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DIY Lemon Scented Soy Candle with Free Printable

Updated 10/09/2020
Lemon candle recipe + free printable

I love to spread holiday cheer by giving my neighbors a homemade baked good, but this year I decided to do something different. I created handmade soy lemon candles that can be enjoyed well past the holidays, or any other time of year!


How to make lemon-scented soy candles with essential oils

I found all the items needed for this craft at and Hobby Lobby.

  • 2" Circle Labels
  • Soy Lemon Candle Printable
  • Soy Wax Flakes
  • Candle Wicks
  • Heat Safe Containers (I used 4 oz. mason jars)
  • Candle Fragrance/Essential Oils
  • Microwave-safe container to melt wax in (a glass measuring cup)


DIY soy candles: Finished

Step 1

Download and print the free candle label printable for this tutorial on your 2" circle labels. These will be applied on the lid of each container. There are enough labels on each sheet to use on 20 lids.

Step 2

DIY soy candles: melt wax flakes DIY soy candles: melt wax flakes2

Using the measuring cup, add 1 cup of the soy wax flakes. Heat in the microwave until fully melted. I melted mine on high for 3 minutes. Just keep your eye out!

Step 3

DIY soy candles: adding essential oils to melted wax

Once fully melted, add 15-20 drops of the lemon candle fragrance oil (or your choice of fragrance) to the melted wax. The more drops you add, the stronger the fragrance will be.

If you use a different fragrance, design your own labels using Maestro Label Designer, label design software exclusively for customers.

Step 4

DIY soy candles: Pouring melted wax into your candle container DIY soy candles: Fill half your candle container with melted wax

Place a wick in the middle of your candle container. Pour just enough melted soy wax to cover the silver circle at the bottom of the wick.

Step 5

DIY soy candles: Let the first set of candle wax dry then fill the rest

Allow the wax to set (about 10 minutes) before filling the container the rest of the way. This will help keep the wick at the bottom of the container.

Step 6

DIY soy candles: Dry candle wax with full-length wick

Fill the container the rest of the way. Be careful to leave enough room at the top of the container for the wick once it's trimmed and to be able to put the lid on.

Allow the candle to fully cool and set (2-3 hours depending on the size of the container). Once set, trim the wick.

Step 7

DIY soy candles: Top off your candle with a lid label

Apply the candle label to the top of the lid and place your lid on the candle.

Step 8

DIY soy candles: Finished

Add decorative elements, twine, twigs, etc. around your candle container to make it even more eye-appealing. I added yellow twine, brown twine, and artificial twigs to mine.

Finished DIY soy candle label with lemon essential oils

This is such a simple process to make unique gifts for your friends, neighbors, and family members in no time! Make just a few or make 20 at once. They are that quick to make and the end result of the candles are very professional looking especially with the label added to the lid.

How to make your own lemon-scented candles using soy wax flakes

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