DIY: Pressed Herb Candles

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade

This summer I’ve fallen in love with growing fresh herbs in my garden and finding creative ways to harvest and use them. My favorite herb by far has been lavender. I’ve made my own eye pillows and sachets, and even lavender lemonade and cookies. Now that it’s officially fall, I’m still finding ways to keep my lavender-love going. Inspired by this post from the Free People Blog, I decided to make my own Pressed Herb Candles using lavender and chocolate mint from my garden.

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade

Since the pressed herbs are more for decoration rather than scent, I added in my favorite essential oil, Lavandin (a cross between true lavender and spike lavender). I can’t get over how beautiful these candles turned out and I love filling my home with the sweet scent of lavender even after summer has ended.

Supplies Needed:

• Glass jars
• 1 block of beeswax (I used 1 1/2 blocks to make two candles)
• Wick
• Pressed flowers or herbs (100% dry)
• Clean empty tin can and a saucepan
• 1 old paintbrush (you can throw away afterwards)
• An old knife
• Cutting board

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade

TIP: Make sure you use the correct size wick for your jar! If you don’t your candle won’t burn properly (I learned this the hard way). Be sure to ask someone when you are buying the wick to advise you on the correct size.

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade

For full instructions, visit the Free People Blog.

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade
DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade
DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade

Comments

  1. LilyLaval says

    I love these- think they would make great Christmas presents.
    One query- how do you get the lavender to stay on the side of the jar? I clicked on the link to the tutorial but it didn’t work.

    • says

      Yes, that is the tricky part. I dipped an old paintbrush into the melted wax and applied it to the herbs on the inside of the jar. You want to ‘paint’ on just enough wax to hold the herbs in place before you pour the wax into your jar. Hope that helps!

  2. Tina Archambault says

    Really pretty! Where did you buy the beautiful white beeswax blocks? I can only find them in pellet form.

  3. Pavla says

    These are nice but my experience is that all the flowers turn grey brownish after couple of hours after finishing a candle.

    • says

      Hi Lisa,

      Yes, the herbs do eventually turn brown, but they do retain their color for a while… You just gotta burn them and enjoy soon after making!

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