How To Make A Pumpkin Pie Candle In A Jar

What's better than making cute jar candles? Making cute jar candles that smell like pumpkin pie! We think fall and candles are the perfect pair. And we do so much visiting over the holidays, we decided to make these jar candles to give as hostess gifts.
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We've made so many container candles, we have lots of tips and tricks to share. Here's how to make this darling Pumpkin Pie Candle In A Jar.
The first step is to pick out a container. You can go to the craft store and buy a fancy one, but look how cute ours turned out. And it is recycled! We save lots of jars, so our first step was to raid our jar stash. We picked out one that is shaped like a pumpkin!
You'll need to wick your container. The most important thing is to center the wick. That way the candle will burn straight down the center. (We have a video on our blog showing how to do this!
Then you melt the wax on the stove. We always use a candle thermometer so we don't get the wax too hot. (It's flammable!)
To scent the wax, we use candle scent or fragrance oil. And the color comes from candle dye blocks. They are waxy and melt right into the wax. (You can't use food coloring because it is water based.)
Then you pour the melted wax into your jar. Let it cool. Then remove the pencil and trim the wick. If you want to label your jar, we have a printable label on the blog at We think it makes such a nice handmade gift!
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Jennifer & Kitty, The O'Neil Sisters

Jennifer & Kitty O'Neil
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  • Vicky Vicky on Nov 06, 2015
    Do you need to be careful what type of jar to use? With the heat of the candle could some be dangerous?


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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Oct 25, 2017
    I love what you did and pumpkin spice is my favorite scent! I rarely buy anything in tins or glass because I usually can my own in the summer. :( I need to buy things like olives or some other condiment type thing that would be an extra in our salads so that I can get some glass jars! I have the same problem with crafts using soda bottles. We stopped drinking it so I never have those either. :(
  • Joanie Joanie on Sep 15, 2020

    I could do this! Thanks for sharin'......