Spiced Candles for Fall

by Merissa on October 16, 2014

in Make Your Own

Spiced Candles for Fall - Little House Living

Spiced Candles for FallIntermediate

Now that we are well into fall, I love enjoying anything and everything fall related to extend the season as long as possible. Fall is one of our favorite seasons and it always seems to go by too quickly, so I try and enjoy it as much as I can with fall related foods and scents.

This year I wanted to take a few of the Beeswax Candles that I love to make and create some fun fall scents. Without ordering special scents for the candles, I wanted to see if I could scent them with things I already had at home. The result is lovely fall spiced candles that are perfect for filling your house with yummy smells, without using artificial fragrances or purchasing anything extra. We love these!

Spiced Candles for Fall

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Candles for Fall

Start by placing the wicks in the jars. I like to use random or chipped mason jars for candle projects. You can use the metal wick holders or just tape the wicks to the bottom of the jars. If you use tape just make sure it's secure. Hot glue will work as well but might re-melt when the hot wax is poured in. Take the tops of the wicks (cut them long) and wrap them around an old pencil and place in the centers of the jars.

Candles for Fall

Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and spices together in some kind of double boiler. This is my makeshift boiler! I use a jar (just for candle making) and place a few inches of water in the saucepan. Then when the water heats up, the contents of the jar will heat up and melt. You don't need the wax and oil to boil, just melt. (I use Beeswax and Coconut Oil blended for a softer candle that burns better than straight beeswax.)

Candles for Fall

It should only take a few minutes (you may need to stir the wax with some kind of stick or long spoon; chopsticks work well!) to fully melt the wax and combine it with the coconut oil. The recipe above will make enough wax to fill a pint jar and you will need about 1 tablespoon of spices per pint made, depending on the scents you use and how strong you want it to be. Spice ideas can be found further down this post.

Candles for Fall

Start by pouring a small amount of wax into the very bottom of the jar and letting it set up (this will help hold the wick at the bottom), then pour the rest of the wax in the jar until it's full enough. (Pour in small layers and let is harden slightly if you have issues with the spices all falling to the bottom.) Let the candles sit undisturbed until the wax re-hardens. Then you are ready to burn your candles!

Candles for Fall

My favorite spices to use in the fall scented candles are pumpkin pie spice and apple pie spice. If you don't have these on hand at home, look for them at the dollar store. You can pick up very inexpensive spices there that are perfect for candles! Some other spices you might want to try in candles are:

  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove

Candles for Fall

I love having these candles around the house and enjoying the warm glow and lovely scents they add to the air. They only take a few minutes to make and you can make several at once so you have them on hand.

When we get closer to winter you might want to make some of these fun Frosty Beeswax Candles instead!

What are your favorite fall scents or scented candles for fall?

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1 Barb Wright October 16, 2014 at 6:42 am

These are very nice! I like the same scents that you mentioned..they make the house smell “like fall”! I also jumped over to your frosty candles..I really love those! I am thinking candles,a few ornaments,etc. in a basket lined with Christmas fabric..an inexpensive,yet pretty gift!

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2 Tracy Smith October 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

These sound like a perfect gift idea! My sister and I are getting together later this fall to have a Christmas gift day. Spending the day making up Christmas gifts for the family(and friends too!) I did this on my own last year, but I have found so many awesome diy gift ideas this year that my sis and I will spend some time together (with my teenage daughter)to just create! So excited! Candles was one of those items that I wanted to do last year, but didn’t do enough research on it. I really thought it would be difficult! Thanks!

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3 leeann October 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

We are placing an order for Bees Wax and wicks. A question I have is, when you call for a cup of bees was, is that 8 oz? Do you use the bars or the pellets? Or is it just important to have equal parts of both oil and wax?
Thank you!!

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4 Merissa October 16, 2014 at 9:21 pm

A cup of beeswax is the dry measurement of pellets (which is what I usually buy because they are much easier to melt) so it would be a little less than 8 ounces. It will be fine if you add more but just make sure to have a thick wick or the candle will burn too quickly and just down the center leaving the wax around the edges.

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5 Stefanie @ Calledhis.com October 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I LOVE this! I had never really made my own candles, because it looked hard, but I think even I could handle this.

