This DIY for tea scented candles is super easy and great for a simple gift. Follow the same steps for easy DIY scented candles (if tea isn’t your thing).
Are you one of those people who have been done with your Christmas shopping since the day after Thanksgiving? Yes? Well then pin this little DIY for sometime after the holidays when you need a fun gift for a tea-loving friend. But, if you’re anything like me, you’re still scrambling for a few last minute gift ideas for people on your list and today I have a super easy one for you! These tea scented candles will be great for so many people on your list!
I love giving gifts that have a little bit of a personal touch, even if it’s just a small part of the gift. Usually I’ll make a baked good to go with something but I decided to try candles this year and they were SO MUCH EASIER than I thought!
I used Pure Leaf’s new bagged teas to infuse my candles and love the way they turned out (and how my whole house smelled like peppermint during the process).
These little tea candles would be darling for any tea lovers on your list or you could use the same process with essential oils for just about any scent. Kroger just started carrying Pure Leaf tea so I grabbed a few for these tea-infused candles on my grocery run the other day. The NEW Pure Leaf teas come in Black Vanilla and Green Mint Tea and I grabbed both but ended up just trying the Green Mint Tea for the candles. The whole process took less than half an hour (other than letting the candle cool) and they’re so darling.
You could make these with green tea, herbal tea, or another favorite tea. You can also use the same infusion process with essential oils for an easy scented candle DIY.
Tea-Infused Scented Candle DIY
What You’ll Need for your tea-infused scented candles:
- 1 mug or tea cup
- 1/4 cup oil (I used coconut but you could use olive oil or vegetable oil)
- tea bags or loose leaf tea (I used 4 for one candle)
- wax (I used soy wax flakes)
- 1 wick (or you can use string and dip it in wax to make your own wick)
- 1 small metal holder
- hot glue gun or super glue
- pan to melt wax (I picked up a $5 one so I didn’t have to worry about the wax)
- 5 drops of complimentary essential oil (I used peppermint oil with Green Tea with Mint tea bags).
How to make tea scented candles
- Heat oil on stovetop. Seep tea bags in oil for 15 minutes. The bags will begin to break apart but don’t worry about it.
- Stir in essential oil.
- Melt in two mugs full of wax (or cups, depending on what you’re using for your candle).
- Using a hot glue gun or super glue, attach your wick to the bottom center of your mug. They do sell little wick holders (small metal circles that your wick can sit in) but you could just glue the wick directly to the mug.
- Holding the wick upright, pour in melted wax mixture into mug.
- Now, here’s the tricky part: You need the candle to dry with the wick sticking straight up the middle. You can hold the wick straight up for the two hours while the candle dries. You can use a large wood pin to hold the wick up (resting the pin across the mug with the wick sticking up through it). Or, we balanced a whisk across the top of our mug to hold the wick straight up without having to buy a large wood pin.
- Trim the wick and gift your candle!
Have you made tea scented candles before? Let me know if you try these!