Monday, July 05, 2010

Snapsuit Decorating Baby Shower: Recycled Baby Food Jar Candles

Party Favors: Baby Food Jar Soy Candles

A simple token or gift for each guest is always a nice way to say “thanks for coming.” An easy favor to make is soy candles in baby food jars. You can melt the soy wax in a microwave and make a batch of candles in less than an hour. Once the candles are cooled they can be packaged in take-out boxes with gift tags made from the onesie template.

Soy container-blend wax
Recycled glass baby food jars
Cotton-cored wick
Metal wick base
Candle thermometer
Large glass measuring cup
Optional: fragrance or color chips


1.Thoroughly clean the baby food jars. Attach the metal wick base to one end of the wick, following instructions on the package. Wrap the other end of the wick to the center of a skewer; balance the skewer across the opening of the jar. The skewer will keep the wick straight during the pouring and cooling stages.

2. Place the soy wax in a large glass measuring cup. In a microwave, melt on medium temperate in short intervals. (1 minute at a time) Remove and place the thermometer in the wax, stir as needed, until the melted wax has reached a temperature of 160 degrees (never heat above 160 degrees). Note: One pound of melted soy wax will make 2-1/4 c. liquid wax.

3. Cool the wax to 110 degrees, pour it very slowly into the prepared jar. Make sure the wick is centered and taut. When the wax is completely cool, trim the wick to 1/4" long. In order for the fragrance to settle, wait four days before burning.


  1. What a wonderful idea. My mom made snowglobes with my baby food jars using cement glue, fish tank rocks, glitter, and a little decoration for the center.

  2. Robin,

    I love making snow-globes with little jars, so fun!


  3. Such a great idea! I am going to feature this on tonight!
    Thanks for the inspiration,


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