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6 Marilyn M October 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Thanks for the awesome and easy instructions! I definitely want to give this a try.

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7 Becca October 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm

The cup of bees wax is that before or after melted? Same fir coconut oil?

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8 Cindy Lund October 17, 2014 at 10:29 am

Sooo excited about the fall beeswax candle recipe but I need clarification please. 1 cup of beeswax is vastly different if it’s solid, pastilles or grated. Even grated can range vastly. Can you clarify please, perhaps with oz measured on a scale?? Thanks so much!

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9 Cindy Lund October 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

Oops, I now see your reply above. Sorry and thanks for clarification!

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10 leeann October 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

anyone have a preferred brand of wicks they recommend? thinking of using the pint size jars. Thanks!

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11 Connie Miller October 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Is there anything you can use to make candles that smell like a Christmas tree? I buy candles each year at Christmas time that are some kind of evergreen smell and I love them but they are very expensive. Was hoping someone could tell me what to use to duplicate that smell with these candles. (or should I have looked at the Frosty candles instructions? Thanks in advance.

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12 Lisa Williams December 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

I have used essential oils before and they seem to work well. They often have a lot of different fragrances to choose from, and I know I have seen spruce and Christmas tree scents. They are often sold in natural food stores and the places that carry incense.

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13 Becki Rogers February 17, 2015 at 9:41 pm

I also like to scent my candles with a tree fragrance to burn around Christmas and have bought Christmas Tree scent and Douglas Fir scent.

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14 Kathy October 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I love this idea and was wondering, could I use balsam fir oil as a scent…so Christmas tree smelling I’d love to fill the house with this scent seeing as how we use a faux tree. Just wasn’t sure I could add more oil or if it would have any adverse properties. Thank you for all of your great ideas!

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15 Merissa October 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

I haven’t tried that scent but I would think it would work the same. 🙂

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16 Mandy Post Maddocks October 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Wow! This sounds so easy! I can’t wait to make these! Thanks for sharing.

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17 Sharon from Her Organized Chaos October 20, 2014 at 9:13 am

This is a great tutorial! Awhile back, I was looking into making candles but it all seemed complicated, but I can do this. I LOVE fall scents and LOVE this idea!

Thanks!
Sharon

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18 Serafina October 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm

What a lovely idea! I will be making some of these soon, and will save your link to share later too! Thank you for sharing at Mama Moments!

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19 Laura October 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

This is my favorite time of the year for having candles around the house. Thanks for the great tutorial. Pinning. xo Laura

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20 Amanda @ The Kolb Corner October 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Wow I’ve never thought about making my own candles. I think I will have to try these. They would make good homemade gifts too! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday!

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21 Shelly October 21, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Love these DIY candles – I can’t wait to make my own! Pinned! Thanks for sharing!

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22 Melissa October 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Is there a substitute for bees wax that I can safely use?

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23 Merissa October 23, 2014 at 8:18 am

You can use soy wax in candles instead but then you will want to add little to no coconut oil since soy wax is softer than beeswax.

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24 [email protected] October 23, 2014 at 11:18 am

You certainly made it look easy…can almost smell them now!! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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25 Theresa @DearCreatives October 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I’ve been wanting to make candles. Thanks for the great tutorial. & linking up at the party!

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26 Mel {MamaBuzz} October 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Oh wow, thank you for sharing this. I definitely need to try making my own candles. I’m always picking up a candle here, a candle there. Especially this time of year, I love anything that’s maple, caramel, pumpkin, hazelnut scented. These sound wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.

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27 Katherines Corner October 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Thank you for sharing this wonderful project at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

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28 Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com October 27, 2014 at 12:37 am

I’ve never thought to add spices to candles! That opens a whole WORLD of Christmas and fall yumminess this year lol. Thanks so much for sharing, you were the most viewed this week and will be featured in tonight’s What’d You Do This Weekend! Pinned 🙂

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29 Debra @ MsMoozys Open House October 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I can not wait to try this!!! I wanted to let you know I will be featuring this post tomorrow on Tuesday with a Twist on my blog. Please stop by for a peek. 🙂 Have a great day.

