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DIY a kitsch gift for your family and friends using jewels and smellies!
I bought a Jewel Candle as a gift for someone and loved the idea so much I wanted to try it out for size. You can give these as gifts for birthdays, christmas, valentines and even as a baby shower announcement. Use whatever colours you like, whatever scents and give a gift that releases more than just good smells!

Posted by Kay Bay from London, United Kingdom • Published See Kay Bay's 23 projects »
  • How to make a candle. Jewel Candle - Step 1
    Step 1

    Collect your supplies; you can use brand new wax or bash up a few old candles. But make sure you buy the correct scent and dye for whatever kind of wax you use.

  • How to make a candle. Jewel Candle - Step 2
    Step 2

    Smash up your old candles and take out the wicks. The smaller the pieces the easier to melt.

  • How to make a candle. Jewel Candle - Step 3
    Step 3

    Put the broken candle (or new wax) in to a saucepan on medium heat. You don't want the wax burning so be careful.

    Whilst the wax is slowly melting together, take some bluetack and mould it around your candle wick then stick it to the bottom of your glass jar.

  • How to make a candle. Jewel Candle - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once your wax is melted, pour in to your jar a third of the way full and leave to dry. This candle layer stops your jewel parcel from being visible at the bottom of the jar.

    You can stick it in the fridge to make it dry faster, and take your pan off the heat. (the wax in the pan won't cool as fast, making it perfect temperature for when we next need it). And whilst you're free pick your jewelery and wrap it carefully in a build up of cling film layers and tin foil layers.

    If you've got little sealable bags your gems will be even better protected!

  • How to make a candle. Jewel Candle - Step 5
    Step 5

    Once your bottom layer of wax is set, put your jewel parcel in to your candle around the centre then carefulling pour your wax on top and around it until the jar is two thirds full.

    Your wick might start melting and bending so this is where your peg will come in useful to keep the wick centralised and straight.

  • How to make a candle. Jewel Candle - Step 6
    Step 6

    Once that layer of wax is dry, make sure the remaining wax in the pan isn't too hot as this will make the wax in the jar melt and the jewel parcel will rise to the top.

    Pour wax carefully in to the candle jar the rest of the way up and leave to set.

  • How to make a candle. Jewel Candle - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now you've got your very own jewel candle, scented, coloured and pretty just like you wanted.

    If you're really wild you can try layering different wax colours. And if you think the way the wax has set inside the candle is unattractive then you can put a sticker or a label around the glass jar to cover it. Maybe even personalise the label a little.

    Now all you've got to do is let it burn baby, burn, until your jewels are released. When you can see the jewel parcel, cautiously use tweezers to pluck it out of the wax and dump it on to a piece of scrap paper until it cools down a little. Then when you're ready unwrap your bundle and oooh sparkly!!!

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