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If you’ve been joining us on the 12 Days of Craftsmas, welcome to day four!

What is Craftsmas?  We’ve teamed up with three other amazingly talented bloggers – Meet Our Life, Craftivity Designs and Making Joy and Pretty Things – to bring you twelve days of great DIY gift ideas. The best part? We’re doing a fantastic giveaway on day twelve, so be sure to stop back to enter!

DIY amberwood vanilla mason jar candle

Today is our first day of sharing and we’ve got a super easy project for you; an amberwood vanilla mason jar candle.

If you didn’t know, I have a candle obsession – did you see our candle house tour? So naturally, the first project I wanted to tackle was candle making. And after doing just one, I can confidently say they’re a breeze to make.

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The Supplies

  • Candle wax
  • Candle wick
  • Wick holder
  • Amberwood fragrance oil
  • Vanilla fragrance oil
  • Pot
  • Oven-safe bowl or smaller pan
  • Mason jar
  • Fabric [optional]
  • Twine [optional]
  • Christmas tag [printable below]
  • Candle tag [printable below]


The Process


Step one. Stick the candle wick to the bottom of the mason jar using wax (it helps if the wax is slightly heated – I just blew on mine a bit). Then thread the candle through the top of the wick holder.

Important Note: I would also recommend wrapping the wick around the candle holder several times for a more secure hold. I did not do this and my wick was slightly off-center.


Step two. Grab a pan and fill it with about two inches of water. Grab another pan or oven-safe bowl and set it on top of the pan filled with water. Turn on the burner – I had mine at about an eight.

Step three. Put the wax in the top pan/bowl to melt. For the smaller mason jars, I used about 1.25 blocks of wax.


Step four. When the wax is completely melted, add drops of your scented oil and stir to mix. I used three drops of amberwood and two drops of vanilla.


Step five. Verrryyy carefully, pour the melted wax into the mason jar.

Step six. Let stand for 24 hours to cool and solidify.

Step seven. Cut the wick to desired length.


Step eight. Cover the mason jar with fabric and attach the Christmas and product tag.

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check in tomorrow for another great DIY gift idea!

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Miss a day? 

Day One: Craftivity Designs, Personalized Leather Coaster

Day Two: Making Joy and Pretty Things, Gallery Wall Starter Kit

Day Three: Meet Our Life, Wooden Tray




  1. Sarah

    I’ve never heard of amberwood oil! I’ve been wanting to try making my own candles but I’ve been intimidated by the process. You made it look SO easy! And the pretty styling of the mason jar makes for the perfect gift!

    • Kelly

      Oh thank you Sarah! I found the amber wood oil at Michael’s and it smells just wonderful. A little more ‘manly’ than Sandlewood, if that make sense ? you totally need to try, it was SO easy!

  2. Lora

    These look beautiful, Kelly!! I love how you wrapped them, and I love the scent that you chose. Pinning! I’ll have to try it out 🙂

    • Kelly

      Thank you, Lora! You should definitely give it a shot – they were so easy to make!

  3. Sabrina

    Kelly, your candle turned out so nicely. I really love the way you wrapped it and the smell just sounds so delicious. I always wanted to make candles but I was always afraid it would be too complicated. Thanks to your step by step tutorial I feel comfortable enough to give it a try!

    • Kelly

      You should definitely try it yourself – it was so much easier than I expected! 🙂

  4. Susan K Pearson

    the wax you reference is in a 10 lb bag. How many candles does that amount of wax make, according to what you did here?

    • Kelly

      Hi Susan!
      I calculated it out to about .33 lbs of wax for one candle. The wax that I used came in twelve blocks and it was four pounds. I used one block for the candle. I hope this helps!



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