Do you remember when we made Citronella Candles in our slow cooker for thoughtful hostess gifts for the cookout season? I am so excited to show you, yet again, how to make candles in your slow cooker and this time we are making easy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles for the holidays. I love what a workhorse my Kenmore Slow Cooker is in my kitchen and this is a perfect beginner level craft that yields impressive results for the holiday season.
8 Pint-Sized Mason Jars
5 Pounds Candle Wax Flakes (I purchased them in bulk)
8 6” Natural Candle Wicks
2 Jars of Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil (found at my local craft store in the candle-making supplies)
8 Bamboo Skewers (or you can use pencils!)
1 Kenmore Slow Cooker
Food Scale or Postal Scale
Decorative Accents to finish your candles
1. Measure and weigh out 7 ounces of soy wax flakes for each mason jar in a glass measuring cup (be sure to tare your scale). It should fill jar to the top, and we will be adding more flakes after the first round melts down and creates more space inside the jar. Repeat the measuring with all of the other candles you plan to prepare.
2. Add an inch or two of water to your slow cooker to create a water bath for your candles. Nestle the mason jars inside the slow cooker, place a lid on top, and turn it on HIGH for two hours. As the wax melts down, feel free to add more wax in the jars to the desired height. These will melt down to about half the size of your jar, so approximately 7 more ounces of soy flakes can be added to get a full candle like my pictures.
3. Once the two hours has passed, open the lid and add 10-20 drops of Pumpkin Spice fragrance to each candle (approximately 1 ml of oil). Using a bamboo skewer, stir each candle after adding the oil. Turn your slow cooker off, then add your candle wick in the center of each candle. Take a bamboo skewer or pencil and wrap the top of the wick to the middle of it and allow it to help stand the candle up in the center. Leave the candles in the slow cooker until the wax begins to harden. Remove them and then dry well with a dish towel. Allow the candles to fully harden on your countertop.
4. The next day, trim your wicks and attach a little jute twine and thank you note for your favorite hostess.
The best part about making these is how incredible your house is going to smell all day long as these cook and then cool. My kids thought I had baked pies all day when they got home from school. What sad trickery I played on them with a slow cooker full of candles for our friends (#worstmomever).
We are so thankful for you, dear reader, and hope this craft inspires you to give a treat to those you share your table with this year!