Gingerbread Man Candles

13 Materials
2 Hours

I have been ruminating on this craft for several months, ever since I made the little DIY glass milk bottles, so I was excited to put my idea in motion. And what great little gifts they make...I've already sent one of my DIY Gingerbread Man Candles home with a friend!

What I used to make these DIY Gingerbread Man Candles:

  • As many empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottles as candles you want to make
  • Goo Gone (or something similar) and rubbing alcohol
  • Candle Wax. (I used ArtMinds Soy Flakes that I purchased at my local  Michael’s, but I don’t see that they sell it online.) The 4 lb bag I used made 8 candles.
  • Brown Candle Dye
  • Possibly some  yellow  or  red candle dye if your brown is either too pink or too yellow
  • Gingerbread Fragrance
  • Wicks with Tabs
  • Candle Adhesive
  • Pot for melting wax, I found an old pot for $2 at my local thrift store
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Thermometer. I used my kitchen thermometer, but there are  candle thermometers.
  • Cooling Rack
  • I used my  Cricut Explore Air 2  to cut the Gingerbread Man stencil.
  • And  Outdoor White Viny l for the stencil
  • I used the so charming Gingerbread Man image from the Christmas Design Elements bundle that I purchased a year ago from The HungryJPEG. This bundle sadly is no longer available, but you can find a Gingerbread Man that you like by doing a simple Google Images search.

How I Made my DIY Gingerbread Man Candles:

Huge Disclaimer here…These were the firsts candles I ever made…I’m pretty sure I probably broke several candle making rules in the process, but it worked for me. For what it’s worth, I did read about the process and watched some videos, so I didn’t just jump in blind…like I have been known to do from time to time.

  • Clean your bottles of their labels and then run them through the dishwasher. The rubbing alcohol will get the little expiration date stamp off as well. Make sure they are completely dry on the inside. I actually put mine upside down in a colander over my air register to blow some air in them to make sure they were dry.
  • Measure out your wax and place it in your pot. For the soy flakes I used, it took 2 heaping cups of flakes for each 10-ounce candle…filled almost to the top of the bottle.
  • Place a colander big enough for your wax pot in another pot of simmering water. Place your wax pot into the colander.

  • While your wax is melting, place your bottle in a warm oven 175-180°.
  • I know with the fragrance I used, it needed to be added to the wax when the wax reached a temperature of 185°. Check with your scent manufacturer to find the flash point of your fragrance and that’s the temp that your wax should be. The dye should also be added when your wax temperature is 185°.
  • I added 2 teaspoons of fragrance for each candle.
  • I added 3 drops of brown and 1/3 of an inch of the yellow dye rectangle for each candle.
  • Stir for a full 2 minutes to fully incorporate the fragrance and the dye. I used bamboo skewers to stir.
  • Drop a little bit of the colored wax onto a sheet of white paper to get a good idea of the color your dried wax will be and adjust accordingly. I found that the brown right out of the bottle was too pink for what I wanted, so I added a little bit of the yellow dye to balance that.
  • Once your colors and fragrances are fully incorporated, turn the heat off and wait until your wax drops to the pour temperature. Once again, different waxes have different pour temperatures, mine was 150°
  • When your wax is close to 150°, remove your bottles from the oven and adhere the wicks to the bottom of the bottles with wax adhesive. I found a shishkabob skewer helpful to push the tab firmly to the bottom of the bottle.
  • Pour the wax into your bottles, reserving a small amount (like 1-2 tablespoons per candle) for what is called a ‘second pour’. The second pour is needed as a small divot will most likely form right around your wick. The thin second pour will fill that divot and level off your candle.
  • Set the pot with your reserved wax aside…you’ll heat it up again several hours later.
  • Using bamboo skewers, pencils, or something similar, align your wick so that it in the center of your bottle. Prop it with the skewers and set it aside where it won’t be disturbed for several hours. If you fiddle with the wick once it starts drying, you will make a mess…ask me how I know.
  • Once your candles are cooled, heat up that small amount of reserved wax and pour it over your candles to level them off.
  • Once the candles were cooled, I uploaded the Gingerbread Man image from my font bundle. If you have never uploaded an image to Cricut, see the vidoe I did earlier this year showing how easy it is. For this Gingerbread Man, I used the Complex Image setting in the edit menu. I resized my Gingerbread Man such that he was 2″ tall and 1.5″ wide.
  • Then it was just a matter of weeding the image and applying it to the candle bottle. I did clean the bottle with rubbing alcohol before I applied the image…you will find that the soy flakes are a little greasy. I marked up one inch from the bottom of my bottles so that my men were all in the same place on the bottle.
  • I tied a little ribbon around the top and (dusting off her hands) “Done and Done”

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Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Thinking in Ohio
    Thinking in Ohio
    on Dec 8, 2020

    How do you know if the bottle will “tolerate” the heat of burning the candle? The bottle may not be tempered.

  • Debbie
    on Dec 30, 2020

    Could you mod podge a design on the bottle instead of a stencil?

  • Mary McDonald
    Mary McDonald
    on Jan 18, 2021

    How many times would you actually be able to burn these? With each subsequent trimming of burned wicks, the long lighters necessary and oxygen needed to keep it lit, i would see it as quite a challenge.

    Barring that, I love it, it’s soo cute, probably smells great and would probably mostly use it for decor and one long burn for an evening with guests.

    Okay, I just answered my own question, I think, lol!

    • Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
      Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
      on Jan 20, 2021

      Hi Mary,

      Honestly, I don't remember that being a problem. It's been a few years since I made these. I can totally see what you are saying, but can't answer definitively.

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  • Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
    Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
    on Dec 6, 2020

    Aw, Lynne. Thanks so much!

  • Mary Strange
    Mary Strange
    on Jan 2, 2021

    I think I will try this, my granddaughter is into candle making! Cute idea and I love the Frappuccino drinks. I’m always wondering what to do with the cute bottles!

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