DIY: Vintage Tin Candles

June 7th, 2012

If you’re looking for an excuse to start collecting those adorable vintage jello molds, I’ve got one for you. They are ridiculously easy to turn into candles. Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, you can make these in 15 minutes or less!

DIY vintage tin candles
DIY vintage tin candles


microwavable soy candle wax (available here)
lavender essential oil (available here)
candle wicks (wicks with the metal anchors work best—available here)
vintage tin jello molds

How to:

Clean and dry your tins. Follow the instructions on the soy wax packaging to melt the desired amount of wax in the microwave. Stir the lavender essential oil (1 ounce of oil per 1 pound of wax) into the melted wax. Add a little extra oil if you prefer more strongly scented candles. Pour the wax into your tins. Carefully center the wicks in each tin of hot wax. Allow the candles to cool. Then, trim the wicks if necessary. Enjoy and remember not to leave burning candles unattended! As the candles burn down the tins can get quite hot, so it’s best to burn these on a heat resistant surface.


  1. I can’t wait to try this!

  2. Callen

    These are lovely! They would be such sweet simple gifts. I love these DIY’s. Thanks.

  3. Hi Amanda, I found your site through BYW and realized I’ve seen your work before! Small world :) Love the layout of your blog and am looking forward to reading through it a bit more.

  4. What and adorable idea – thanks for sharing! x

  5. This is such a great idea! Especially as a gift.
    Old ball jars would work too, no?

  6. i love this! so cute and simple!

  7. Love this idea – you make it look so simple! I am going to do a special candles/fairy lights post on my blog soon, would you mind if I reproduced the lit candle photo (with credits)? SGHx

  8. Joy

    I used to be SO obsessed with candles. Love the look of these!

  9. I’ve been wanting to try making candles…but I’m afraid I will burn our apartment complex down. These look tame enough…

  10. What a sweet idea! Definitely want to give these a try now! I love your blog too, I found it through BYW. The photos in your posts are gorgeous!
    xoxo Lauren

  11. found you via BYW2 but have been a huge fan of your Etsy shop! these candles are darling!

  12. Really really cute, I’m pretty sure to try this one of these days and quite soon. But I wondered, can the metallic mold turn warm and burn the fingers by taking the candle?
    I’m so glad to had discovered this website and blog, you guys have boiling brains full of great ideas! :)

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      I did a test and left mine burning all evening to see how hot they would get. The first hour or so the tin didn’t get hot since the flame was above it, but as the wax burned away and the flame sat lower in the tin, the metal got a bit hot, so it’s best to keep these on a heat resistant surface. I’ll update the post above with this info. Thanks for asking! I hadn’t even thought about that!

  13. Hey, thank you so much for reading me and testing! :)
    I think I will just keep in mind to be careful.
    (By the way, er, sorry for calling you “guys” just before reading the “About” page, ahah!)

  14. I’ve been wanting to make my own candles for a long time. Do you have a dedicated pyrex measuring cup for wax crafts, or have you come up with a good way to clean wax dregs out of one?

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      I just wiped the remaining hot wax out of my pyrex measuring cup with paper towels and ran it through the dishwasher. It came out perfectly clean!

    • Thanks! I’m excited to give this a try now.

      By the by, I just stumbled on to your blog Friday and spent the better part of the weekend reading the entire thing. (I hope I don’t sound stalkerish.) I love your style and am looking forward to trying a bunch of your recipes!

  15. Tiffany

    Hi, was just wondering where you got the little jello molds from? I’d love to make these candles for our house! :)



  16. Excellent.. I have got to try this. Wonderful idea about the jello molds

  17. Dawn

    I just love these! They are so darling! I can’t wait to give them a try! Thanks for sharing the excellent instructions and pictures!

  18. Carissa

    what else can you use beside the jello molds (which are super cute)

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