Bring the smell of spring into your home with these lovely lavender candles – they are so easy to make and a great present. Get creative and experiment with other dried herbs such as rosemary and thyme.
What you’ll need:
- Barker’s Tomato Relish
- Two pillar candles 8cm height x 3.5 – 4cm diameter, (if you can’t find the right size, you can cut a larger candle down using a hot knife)
- Dried lavender
- Lavender essential oil
How to make a Lavender Candle:
First, remove the label off your jar and wash thoroughly. Place the pillar candle in the jar – this candle needs to be the same height as the jar but should have at least a one cm space between the candle and the jar. Gently cut off the stems of the lavender and place them in between the candle and the jar. The more the lavender presses up against the glass, the more you’ll be able to see it once you’ve poured the wax.
Take your second pillar candle, cut into small pieces, and remove the wick. Place in a steel bowl, and gently heat over a saucepan of water until melted. Safety first – never melt wax directly over a heat source, and never leave unattended!
Once the wax has melted, add 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and mix with a wooden skewer. Slowly pour the wax into the jar, over the lavender (use a tea towel, the bowl will be hot!). Keep going until the wax reaches the top of the candle. Be very careful with melted wax as it can cause serious burns, so always supervise children.
Leave to set for 2 – 3 hours, and you’re done! Decorate with some more dried lavender and twine. Enjoy the wonderful scent of lavender while enjoying romantic candlelight!
TIP: It’s best not to use fresh lavender, as over time it will go mouldy in the candle! You can dry fresh lavender quickly by placing it in the oven on low for 10 – 15 minutes.