we always made our own holiday gifts. We were pretty poor, and I suppose it was our only option. But it was never presented to me like that (I didn’t even know what ‘poor’ was, really, and I had a stupendously fabulous childhood full of ‘thing finding’ and ‘government cheese’. But that’s another story.) It was all about crafting our caring into something unique, something personal. My mom and I made play-doh ornaments, or baskets of baked goods, or clay coffee mugs. And, I guess, the tradition has just continued.

The first holiday season that Damian and I spent together, I was a starving college student. So I thrifted the softest cashmere sweater I could find (this was pre-vegan), disassembled it, and sewed it into a pillowcase. I needlepointed ‘Damian’s Head Here —->’ into the corner. Damian, who is sort of obsessed with really soft things, loved it. It’s still on our bed.

Last year we made all our gifts together – our attempt at canning. All our friends and family got our truly terrible plum syrup, sugar-free strawberry jam, and tomato starter sauce. Hey, it was our first time! And it’s the thought that counts, right?

Anyway, there I go reminiscing. Pregnancy and the holidays have got me all nostalgic! But all of this story-telling serves a purpose: to introduce this years gift projects. First up – candle making!

How To Make Candles In A Crock Pot

All you need is some wax, some wicks + wick bases, and some candle-holders. I used soy wax because it’s vegan and I think it makes superior quality candles (just my preference, I love soy candles!). It’s available at any craft store along with a selection of other options. I used precut wicks that came in their bases, because they were really cheap. But you can also buy wick string and cut it yourself. Both are available at the craft store. For candle holders, I just used a bunch of shot glasses I’d purchased years ago for a party, and never even opened. You could also upcycle your old candle holders, or hit the thrift stores for anything from shot glasses to tea cups, whatever you can imagine can become a funky candle holder.

Optional additions include color (candle dye is available at the craft store) and smell. I used eucalyptus essential oil, but you can also buy scents specifically designed for candles (though you certainly don’t need to and can use any essential oil you’ve got). You’ll also probably want a wooden skewer for stirring hot wax (a chopstick or a length of wire, like from a hanger, would probably work just as well)

Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, set aside some time when you’ll be around the house for a couple of hours. I made these candles on Sunday afternoon, whilst cleaning the kitchen and then suggling with the husband for movie time. Just make sure you’ll be nearby and available for frequent checks. You don’t want to deal with a waxy mess (or worse!).

1) Spoon the pieces of wax into your candle holders and arrange them in the bottom of the crock pot. Don’t overcrowd and definitely don’t stack! Turn the crock to high, cover, and go do something else.


2) 20-30 minutes later you can check back. Your wax will probably be melted and you’ll probably notice your candles aren’t as full as you’d like. So carefully add more wax to each container. You may have to do this for a few rounds.


3) When the candles are as full as you like and you’ve let them get good and hot and melty, it’s time to add the essential oils. You’ll need to call for an assistant. “Assistant!”


3.5) He was very helpful. So, using a dropper add 5-15 drops of your odor-of-choice to each candle. I wanted a more mild, mellow vibe so I only used 5 drops. If you were to use color, this is where you would add the dye as well.


4) Stir it up! (note bulging belly creeping into the pic)


5) Add your wicks. Carefully insert them and make sure they’re centered. They should stay straight up on their own, so don’t worry about that.



6) Turn the crock pot off. Leave it uncovered. Go do something else.


Over the next few hours the wax will cool and harden. They’ll be hard enough to handle if you’d like to remove them after a few hours, but give them at least 6+ hours before you really toss ‘em around. They need plenty of time to get good and set.

And that’s it, just a few hours of monitoring and six easy steps gets you these adorable, customized gifts that anyone would be delighted to receive. They’re so cute, no?


Happy Holidays!

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  • LisawithGary Shaw

    My husband is a fire fighter and fire inspector and he reviewed these directions with me and found them reasonably safe. The crockpot will not get hot enough to ignite anything, they are designed to prevent this and make them safe for use in doors.

  • Libby123

    Raevyn is not talking about the slow cooker being dangerous. She’s talking about making sure that the glass into which the candle is poured can withstand the heat of the flame when burning the candle, as well as the safety of exposing certain essential oils to an open flame. I’m sure your husband, as an emergency first responder, can attest to the danger of a burning candle sputtering and burning out of control as well as the danger of flinging sharp shards of glass.
    The jerks who decided they would insult her personally should have the memorable experience of flying glass and spattering hot wax in their homes. Or maybe their children’s eyes. Then maybe they’d all shut their festering yaps.

  • LisawithGary Shaw

    That’s not at all what it sounds like to read it here, it sounds like she is just pissing all over someone else’s great idea and being a troll, kind of like your comment.

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    Why are you so hostile about this? You’re acting as though I insulted you personally, which I did not do. Yes, I did characterize some people as jerks, but only those who acted like jerks by saying stupid and insulting things about a perfectly innocent caution that Raevyn made. Perhaps you should go back and read what she said, what you said and what I said. I didn’t piss on anyone, nor did I suggest that you did either.

    But now, I don’t give a damn what you think.

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    The only person who is projecting hostility in this discussion is you, with your blanket judgements of everyone and your name calling.

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    Love this!! ❤I use candles so much! & This post is by far the easiest way I’ve seen! What size container of soy wax did u get? How many candles can it make?

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    I do it all the time. I don’t throw away the stub of a candle when it has burned down. Just melt the pieces and add a wick.

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    I had an actual candle holder explode last year. It was one of the Home Interior ones you put into a wooden holder. Scared me to death. I think the glass canning jars are better ideas. Everyone likes a canning jar lately. They have one that is suppose to be for jelly, that is smaller at the bottom and shapes up larger and you can get tops for them and put a ribbon around the top or a piece of cotton for an older look.

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    Thanks for this craft idea..I have a few family members who love candles..heading out to my craft store

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    well said. what an AHole. I use small babyfood jars and they have never cracked or broken on me yet

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