How to Make Baby Shower Candles

by Brandy Burgess

Baby shower candles are inexpensive to make and can be given to guests as favors or can be used in decorating. Baby shower hosts can use creativity to design a wide range of candles in various scents, colors and styles. Each candle is individually wrapped so that each guest can easily take home a gift. Start by visiting your local dollar stores or discount stores to pick up cheap containers and craft supplies for decorating your baby shower candles.

Items you will need

  • Cotton string
  • Scissors
  • Baby food jars and lids
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • Cooking pot
  • Tin coffee container
  • Essential oils
  • Computer
  • Computer printer
  • Printer paper
  • Adhesive tape
  • Glue stick
  • Small bowl
  • Loose glitter
  • Sheer organza bags
  • Ribbon
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Candle Making

Step 1

Cut a piece of cotton string to 3 inches in length. This will become the wick for your candle. The wick can be cut to size on the final product if left too long.

Step 2

Clean out a baby food jar to use as the container for your candle. Thoroughly dry the container. Wipe the inside of the baby food jar with olive or vegetable oil. This will allow the candle to be removed from the jar, if desired.

Step 3

Place a cooking pot on the stove top. Fill the pot with 5 cups of water. Turn the stove onto low heat.

Step 4

Clean out an old tin coffee container. The best size coffee can for this project is between 10 and 16 oz. as these easily fit into a cooking pot.

Step 5

Fill the coffee container 1/3 of the way with old scraps of wax. Old wax can be taken from old candles or from cut-up crayons. Put the open coffee container into the pot of water.

Step 6

Stir the wax continuously as it begins to melt. Add more crayons of the desired color to make the candle color darker, if desired. Different-colored crayons can be added to create swirls of color throughout the candle.

Step 7

Add 10 drops of essential oils to create a fragrance. For a stronger candle fragrance, add an additional five drops. Stir the essential oils throughout the wax to distribute the fragrance evenly.

Step 8

Pour the melted wax into the baby food jar. It should take approximately 10 minutes to fully melt the wax on low heat.

Step 9

Insert the cotton string wick into the center of the melted wax immediately. The bottom end of the wick should almost hit the bottom of the baby food jar. Hold the wick for several minutes while the wax begins to harden.

Step 10

Wait for the wax to completely cool and harden. This will take approximately 15 minutes. Cut the wick down to the desired size. There should only be 1/2 inch of wick visible on the top of the candle.

Candle Decorating

Step 1

Open a text editor program on your computer. Choose a decorative font of your choice and select size 16 font. Write the name of the unborn child or an inspiring quote of your choice.

Step 2

Center the text in the middle, top of the text editor program. Highlight all the text, right-click and select "Copy." Click any white area of the page to un-highlight the text. Press the "Enter" key twice to skip down several lines. Right-click once again and press "Paste." Repeat until the page is full.

Step 3

Print the page of labels you have just created. Cut horizontally beneath each set of text. This should make several identical personalized labels with the text that you wrote. Each label will be used on a separate candle jar.

Step 4

Wrap the printed label around the baby food jar. Cut off the excess paper so that the label ends meet on the back of the jar. Secure the two ends of the label together with a clear piece of adhesive tape.

Step 5

Apply a layer of glue from the glue stick on the entire surface of the baby food jar lid. Dip the sticky side of the lid into a bowl of loose glitter. Shake the lid to remove any excess glitter. Put the baby food jar lid onto the candle jar container.

Step 6

Place the candle jar into a sheer organza bag. There are available in many colors, such as white, pink, blue, yellow and lavender.

Step 7

Cut a piece of ribbon to 8 inches in length. Tie the ribbon around the top of the sheer organza bag to close off the bag. Create a bow with the ribbon and allow the end pieces to loosely hang down the bag.

About the Author

Based in northern New York, Brandy Burgess has been writing on pets, technical documentation and health resources since 2007. She also writes on personal development for YourFreelanceWritingCareer.com. Burgess' work also has appeared on various online publications, including eHow.com. Burgess holds a Bachelor of Arts in computer information systems from DeVry University and her certified nurses aid certification.

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