Hey there Zesters! Its Jessica here with a fun little project to make use of all those empty mason jars I am sure you have lying around your house. I stumbled upon this project on Beth’s blog, BethCakes, and I knew I HAD to make this. I am obsessed with scented candles – they are constantly burning in my room whether it be the smell of pumpkin spice or a tropical coconut, I love them. I am also an avid baker, so I have jars upon jars of sprinkles in my cabinets, so this was a great project to put some extra jars and sprinkles to good use while making an item I love!
What You Need:
- 2 pint-sized (16oz) mason jars
- Pre-waxed wicks (I got a pack of 6, with the attachment already on the ends)
- Hot glue gun
- Pencils to hold the wicks in place
- 2-3 tbsp water
- 1-2 tbsp corn syrup
- A small paintbrush or cloth
- 1/2 cup of sprinkles
- 1 lb wax
- Cupcake Scented Oil (this is your best bet to get that funfetti scent! I couldn’t find it at my local Michaels, so I used Vanilla instead. Still super yummy!)
- Measuring cup with spout
I started by gluing my wicks to the bottom of the jars and then taping the tops to a pencil placed ontop of the jar to keep it upright and central for when I pour the wax in.
While that is drying, mix your corn syrup and water and use the paint brush to cover the inside of the jar with the mixture. Make sure every surface is covered, otherwise the sprinkles won’t stick!
Time to turn up the heat!
Melt your wax and add a few drops of the scented oil. Just keep an eye on the wax and stir it regularly.
Once the wax has completely melted, you can attempt to pour it straight from the pot to the jar, but I poured it into a measuring cup with a spout to make it less messy. This probably is supposed to work well, but I am a bit of a klutz and still made a mess. Oops!
Now you are supposed to have enough melted wax to fill both jars, but unfortunately I only got enough to fill one and about 1/4 of the other jar. No matter – one delicious candle is better than none!
**Big tip!** I should know this rule being a baker, but ALWAYS read the instructions all the way before starting. I poured the wax in the jar and just stood there waiting for it to harden. NOPE. Put that sucker in the freezer immediately and leave in there for a couple of hours so the wax instantly solidifies and doesn’t melt your sprinkles…which is what happened to me.
Either way, I still got a beautiful fun candle that made the house smell like I was baking. The candle also had a bit of a gradient effect with the sprinkles thanks to me not reading all the way through.
Try this out with different scents and different sprinkles!
Photo Credit to: Anya McInroy