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30 Debra @ MsMoozys Open House October 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I love this and can not wait to try it. I wanted to let you know I will be featuring this post tomorrow on Tuesday with a Twist on my blog. Please stop by for a peek. 🙂 Have a great day.

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31 Michelle @ The Painted Hinge October 29, 2014 at 9:43 am

These look so good I can practically smell them! 🙂 I love the scent of fall candles, and I never thought they’d be so easy to make! Thank you so much for sharing!

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32 Ashley November 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

I always get nervous burning store-bought candles because you don’t really know what chemicals you could be breathing in. I will have to try this out… it looks super easy! Who knew?!

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33 Sarah S November 3, 2014 at 4:44 pm

I tried making these today and they look super pretty and I love them, but it seems like most of the scent (I did pumpkin pie spice, with a little extra cinnamon) just sunk to the bottom of the candle… so mine just smell like honey 🙂 Maybe once they get down really low I’ll smell the spices. Haha! Did you have this problem?

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34 Merissa November 3, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Hmm, I didn’t but I guess I tend to pour my candles in small layers. I pour the bottom and let it harden just a bit before pouring more and so on…I will edit the post to add that in.

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35 Sarah S November 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

That’s a great idea to do it in layers. I think I’ll re-melt it and try it again that way. Thanks!

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36 Melissa November 7, 2014 at 9:37 am

My little girls and I made the candles yesterday. We had so much fun and they were so simple. To be honest I thought we would have a drippy mess but to my surprise it was a mess free project. I love the idea of using a quart jar to melt the wax. We found the bees wax to be expensive so we used soy wax shavings instead. We found jars at the dollar store and used some pumpkin pie spice that had recently expired as our scent. We decided to follow another post you have about using glue sticks to apply Epsom salt to the outside. We tied a sheer burgundy ribbon around the bottom. My kids couldn’t have been happier. They want to do this again. They made one as a birthday gift for their grandmother “nana” and can’t wait to give it to her tonight. My husband said they looked wonderful. Thank you Merissa, for all of your creative ideas.

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37 Merissa November 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

I’m so glad you had fun together making this project! 🙂

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38 Nicole November 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm

I am new to candle making so any help is fantastic!
I was wondering are you using powdered spices? Do they clump up with the wax??
Thus far I have only used oils (the ones you put in an oil burner) and they turn out ok but the scent isn’t very strong…. Thanks for the tutorial!

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39 Malorie November 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm

When you say to add spices such as cinnamon, do you mean the same cinnamon you would put on food, or do you mean a cinnamon fragrance?

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40 Merissa November 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

Spices like you would use on food.

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41 Lise November 26, 2014 at 10:09 am

Great post! Our family is doing a “DIY Christmas” this year – all gifts must be handmade. I’ve never tried making candles and I’ve been looking for the perfect tutorial. I think this will be one of my go to gift projects! I can’t wait to try different scent combinations.

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42 Nicky November 29, 2014 at 11:13 am

What a great idea to use spice in the candle making! I made some candles yesterday and would have loved to experiment with spices from the cupboard. Next time for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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43 Ashley August 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm

I love this idea and would really love to try this, but… I cannot find the “recipes” on this page for how to make the different fall scents. Thanks for any help!

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44 Nicole September 5, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Can I sub almond oil for coconut oil or does that affect the burn?

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45 Merissa September 7, 2015 at 7:58 am

I have not used almond oil before so I’m not sure how that would effect it.

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46 Rina I Thee Cook October 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!!!

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47 Tara November 13, 2015 at 11:45 am

hi there. I really enjoyed this tutorial. However, I am not sure if anyone else had the same problem, but the candle tutorial also pops up when you try to click on the homemade sandwich bags. I am really curious to also see the sandwich bag tutorial so I thought I would let you know about this issue. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!!

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48 Merissa November 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Here is a link to the Homemade Sandwich Bags. I will check into the issue!

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49 Jim November 28, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Im looking for balsam sents and i cant find it any where im retired and looking for a hobby to do and haveing a hard time getting sents.

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50 Carol December 4, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Making my first candles today – thanks for all the information and I love your site.

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