There’s nothing else quite as relaxing as lighting a candle and watching it glow while you sip tea, read a book, or even just go about your day. Candles are especially pleasant if they give off a nice aroma or add to your decor scheme in a pretty way. They can, however, be expensive if you want good quality. Instead of buying candles, why not consider making your own with the precise appearance and smell you’d like most?
Check out these 15 awesome DIY candle ideas that will have you gathering supplies before you’re even finished reading!
1. Funfetti candles
Putting sprinkles all over a birthday cake sure seems like a good idea, but have you ever thought of putting them in a candle? Besides look totally awesome, the sugary little pieces will make the candle smell sweet as it melts. Check out how it’s done on Sewlicious Home Decor.
2. Mini ice cube candles
Silicone ice cbe trays are a surprisingly versatile tool when it comes to DIY projects! We love the size of these little candles by Indulgy. They’re perfect for making floating candle displays!
3. Soy wax candles
Making your own candles with soy wax instead of other types of wax has several benefits! For example, soy wax burns longer, produces less soot in the jar, and is easier to clean so you can recycle the jar once you’ve burned the entire candle. Check out how Going Home to Roost made these soy wax candles.
4. DIY votive candles
These adorably sized and coloured votive candles by Something Turquoise dry with a pretty marbled finished that we think adds to their decor power. This tutorial walks you through each step of making them.
5. Orange, mint, and coconut wax candle
This tutorial by Sprinkles in Springs guides you through the process of adding orange, mint, and coconut to your DIY wax recipe to make it smell irresistibly fresh. We love natural ingredients!
6. Pressed herb candles
Making your own DIY candles is particularly easy if you use things that are already available to you in your own back yard! Lavender, for example, is an awesome and easily accessible natural ingredient. Adventures in Making shows you how to incorporate your own herbs into your homemade candles.
7. Colour block crayon candles
Brit + Co teaches you to make candles that are a little brighter and more modern looking than some of the all natural recipes! We love that you can choosing any combination of colours in the crayon box with this project.
8. DIY beeswax candles
If you want to get really traditional and also keep things smelling natural and delicious, consider making your DIY candles from actual beeswax! This tutorial by The Prairie Homestead lays it all out for you.
9. French vanilla candles
We particularly love this French vanilla candle recipe by Hello Glow because it also incorporates fragrant coffee beans. Between the two aromas, your room will be filled with a warm fall scent that you won’t be able to get enough of.
10. Homemade cinnamon spice candle
Still in the category of deliciously scented candles that give off a fall time aroma, we present to you this fragrant cinnamon candle by The Happier Homemaker! It’ll make your entire room smell like Thanksgiving.
11. Sea shell tea lights
She Knows walks you through the surprisingly simple process of transforming those beautiful little sea shells you found on the beach last summer into decorative tea light candles that are perfect for enjoying a glow while you take a relaxing bath!
12. Coffee candles
Do you love nothing more than the smell of fresh coffee brewing in the morning? Do you wish you could smell it all the time without drinking too many cups and getting jumpy? Try making yourself a coffee scented candle instead! eHow walks you through the process step by step.
13. DIY teacup candles
If you’re looking for a tutorial that will definitely give you some extra decor, then we’ve got the one for you! Yes Missy shows you how to create these adorable little candles inside teacups. Whether yours are new, vintage, or even broken, they’ll look adorably classic when you light them.
14. Recycled grapefruit candles
Sugar and Charm shows you how to create a brand new candle out of the leftovers from all your old ones! As a bonus tip, they also show you how to add a deliciously fresh grapefruit scent to your new votive.
15. DIY gel candles
Perhaps you love candles and want to make your own but you’re not into the idea of working with wax at all? Fab Furnish has you covered! Check out this tutorial to learn how to make gel candles from high density gel wax and gel dyes.
Have you made other DIY candles that you don’t see on this list? Tell us all about how you made them in the comments below!