Summer has me dreaming of spending time on the beach. My favorite part of the beach is the gorgeous blue water of the ocean. I could sit and stare at the waves all day long! Today I’m sharing a fun nautical-inspired candle DIY. It’s made with palm wax, which crystalizes as it cools to create pretty, unique textures in the wax. The interesting layers and swirls of color remind me so much of the ocean!
Supplies needed to make your own candle DIY:
- Natural Crystalizing Palm Wax
- Wide Mouth Pint Mason Jar
- Fragrance Oil
- Soap Making Dye (I used turquoise)
Start by melting the wax on medium heat in an old saucepan. At first it will be chunky. Keep heating it just until the wax looks clear and smooth.
Remove from heat and add about 20 drops of fragrance oil. Then add 1/2 the bottle of colorant. It will look like it’s not mixing into the wax. That’s okay! That’s what gives the candle DIY its unique color variations after it cools.
Pour the wax into the mason jar. Center a wick in the hot wax, then tape it to a pencil to keep it centered while the wax cools.
Once the wax is cool, trim the wick to about 1/2 inch from the top of the wax. You’ll be left with a beautiful candle that looks like the ocean!
One package of palm wax made one pint sized candle and I had just enough wax leftover to make a smaller jelly jar sized candle. I chose to make my candle in a mason jar because I thought it added to the rustic charm, but you can use any clear glass container. THIS hanging nautical glass jar would be so cute with an ocean candle inside!This ocean candle DIY would make a great gift for a beach-loving friend… if you can bear to give it away. Ha!
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Jennifer is a wife and mother of three. She blogs at TheCraftPatchBlog.com, where she shares craft tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and loads of creative inspiration for home and family. When she’s not blogging or crafting, Jennifer loves to shop at thrift stores, play kickball with her family and adventure in the great state of Idaho.