If you like the look (and aroma) of dried lavender as much as we do, then you’ll love how easy it is to use the stems to make these pretty DIY lavender candles.
DIY Lavender Candles
Hi there, it’s Jane and Sonja from Sustain My Craft Habit where we share nature-inspired DIYs and craft ideas. One of our favorite craft supplies found in nature (aside from driftwood, rocks and pine cones) are flowers! Our mother, who we lovingly refer to as “mama dahlia” has the most beautiful flower gardens. As the flowers are in bloom, we enjoy taking cuttings of all the varieties and then drying them or placing them inside books to be pressed for later use.
These candles, as well as this DIY lavender sugar scrub, would make a really thoughtful gift idea for someone, either as a birthday, mother’s day, or a hostess gift.
Lavender is one of those floral varieties that inspire us to create the most. The scent of lavender evokes a sense of calm and relaxation. Some ways in which we’ve used our dried lavender for crafting are for making these homemade lavender sachets, lavender resin pendants and rustic driftwood and fragrant lavender wreath.
- Glass mason jar with wide mouth opening, smooth surface, 250ml (8oz)
- Dried Lavender
- Candle Wax – white soy wax or white paraffin wax, 1 cup
- Candlewick, medium size
- Double boiler, spoon
- Flower and Spice essential oil (optional) – or any essential oil you like
- Twine (optional)
Instructions for Making Lavender Candles:
Ensure your glass mason jar is clean and completely dry prior to using.
Using a double boiler, slowly melt the candle wax.
On your work surface, lay the mason jar on its side.
Place 4-5 stems of dried lavender inside the mason laying them against the side of the mason jar.
With a small spoon, pour a bit of melted wax over the dried lavender stems close to the bottom of the mason jar.
Working quickly (before the wax hardens), gently press the lavender inside of the jar with your finger avoiding the hot wax.
Continue all around the rest of the mason jar.
Once all the dried lavender is in place, stand the mason jar upright.
Determine the length of the wick needed by placing the clip end of the wick inside the mason jar all the way to the bottom. Wrap the long end of the wick around a skewer and rest the skewer across the top of the jar.
Next, lift the skewer with the wick out of the jar and dip the end of the candle wick into the melted wax. Then place it back inside the mason jar pushing the clip down to the bottom. Hold in place while the wax sets and the wick is secure. Rest the skewer over the mason jar rim as you move on to the next step.
Add 4 drops of flower and spice essential oil (or any essential oil you like) to the remaining melted wax and stir.
Slowly pour the wax into the prepared jar until you reach about 1/2″ from the top rim and then leave the wax to cool fully.
Once wax has set, cut the excess wick ¼” from the top of the candle.
Wrap some twine around the top of the jar if and tie in about 3 stems of dried lavender for decoration.
And there you have it, your pretty dried lavender candle is complete. Enjoy but always remember to never leave lit candles unattended.
What crafts have you made using dried lavender?
For more ideas using dried herbs and flowers, check out our post on How To Make Herbal Sachets. I love herbal sachets and place them all throughout the house including the bathroom, dresser drawers, and even in my car! For a fun craft, see this Sun Print Wall Art where you can easily use dried lavender to create beautiful framed pieces to hang on your wall. Lastly, collect floral blooms to make pretty Pressed Flower Resin Magnets for the fridge. Happy crafting!
- 1 glass mason jar 8oz size
- dried lavender several bundles
- 1 cup candle wax
- 1 candle wick medium
- 1 double boiler
- 1 skewer
- 4 drops flower and spice essential oil
- 10 inches twine
- Using a double boiler, slowly melt the candle wax.
- Place 4-5 stems of dried lavender inside the mason laying them against the side of the mason jar.
- Pour some melted wax over the dried lavender stems.
- Allow the wax to dry completely before repeat on the remaining sides of the mason jar.
- Once all the dried lavender is in place, stand the mason jar upright.
- Apply some melted wax to the bottom of the mason jar and place the candle wick inside.
- Wrap the long end of the wick around a skewer and rest the skewer across the top of the jar.
- Add 4 drops of flower and spice essential oil to the melted wax and stir.
- Slowly pour the remaining wax into the prepared jar.
- Once wax has set, cut the excess wick ¼” to ½” from the top of the candle.
- Wrap twine around jar for decoration.