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?

eco-friendly wedding favors soy wax candles

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

DIY Soy Candle Favors

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.

DIY Soy Candle Favors

eco-friendly wedding favors soy wax candles

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.

eco-friendly wedding favors soy wax candles

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.

eco-friendly wedding favors soy wax candles

DIY Soy Candle Favors

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.

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Comments (63):

  • Art Creator on October 26, 2016

    Such a nice way to say thank you! Love this DIY Soy Candle Favors! :)
  • arpita on June 10, 2016

    awesome ideas and thanks for sharing. (Web design)
  • adonomist on April 9, 2016

    thanks for sharing this post..i easily understand how to make soy candle ..I will also make this candle and give my mom on her birthday... wedding candles
  • Chrissy on June 22, 2014

    The website you reference for soy wax sells bulk in 50 lbs. How many candles will that make in the size you did? I'm thinking of doing this project for my mops group. Thanks!
  • Katie on December 15, 2012

    These are just great! I only buy soy candles for air quality reasons and have recently stopped b/c I just can't afford them! I usually stay away from fragrant oil. Since that's what you said you used you may not be able to comment, but do you think essential oils would work as well? Thanks for your input. ...and when I eventually get to this project I will let you know if I try the essential oils and how it works! (we're in the middle of building a house so it may be a while)
  • Alexa on December 2, 2012

    I am also wondering where we can find another suggestion of yours for fragrance oils since there is no link to the one you mentioned on Etsy. Would love to do this for holiday gifts and would love your guidance! They look amazing!
  • Nic on November 28, 2012

    I see some mason jar candles in my future!
  • Michelle on November 17, 2012

    There is no link for the etsy store you used for your fragrance oils... could you provide that? does this take away from the "natural" soy wax and would you recommend using essential oils?
  • Sara on October 7, 2012

    Thanks for posting this! I found on Pinterest. I think this would be a great idea for Christmas gifts for my Kids teachers! :)
  • Tricia on October 2, 2012

    Cute tutorial. Another time saving tip....If you're using 100% pure soy wax you can zap it in the microwave at 50% power. Let it go for 2 minute intervals, stirring in between. I melt mine in an oversized measuring cup so it's ready to pour once it cools enough.
  • reggie on September 26, 2012

    Nice tutorial! These look great!
  • Morgan on September 15, 2012

    Can you use just any essential oils? I just worry that some might not be safe to burn with a wick.
  • Julie on September 7, 2012

    I really want to make these for my wedding in May 2013! Only problem is that most of the guest list will be flying in and I'm not sure if they are able to bring them in their carry-on luggage. Does anyone know if these are allowed?
  • Chelsea on September 5, 2012

    That seems fairly easy, I am defintiely going to give it a shot :) Thanks for sharing!!
  • tyler on August 30, 2012

    Great tutorial. People have so much fun making candles and definitely enjoy the finished product.
  • Bek on August 29, 2012

    This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing I'll be sourcing some wax and making some of these, thanks!
  • Jackie on August 25, 2012

    This is such a perfect party favor idea. I was searching today for ideas for my friend's upcoming baby shower. And I so want to do this. I wanted to ask, I didn't see a link for the etsy shop you said you suggest. Could you let me know which one it is? Thanks so much!
  • stephanie abadia on August 20, 2012

    In regards to the person who mentioned a concern about the candles getting dusty--cover the top of them with the ever wonderful press-and-seal wrap, and remove it when time to give the candle as a gift
  • Eloise on August 19, 2012

    Hello, Thank you for a lovely tutorial, I can't wait to give it a go. What is the link for the etsy shop to purchase candle scent from? Ta xoxo
  • Anika on July 15, 2012

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. These would also be fabulous favors for a baby shower!
  • Melissa on July 9, 2012

    These are great! What type font did you use for your labels?
  • MI Wedding on June 5, 2012

    How much did it cost you per candle?
  • Payton on May 4, 2012

    I love it!
  • Nikita @ Wedding Favors on April 17, 2012

    This is a fantastic idea! Using small jars meant for candies can be a perfect size, especially if you want to give one out to everyone and stay within your budget! Plus, DIY Favors are a perfect way to show your guests you are truly greatful that they are there. I absolutely love the photos and the gradient tags are lovely. How did you get the ink on there without bleeding onto the color?
  • April on March 27, 2012

    I love this idea! Where did you get your jars?
  • Kay on February 27, 2012

    I was wondering if you new if the oil fragrance you used says essential oil on it. I am trying to find out if I can make soy candles with 100% pure essential oil's/scent like Patchouli and Bergamot. Thank you for your help and great website.
  • Nicole on February 3, 2012

    Wonderful tutorial, thank you! I added it to my pins.
  • Lindsey on January 16, 2012

    I just searched on etsy and found a shop that looks great for fragrance oils. I haven't tried them yet, but here is the shop name: Candle Lynn Supplies
  • Errin on January 7, 2012

    Love this idea, but can you send the Esty link, it did not work when I clicked on it. Thanks
  • Claire Martine on December 20, 2011

    These are such cute DIY gifts!
  • Michelle on December 12, 2011

    Love this idea! Found it on Pinterest and plan on linking back to this post. Thanks for sharing!
  • Katie on December 5, 2011

    I love this idea!!!! Came across it on Pinterest. I will be making these as Christmas gifts for all the teachers/helpers at my children's schools! The kids can even help a little bit! Thank you!!!
  • arayana suarez on November 24, 2011

    The first time I made a candle was helping my daughter for a school project, and now I have found a passion for finding out as much information, and helping others by providing information about candle making.Coz,i've found out that burning candle can ease all the stress in mind and it is more relaxing if it scented one. Soy Wax Candles
  • Cassie Helwig on November 21, 2011

