Candles are that one favour you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicks (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started!
Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay.
First, we cut the wicks to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centred the wick over the jar.
We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions.
Personalise your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid.
While the candles cooled, we prepared the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar.
The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest! Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favour table. Don't forget to put them atop a plastic plate to match the colours; click here for ideas. Your guests will love these beautiful candles!