DIY Copper Candle

DIY Copper Candle @themerrythoughtSometimes you just need a few more copper accents to scatter around your house, right? These super simple copper votive candles are the perfect thing to add to your space! Plus, they’re easy to make in big batches and give out as gifts! 😉
DIY Copper Candle @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Wax (I just used a large unscented candle.)
-Wide mouth jar or can (I used a wide mouth Mason jar.)
-Copper Caps
-Hot glue

How to make it:
-Cut your wax into small chunks and place in jar or can.
-Place the jar in a saucepan 1/2 full of water – make sure water level is below the mouth of the jar.
-Heat over low-medium heat, continuously stirring the wax.
-Add fragrance once wax is completely melted. (1 oz of fragrance to 1 lb of wax.) Stir to combine.
-Hot glue the wick to the center of the copper cap. To keep the wick in place, use a clothes pin across the top of the cap that holds the wick in the center.
-Remove the jar from the hot water. Use pot holders!
-Slowly and carefully pour melted wax into the copper caps.
-Allow wax to cool completely and trim wick to about 1/2″.
DIY Copper Candle @themerrythoughtDIY Copper Candle @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

  • PeggyTuesday, November 4, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Where did you get your copper caps? A hardware store such as Lowe’s or even a local hardware store? Thanks! My candle loving 15 year old son will love this! Now I just have to make sure he doesn’t abscond with all of them.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, November 4, 2014 - 9:38 pm

      You can find them at Lowe’s and Home Depot depending on the size you want. I bought mine at a local plumbing store.ReplyCancel

      • PeggyWednesday, November 5, 2014 - 11:51 am

        What size did you use? Our Lowes only carries 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch sizes. I was shocked when I called our local plumbing supply $8.23 for a single 2 inch cap!!ReplyCancel

        • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:38 pm

          Woah! I used 1.5″ which were actually a little over 1.75″ across. I bought 2 caps for $4.13 at our local plumbing supply store. Copper can definitely get pretty expensive though. You could always buy pvc pipe caps instead and use copper spray paint if you wanted a more affordable option.ReplyCancel

          • Amy BWednesday, November 26, 2014 - 2:18 pm

            A PVC pipe would melt, start a fire and let off nasty fumes.

          • Caitlin McGrathSunday, November 30, 2014 - 2:45 pm

            The heat of the melted wax is not hot enough to melt the PVC according to everything I had looked up before suggesting it. And if the wick is centered in the cap, it should be far enough away from the edge that that shouldn’t melt the PVC either. I haven’t tried it though, so it is possible! Thanks for the heads up!

  • truebluemeandyouTuesday, November 4, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Hi, love the look of these candles in copper and agree they would make really great gifts. Are these copper caps found at the hardware store?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, November 4, 2014 - 9:47 pm

      Thanks! Yes, you should be able to find them at a hardware store. You may have to go to a store that specifically carries plumbing supplies if you want a larger size. They get pretty expensive once you get up to 3″.ReplyCancel

  • KateFriday, November 7, 2014 - 6:03 am

    Such a great look – I love these and I’m surprised to find how simple they are to make too! Great idea xReplyCancel

  • heidiMonday, November 10, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    These are lovely. Copper is my go-to decor color this year. I’d like to use the larger copper caps and mix and match different sizes.ReplyCancel

  • rachelMonday, November 10, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    these are beautiful! i’ve been looking for a way to make candles extra special for holiday gifts and this will be perfect. what amounts of wax & fragrance did you use for these two?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, November 11, 2014 - 9:14 am

      Thanks! I actually did the full 1 lb of wax and 1 ounce of fragrance because I was making one large candle too. 1 lb of wax should make 8-12 of these.ReplyCancel

  • KimberlyTuesday, November 18, 2014 - 1:47 am

    I LOVE copper. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it!!ReplyCancel

  • SarahSaturday, November 22, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Is the fragrance just essential oil?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathSaturday, November 22, 2014 - 11:41 pm

      No, it’s fragrance oil. You can usually find it in any store that sells candle making supplies.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca EdnieSunday, November 23, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    Be careful when burning these. I put a candle in a vintage metal baby cup and it got so hot it melted through our TV. Yes, I should have been watching it but accidents do happen. After that, it put it on a cork coaster.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, November 25, 2014 - 1:25 pm

      Yikes! I haven’t had any problems with mine so far and they don’t seem like these would burn hot enough to cause such damage but thanks for the heads up!!ReplyCancel

  • michelleboireWednesday, December 10, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    I love your blog! Any chance you will be adding a way to “pin” the entries onto Pinterest?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, December 15, 2014 - 12:18 am

      Thank you! It’s definitely possible, we’ve been busy working on a lot of site updates lately!ReplyCancel

  • CindySaturday, December 13, 2014 - 6:53 am

    Hmmm…. This got me thinking.
    I wonder how this idea would work if you substituted the purchased caps with empty (and washed, of course!) Small cat or dog food cans to hold the melted wax? You know, the ones that you open with the pull-tab top?

    Only, for safety (& sanity!!) purposes, I use a smooth-edged can opener to open the (i.e., Fancy Feast or Sheba) cans and use the tops to store the remaining food in the fridge for another meal or two for my furry friends!

    Those cans are usually made of aluminum, are finished outside with a soft gold color while the inside is white. Purina’s Beyond the Basics? has a silver exterior can and there’s a Fancy Feast product line that has an aqua finished color can! (I save those for my mom)

    One still could use spray paint for the desired exterior color of their choice, metallics included. I’m sure recycling plants/landfills would appreciate the break, too.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, December 15, 2014 - 12:19 am

      I haven’t looked into melting points/hazards with those materials but it’s always worth looking into and then giving it a try! Let us know how it works out!ReplyCancel

  • EmSaturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:03 pm

    For a nontoxic version, you could substitute beeswax for paraffin and a few drops of essential oils for the fragrance oil.ReplyCancel

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