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 almost the same as in making container candles.

    Materials Needed

    • 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
    • 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 must 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 or 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. For three candles, you might need about 24 ounces of wax—in three layers—it means 8 ounces of wax in each layer.

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

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  • 04 of 07

    Plan out the Layers—Warm the Jars

    Warm the Jars
    David Fisher

    For these candles, make 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 degrees Fahrenheit, 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 and 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 degrees Fahrenheit and add the fragrance and color. For the middle layer, you can use four drops of blue liquid candle dye. Let the wax cool to 10 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than you poured the first layer. (eg. If you poured at 130 degrees Fahrenheit, your second pour will be at 140 degrees Fahrenheit.)

    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 degrees Fahrenheit, adding the fragrance and color and pouring the layer at 10 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than you poured the previous layer.

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  • 07 of 07

    Cool, Trim, and Enjoy

    Finished Candle
    David Fisher

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