Vintage Oil Can Candles

30 Minutes
Thought it would be a cool idea to "UP-cycle" some chick pea cans into candles, but the added vintage oil can labels are the finishing touch. Never made a candle before? Follow me.
Vintage inspired labels charm cream wax candles made in upcycled veggie cans
Chop cream wax into fine shavings like grated coconut, the finer it is the faster it will melt
Fill a coffee can with the cream wax shavings, and place in a stock pot with about 3 inches of water.
Turn to high heat and stir the wax shavings with a chop stick to melt completely
After the wax has completely melted, remove from heat and add a few drops of scented oil for candles. I used Leather and Cedar.
Pour the melted wax carefully into the washed/cleaned veggie can holding the wick in place
I use a chopstick and clothes pin to hold the wick in place while the wax cools and hardens
Be sure to snip the wick to about 1/4 inch before lighting
I downloaded these graphics form a model building site, and simply cut them out, and glued them on the cans.
It's that simple, good thing they smell like Leather and Cedar....and not Motor oil.

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  • Lisa Sinclair Lisa Sinclair on Nov 14, 2017
    First of all let me say I love this idea! most candles are too girlie for my Guy family embers but this sounds perfect! I've made candles in the past, and I ALWAYS end up with a deep dimple in the top of the candle. Do you know why this happens and how I an avoid it? Thank you!

  • Imagene Freeman Imagene Freeman on Aug 31, 2019

    is there a link to the labels??


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