Layered Mason Jar Candle Tutorial

by Rustic Escentuals

Mason Jar candles are quick & easy to make as well as giving you room for creativity because of their larger capacity. In this candle making tutorial we show you how to pour three layers of different colors and scents. You can customize these candles for seasons, holidays, special occasions, parties, shower favors or decorations, or simply for your home’s decor. Layered Mason Jars are also great containers for learning how to make candles.

make layered mason jar candles

Materials List:
Container Candle Wax
Golden Soy Wax 415
Golden Soy Wax 464 (used in this tutorial)
KY PureSoy 100% Soy Wax
KY Soy 115
16 oz Plain Mason Jar with Lid
Candle Fragrance Oils (3)
Candle Dyes (3)
Wick Stickers
51-32-18C Pre-Tabbed Cotton Wick
Wick Bar
Digital Scale
Pour Pitcher
Presto Pot or double boiler to melt wax
Metal Spoon to stir wax
Safety goggles
Apron to protect clothing
Wax paper, old newspapers or aluminum foil

supplies needed to make layered mason jar candles

 Step 1
Prepare work surface. Cover counter with wax paper, old newspapers or aluminum foil to make clean up easier.
Step 2
Prepare the mason jar by using a wick – attach the wick (with a wick sticker) onto the bottom center of the inside of the jar. Use some pressure to ensure a good adhesion. Use the wick bar to keep the wick straight & centered in the jar.

wicked jars

Step 3
Melt the GB 464 soy candle wax in a double boiler or presto pot with a thermometer to monitor temperature. Melt the wax to approximately 185° F. Occasionally stir wax to ensure it melts evenly and completely.
Step 4
Place the pour pitcher on the digital scale and tare. Once wax is completely melted, transfer approximately 4 oz of wax to the pour pitcher with a ladle.
Step 5
Tare the scale again and add .4 oz of candle fragrance oil to the wax. Stir until fragrance oil is completely mixed into the wax – about 2 minutes. Add single drops of candle colorant until desired color is achieved and stir. To test the color, add a few drops of the colored wax onto a white surface, like a paper plate, and let cool – this will give you a better idea of what the candle will look like when the candle cools. If the wax is not dark enough, add a bit more color, mix, and test again. Dyed candle wax appears darker when it is melted.

add fragrance and colorant


test wax color

Step 6
Let wax cool to approximately 130 – 140 degrees. 

Step 7
Fill pre-wicked jar approximately 1/3 of the way full. Place off to the side to allow the layer to cool completely. When the layer is cooled, repeat Steps 4 & 5 with the next fragrance/color combination. Place off to the side and allow the layer to cool completely. Once again, repeat Steps 4 & 5 with the final fragrance/color combination.

layers 1 and 2


layer 3

Step 8
Once candle is completely cool, trim the wick to approximately 1/4” and place the lid on the jar. Do not add lid until candle has cooled completely, otherwise condensation will form inside.

layered mason jar candle

Tip: Soy wax needs time to cure before burning in order to have optimal scent throw. Let completed candle cure for 7-14 days before burning.


  • Cover counter with wax paper, old newspapers or aluminum foil to make clean up easier.
  • Be sure to wear safety goggles for eye protection. You do not want to be splashed in the eye with hot wax! Remember with wax – safety first.
  • Waxes used in making candles are very similar to cooking oils – they are flammable and they are poured at high temperatures, but with certain precautions, accidents may be avoided. NEVER HEAT WAX ABOVE 210°F.
  • For safety, wax should be melted in a double boiler. Wax should NEVER be heated directly over an open flame or burner. Direct heating can cause wax to explode and result in serious injury.
  • Use of a thermometer is advised to ensure proper wax pouring temperature.
  • Never leave hot wax unattended. Keep children and pets away from the area where wax is being melted and poured.
  • Never pour water in a wax fire. Water will cause the fire to spread. To extinguish a fire in a pan, cover the pan with its lid. Use a dry chemical fire extinguisher.
  • Never pour melted wax into the sink or other drains.
This tutorial on how to make candles has been sponsored by Rustic Escentuals. Rustic Escentuals has been offering wholesale candle making supplies, wholesale soap supplies, lip balm ingredients, wholesale fragrance oils, and specialty craft supplies since 1999. Learn how to make candles, how to make soap, how to make lip balm, how to make bath bombs and more at Rustic Escentuals. We hope you shop with us for your wholesale candle supplies and soap making needs. Quality ingredients for a quality finished product!
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