DIY Soybean Candles for the Holidays

Candles are a classic Christmas gift. This year, try elevating your gift-giving with DIY soybean candles. The benefits of soybean candles are something of a gift themselves too. Soy candles last longer, carry scent stronger and burn cleaner with less soot. Even better, they’re easy to make at home! 

What You’ll Need: 

  • Glass jar
  • Soy wax flakes
  • Essential oils
  • Candle wicks
  • Wooden skewer
  • Double-sided tape


How to Make Soybean Candles: 

  1. Measure a piece of wick that’s 4 inches taller than your glass jar. Tie a knot on one end of the wick. Place a piece of double-sided tape at the bottom of the glass jar and then stick the knot to the tape. Use the wooden skewer to push the knot firmly onto the tape. 
  2. Melt the soy wax in a saucepan on medium heat or melt the wax in a microwave-safe container in 1-minute intervals in the microwave. Stir occasionally until smooth and completely melted. 
  3. Take the wax off the heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Once the wax has cooled, mix in your preferred essential oil and stir. Add 4 drops per cup of melted wax. 
  4. Pour the wax into your glass container, leaving an inch of room at the top. 
  5. Wrap the wick around a wooden skewer and rest the skewer horizontally across the glass jar to keep the wick centered while the wax dries.
  6. Once the wax has cooled completely, trim the wick so only an inch remains at the top. 

Yes, it’s really that easy! You can get creative by personalizing the glass jars with fun labels, ribbons, and other decorations to make this gift perfect for your loved ones. Not only that, this gift is guaranteed to have so much more love and thought put into it than any candle you can buy from the store. Happy candle making! 

For more holiday inspiration, check out our blog on Five Ideas for Festive Holiday Fun in South Dakota.