Once upon a time, I was nice and decided to buy my dog wet food. The result was a a happy, fat, spoiled cocker spaniel and a lot of tin cans sitting around the apartment that I was trying to come up with a use for.
Then it hit me, candles.
After a good scrubbing that involved some bleach to get rid of any dog food smell, I set out to make Grapefruit Fir candles and Lavender Rose Candles.
I used tin cans, this soy candle wax, candle wicks, grapefruit essential oil, fir essential oil, and grapefruit zest for the Grapefruit Fir. For the Lavender Rose, I used rose oil from the candle section at Walmart, crushed rose petals and crushed lavender leaves.
Making them turned out to be pretty easy. I melted the wax in my toaster oven (I don’t own a microwave) stirring occasionally. Be prepared for the wax to melt down a lot. It took two bowls to fill the tin cans.
Then mix in your fragrances. I used about 12 drops of grapefruit oil and 3 drops of fir per bowl for the candle. And about 15 drops of rose.
While the picture doesn’t show this, I found it worked better to mix in the solid objects — leaves petals and zest — in the tin can once the wax started to cool a bit to keep it all from sinking to the bottom. I don’t have an exact recipe for how much of the zest or petals to add. For the lavender, I recommend using the leaves off of 2 sprigs and chopping it down.
From there, you pour it in and let it cool. Be sure to offer your wick some support or it will end up crooked like mine.
I had made this little watercolor labels the day before to dress them up a little bit.
So I just glued them on and tied it off with a string. And they were good to go. These are super easy to make and the possibilities for scents and containers are endless.