Make Layered Container Candles

  • 01 of 07

    A Variation on the Basic Container Candle

    Layerd Containers Setup
    David Fisher

    Like votives or pillar candles, container candles can be poured in layers too. The layers can have different colors, or, as is popular these days, different colors and scents. There are a couple of extra steps involved, but the procedure is basically the same as in Basic Container Candles.

    For this project, you'll need:

    • Clear glass containers of some sort
    • A container blend wax
    • An appropriate wick for your jar and wax
    • Color and fragrance as desired
    • Wick bars or a plastic straw to keep the wick centered
    • Basic candle making equipment
    • A basic understanding of candle making safety.
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  • 02 of 07

    Prepare the Candle Containers

    Center the Wick
    David Fisher

    Using a straw to hold the wick, dab a bit of hot glue onto the bottom of the wick tab and press it firmly into the center of your container.

    It's important that it be centered well or the candle will not burn well.

    You can also use the double-sided "glue dots" or "wick- stickums" - they work the same as the hot glue but are easier.

    Attach your wick bars or plastic straws to keep the wicks centered.​

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  • 03 of 07

    Weigh/Melt the Wax

    Weigh the Wax
    David Fisher

    Figure out how much total wax you're going to need for all of the candles, and divide it by the number of layers you're making. I needed about 24 oz. of wax to make three jar candles - in three layers - made for 8 oz. of wax in each layer.

    If you need to figure out just how much wax you'll need for your particular container, use this Handy Container Calculator.

    Put the first 1/3 of the wax into your melt pot and heat it to about 180 F.

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  • 04 of 07

    Plan out the Layers - Warm the Jars

    Warm the Jars
    David Fisher

    For these candles, we're making three layers of varying shades of blue - dark on the bottom, medium in the middle, and light on top. When the first 1/3 of the wax is melted, add fragrance oil and color and stir well. When the color and fragrance are well mixed with the wax, set it aside to cool.

    While the wax is cooling, get your jars warm; use a heat gun.

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  • 05 of 07

    Pour the First Candle Layer

    Pouring the First Layer
    David Fisher

    When the wax has cooled to about 130 F, gently pour the first layer. Be careful not to spill any wax down the inside of the jar.

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  • 06 of 07

    Cool - and Pour the Second/Third Layer

    Second Layer
    David Fisher

    Let the candles cool about 45 to 60 minutes. You want a solid top of the first layer, but still a bit warm.

    Heat the second 1/3 of the wax to 180 F and add the fragrance and color. For the middle layer, I used 4 drops of blue liquid candle dye. Let the wax cool to 10 F hotter than you poured the first layer. (eg. If you poured at 130 F, your second pour will be at 140 F.)

    Give the jars a quick zap with the heat gun - concentrating more on the outside of the jar than the inside. You want to warm them back up a bit, but you don't want to melt the top of the first layer.

    Slowly pour the second layer onto the first, again, being careful not to spill wax down the inside of the jar.

    Again, let them cool for 45 to 60 minutes. Repeat the step, again heating your wax to 180 F, adding the fragrance and color and pouring the layer at 10 F hotter than you poured the previous layer.

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  • 07 of 07

    Finished Candle - Cool - Trim and Enjoy

    Finished Candle
    David Fisher

    Let the candles cool overnight. Trim the wicks to about 1/4" and enjoy! For best results, let them cure a few days before burning them.