Looking for a cute favor idea for your child’s first birthday? Make these super simple DIY soy candles scented with delicious smelling fragrance oils. You can find a huge selection of fragrance oils easily online, but we thought it would be fun to make candles that smell like cupcakes for a first birthday party, since most birthday parties celebrate with cake! Plus, it’s a favor that parents can enjoy just as much as the kids in attendance. With adult supervision, of course.
To make these cupcake candles, you’ll need:
1-pound soy wax flakes
1-ounce fragrance oil (we used cupcake-scented fragrance oil)
Fragrance wax cubes for added color and scent
Wax-coated cotton wicks
6 4-ounce mason jars
Personalized birthday favor tags and labels from our shop
In a double-broiler or a candle pitcher, melt the soy wax flakes over medium heat, stirring occasionally to help the wax melt faster. Make sure whatever tools you use to melt the wax will be used for candle making-only from now on.
While the wax is melting, set up your jars and wicks. Place one wick in each jar, and hold in place using a clothespin. You can help the wick stay in place by added a drop of glue to the bottom of the wick tab and adhering it to the bottom of the jar.
Once the wax has fully melted, reduce heat to low and add 4 fragrance wax cubes. The wax will take on whatever color your wax cubes are, so make sure it’s a color you like. Continue to stir until cubes are fully melted, and remove from heat. Add ½ ounce of the cupcake fragrance oil and stir to combine.
Immediately pour the wax into the jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Adjust the wicks as necessary while the wax is still liquid, and don’t touch until wax has set. Allow to harden completely, 4-5 hours, and then cut the wicks to 1 inch length above the level of the wax.
Package each candle with your personalized birthday favor tags and labels. We chose the Whimsical Floral design for these candles, but you can shop our entire selection of birthday items here. Keep scrolling for the list of products we used for this project.
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