    I have been making soy candles for about 9 years now, and I love them! I always use a pencil to hold up the wick- wrap it around the pencil until the wax dries. After it's dry you trim it, and the wick now has a cute little candle at the top that adds a little extra sweetness when it is gifted. (trim before lighting, of course)
  • Kat on November 12, 2011

    Oh dear it seems the person you've recommended on Etsy has since closed their account. Do you have any other recommendations on where to buy the fragrance from? I've tried my hand at these before and finding a good quality oil as well as knowing the right quantity to use has always been a struggle for me. I'd love any suggestions you have to offer.
  • Inspire Me Heather on October 27, 2011

    These are so very sweet! I've got this linked to my blog today - I posted about candles. Have a lovely day!
  • lou on October 20, 2011

    i'm so glad i came across your tutorial. yesterday i've made my first soy candle and i'm testing it right now. after some hours of burning i realize that wax doesn't burn down evenly. on the one side it's all melted, on the other side nothing really burnt down. could it be that my wick is not 100% centered? other than that it's really beautiful and i since the melting temperature isn't that high i used some drops of the soy as a "hand cream" today. it makes the skin super soft. it'll be great if you new why it burns down so uneven. thanx alot!
  • Sarah on October 10, 2011

    If using essential oils how much would you need to use per lb?? Thanks so much!
  • charity on October 10, 2011

    just found this site, and what a great idea!! question, though...i followed the etsy link for eyespider, and it's been shut down. is there another place you would recommend for getting fragrance? thanks! i can't wait to try this!!
  • Kaylie on September 14, 2011

    Just saw this on Pinterest and can't wait to try it out! I live on a small island so I'll have to have things shipped, but I'm still so excited to create my own soy candles instead of purchasing the commercial junk at the store. Thank you!
  • karen on September 2, 2011

    I came across your site via Pinterest too and so glad I did. Thanks for this fantastic tutorial and off to explore the rest of your wonders now...;-)
  • Jodi on August 30, 2011

    how many tablespoons of fragrance per lb of wax? Thanks so much for posting!!
  • Tamara on August 12, 2011

    I'm getting married Oct 1st of this year and I had planned to purchase candles done by someone else but now after seeing yours I'm doing them myself. MUCH more personal and way better priced! Thanks for your sharing your talents.
  • jacquelyn | lark + linen on August 3, 2011

    I came accross this diy through pinterest (gotta love that site). This is amazing! Such a great little gift
  • Adrienne on June 12, 2011

    OMG this looks awesome (and super easy). I always preferred homemade gifts and this one looks like a winner.
  • on May 23, 2011

    @Brittany I used a stamp kit that I bought at Staples, but you can find it at any office supply store. Hope this helps!
  • Brittany on May 21, 2011

    I adore this project! What did you use to use to "stamp" the letters on the tie-dyed tag? I was assuming maybe it was a stamp set of some sort. Mind pointing me in the right direction, so I could find something to do the same? Thanks!!
  • Arizona Wedding's Magazine on April 18, 2011

    we love the idea of DIY party gifts - and we love them even more when they don't take a week to make! this is a perfect gift for anyone who loves the simplicity of a good candle love, arizona weddings magazine
  • jenn {bow tie & bustle} on April 15, 2011

    I love this idea! Super cute!
  • Stephanie Thomas on April 15, 2011

    Thank you so much for this post!! I've been looking and looking for DIY favors for months and I finally found what I'm going to do! Thank you :-)
  • Glenwood Springs CO Photographer on April 14, 2011

    This sounds like a lot of work, but look great. I love the idea of having non-toxic candles. The commercial ones are not so good for the environment or for people to breath. Thanks, Karen
  • on April 14, 2011

    @Dana I think I must have used about tablespoons per pound. They need more fragrance than soap, for example. So add more than you think you will need. HTH!
  • Dana on April 14, 2011

    What were the proportions of fragrance to wax? A couple of drops, or more? Thanks for the great idea; I might have to make my bridesmaids a few of these candles as thank yous!
  • WedinStyle wedding planner in Vietnam on April 14, 2011

    great ideas guys!!!
  • on April 14, 2011

    @Ashley, using 11oz jars I was making 2 candles per pound. So if you would use the same jar size using about 7-8 ounces in each candle, 50lbs would make 100 wedding favors. Hope this helps!
  • Ashley on April 14, 2011

    How many candles will one 50lb bag of wax make? Obviously it depends on what size containers are used but a rough estimate would be great!
  • kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer} on April 14, 2011

    Such a great idea! TFS!
  • Jacqueline H. Vo on April 14, 2011

    love this DIY! especially, the tie-dye tags.
  • on April 14, 2011

    @Steph you can start making them now! Just kidding, but they can be made months ahead. If you make them in containers with lids, they should be ok. If get dusty, I'm sure you could probably rinse them off and let them air dry? We're no candle makers, and boy are they easy to make!
  • jacin {lovely little details} on April 14, 2011

    wow this is a GREAT one!!
  • Stephanie on April 14, 2011

    How far out from the wedding would you recommend making these? Does the wax get funky or anything over time? I guess the biggest concern would be them getting dusty so I wouldn't want to do them too early but at the same time, I'm really worried about having too much to do in the month before the wedding...
  • colores on April 14, 2011

    Incredible, such a sweet and great idea!!!! Your blog is so inspiring!!! Every time a new idea!!!
  • Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL on April 14, 2011

    Such a simple and pretty gift. I love the print used to top the candle. Thanks for the DIY, I'd love to try this myself.


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