We’re this close to our final DIY wedding favor project, but fret not. We have another great project in store for you today, and it’s so timely with Earth Day coming up next week. These soy wax candle favors were made using recycled materials, natural ingredients, and it’s also very budget-friendly. Sounds like an all around winner, non?
What you’ll need:
– Soy wax flakes (UPDATE 2014: this has the best price-per-pound that I found: here…or support your local candle supply shop since we’re talking green)
– Wick (here + here)
– Containers. They can be vintage teacups, recycled jars, old tumblers, Depression glass goblets …
– Pitcher with spout
– Fragrance oil
2014 UPDATE: you need 2 ounces of fragrance oil per pound of candle wax
We recommend fragrance oil over essential oils, but you can probably use essential oils (they are much pricier though).
– Popsicle sticks, chopsticks, or something to hold the wick (we drilled a hole in the middle of Popsicle sticks, but you can also find readymade ones at candle supply stores)
– Candle dye, optional
Melt soy wax flakes in a double boiler, add in your favorite scents and dye. Once flakes have completely melted, set your pot away to cool down for a few seconds. In the meantime, warm up your glass containers using a blow-dryer for a minute. This will help the wax cool more evenly! Pour wax into containers, thread wick with Popsicle stick and let it cool for a few hours until solid. Cut wick about 1/4 inch long.
For the packaging, we used recycled handmade gift wrap and watercolor tags. To make these tags, paint sheets of watercolor paper in different hues. Great stress reliever! Cut tags with a paper punch and tie your wedding favors using twine or other eco-friendly ribbon.
We added a label on the lids of the jars for guests to easily find their favorite scents. One tip to avoid mislabeling scents when packaging is to add tiny color coding labels on the bottom of the jars before you begin pouring the wax.
You can use the leftover unscented wax to make tea lights for your reception tables! One pound of soy wax flakes makes two wedding favors using a 11oz jars and it costs well under a dollar each not including the containers. UPDATE 2014: 11 oz jars will be best for gifts. For cheap wedding favors, use smaller jars like 4-6 oz and this project will yield twice as many wedding favors, bringing the cost of each to around 50 cents or less, not counting the cost of containers.