Old preserving jars have so much potential, so don’t throw them away once you’ve finished the last morsel of jam. Here’s how to turn yours into a gorgeous lavender candle…
You will need:
- Three jars of various sizes – jam jars or mason jars will do
- Microwavable measuring jug
- Glue dot
- Large pre-waxed candle wicks
- Soya wax flakes, around 500g
- Dried lavender on the stalk
- Lavender fragrance oil, optional
Wash your jars thoroughly, then fill each one with water to the point where you want your wax to sit. Pour the water into the measuring jug and then make a note of the level. Let your jug and jars dry completely. Use a glue dot to stick your wick into the centre of each jar.
Place some soy wax flakes into a measuring jug and melt in a microwave. Add flakes until you have reached the same volume as the water level noted in the previous step. Remove the flowers from most of the stalks, reserving a few for later, and then add a handful per candle to the wax along with a generous dash of fragrance oil, if using. Stir as it cools until the wax thickens enough that the dried flowers are suspended in the liquid. Pour wax into the jar around the wick.
Allow the candle to set then decorate with twine and a few sprigs of lavender.