Pressed Flower Mason Jar Candles

This is the year of the cicadas where I live, and I don’t know if it’s just me, but it sure seems a little extra buggy outside. I decided to make some pressed flower mason jar candles to deter these pesky insects. Especially after reading an article from the CDC ranking lemon eucalyptus essential oil right up there with DEET, as an effective repellent.

Update: After further reading it turns out that the CDC is discussing the benefits of a the synthesized plant oil derived from lemon eucalyptus, and not the pure essential oil when comparing it with DEET for effective use in repelling insects. Natural oils such as essential oils are exempt from registration from the EPA and although are considered safe their effectiveness is not known.

Pressed Flower Mason Jar Candles

trio of scented herbal candles ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

I noticed that some of my lavender already bloomed, so I needed to get out and harvest what was still in bud, to dry for projects.

Now I can use last season’s lavender for the candles.

Materials ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

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Materials

Pint sized mason jars
Soy wax (approx. 5 pounds for 12 jars)
Wooden Wicks  or Cotton Wicks
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Pressed flowers
Dried Lavender Flowers

Melt the wax in a clean empty tin can or candle pitcher in a pot of water on the stove.

Paint wax on flowers ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

Using a old paintbrush  coat one side of the flowers with wax.

Set flower on inside of jar ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

Set the mason jar on its side and slide the flowers into place.

Wooden skewer ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

You can use a wooden skewer or pencil to help place the flowers.

Flowers inside jar ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

Once you have all the flowers in place you can set your wick. I tried using some wax but it did not stay put, so I used a little hot glue. I’ve used hot glue to secure wicks before with no problems.

This wooden wick is a new item for me and I love the way it looks. It did have some problems staying lit. After googling this problem, I found that it helps to soak the wicks in the wax first. What I did was paint additional wax around the top of the wicks and cut them short and that seemed to help. If you are concerned just use a cotton wick.

When using cotton wicks, after you glue the base, wrap the top of the wick around a pencil, and lay the pencil across the top of the jar to help keep it in place.

 

Additional Wax on Flowers inside jar ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

Next you need to go back and add more wax around the flowers, to help them stay in place.

Add you essential oils to the candle pitcher or tin can. I used about 100 drops per candle with 40 lemon-eucalyptus and 60 lavender. You can adjust these to suit your preference. The recommended amount of essential oil is all over the place, from 30 drops to as much as 300 drops per 16 oz candle. I decided on 100 because both lavender and lemon-eucalyptus are strong scents, and I wanted to make sure they would be strong enough to repel the bugs, but it’s really up to you.

Flowers floating in jar ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

At first I did not add extra wax and as you can see here, the flowers are starting to float away from the side and up to the top.

Flowers staying in place ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

Adding the additional wax helped with this problem.  By the way, I tried using hot glue to adhere the flowers to the side but it did help.

Candles with lavender ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

I wonder if the temperature of the wax would make a difference? I also spray painted the lids with gray spray paint, just because I liked the contrast with the wax.Candles in box ~ Press Flower Mason Jar Candles ~ gardenmatter.com

Pressed flower mason jar candles that double as an insect repellent.

Wouldn’t it make a nice homemade gift?
Tutorial on how to make beautiful pressed flower mason jar candles that double as an insect repellent with essential oils of lemon eucalyptus and lavender.

 

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Comments

  1. Gorgeous! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Peggy Connally says:

    Very Nice and easy enough for me to do. 🙂

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