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Aug 11, 2014

How to: Make DIY Rustic Masculine Candles

How to make a reusable rustic candle. Photos: Gabriel Cabrera

Can't get into the floral smells and garish artwork of storebought candles? Nope, us either. So  we came up with our very own DIY version to make a reusable rustic candle that any guy can be proud to burn in his home. (Or log cabin?)

Scented candles can be quite expensive and usually super fragrant... which is totally fine if you're relaxing at the spa with cucumbers over your eyes. (We're not judging...) So, we suggest making your own affordable candles in a reusable container that can be filled up over and over. Light it up. 

How To Make a Reusable Rustic Candle

How to make a reusable homemade candle. Photos: Gabriel Cabrera

 
Materials:

  • Rustic mug or container (try an enamel mug designed for camping, or an old cup from the secondhand store)
  • A penny
  • Essential oil of your choice. We recommend: cinnamon, pine, cedar, or citronella (acts a mosquito repellent too!). NOTE: It's very important that you check that the oil is suitable for candle making as some oils can only be used for low-temp projects (e.g. soaps).
  • 1/2 a pound-ish of wax - For this project we used 24 candles from the dollar store. *See more details below.
  • Candle wick (you can buy one at your local craft store or you can use one from the melted candles).
  • A chopstick or wooden skewer
  • A bowl and a saucepan to make a double boiler.

* You can purchase wax at your local craft store, but it can be a bit pricey, at around $20 or more per pack. Instead, we went to the dollar store and bought a few packs of "emergency candles." For the amount needed for this project we spent around $4.00 USD.

How to make a reusable rustic candle


Make it:

1: Make a double boiler by placing a bowl over a pot with water (make sure the water's not touching the bowl). Bring water to a boil and reduce heat so it simmers.

2: Add wax/candles and let them melt. Add a few drops of the essential oil. Stir with a chopstick. 

3: While everything is melting - "glue" the penny to the candle wick by using a few drops of wax. Place the penny right in the center of the cup and tie a knot around the chopstick to keep it from moving.

How to make a reusable rustic candle

 
4: *Carefully* start pouring the hot, scented wax into the cup. Save a a bit of wax for any touch ups.

5: The wax will contract a bit while it cools down. If it shrinks too much around the edges, use the left over wax to fill up any holes.

6: Cut the excess wick and light it up!

How to make a rustic candle

 
TIPS:

  • Got wax on your clothing? No worries, just place a piece of newspaper on top of it and iron it on high heat. Once you get rid of it, rinse the spot in hot water.
  • Don't want to use a double boiler? Then buy microwaveable soy wax at the craft store. Nuke it and follow the same steps above.
  • NEVER heat the wax directly on the stove as it could ignite. Yikes!

And...that's it. Once the candle is consumed, refill it with more wax. That's another brand new candle for just a few bucks. Use it at home while reading, in the kitchen to get rid of strong smells, or to light your camp in the backcountry. 

 

 

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Bacon grease won't really make it smell like bacon. I used an old tea light holder (poker themed) and just poured bacon grease in it using regular string as a wick. The only time you smell bacon is when you blow it out and only for a second or two. It's basically a white, unscented candle. I had the string and holder on hand, and the grease is leftover, so it basically cost me nothing.

How much essential oil do you recommend using?

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I agree with Ben D - the size of wick really has to match the diameter of your candle or all that happens is that the wax will flood in and put your wick out. So - use a thicker, longer-burning wick OR put several thinner wicks into your mug :-)

Rustic candles in tea cups seems great....These days, more and more modern fashion and lifestyle brands are churning out candles with frangnace.

Soy wax is also microwavable.  Also, I like breaking down old soy candles and then using them for a new candle.  ManCans are awesome because they've proven you can just use an old soup can (just don't touch it for a while once it's lit).  From a huge fan who has ovaries.  

Thanks for your feedback and tips fellas! Will def. take note for the next candle project! :)

I just love this project....I have made many mug candles they look gorgeous and are a fantastic piece of decor. The bbest thing I like about them are that the mugs can be reused again again until they are not broken.

I like everything about this but the wick is way too small for the size of your candle. Also, beeswax is a fantastic option, as it burns longer and better.

Emergency candles are usually made from parraffin, for scented candles you should use like palm or soy wax because it's better for your health. Parraffin wax contains some bad ingredients that can be bad for your lungs when you inhale it over and over again. 

Anyways, nice manly looking candles!

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