Pumpkin Spice Candles – Evoking THE Signature Autumnal Scent
It’s that wonderful time of year. It may not be time to start singing holiday carols, but it is the season of cozy. And that means we are drawn to instincts of hibernation. Nowadays, that leads us to wear big sweaters, snuggling under a new or well-loved soft blanket, and lighting candles in every corner of our homes.
Warming your home up with hints of cinnamon, orange zest, nutmeg, pumpkin, ginger, and clove such as your go-to fall latte never disappoints.
In fact, Oprah Magazine said in a recent article,
“Imagine stepping on crunchy, colorful leaves at a fall festival with a pumpkin spice latte in your hand. What’s better than that? Almost nothing, except being able to enjoy autumn all year thanks to long-lasting fragrant fall candles that emit the delicious aroma…”
These mini pumpkin spice candle mugs capture that flavorful signature autumnal scent. And making one of these homemade candles is easier than you think!
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Can I make a candle in a mug?
Of course, you can! One of the best parts about making a candle mug is upcycling a coffee or tea stained mug or repurposing an excess amount of coffee mugs. I know I love giving coffee mugs for gifts. With so many clever designs and popular phrases like our “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Mug it’s hard not to.
These mini Moscow Mule mugs would be adorable for pumpkin spice candles too. Or use this DIY project as an excuse to peruse your local antique boutique or thrift shop for some unique, unexpected finds.
But, honestly, any teacup or coffee mug will do to match your style or space.
That’s the beauty of candle making – they are entirely customizable!
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How do you know how much wax to use?
The trick to figuring out how much wax you’ll need is easy! No matter what size of a mug you choose to make a pumpkin spice candle you can use one of these candle making tips.
- If you know the size of your mug (check the bottom sometimes is printed there) that’s how much wax you’ll need!
- If you don’t know the size of the mug, fill it to the brim with soy wax flakes. Pour into a bowl or candle melting pitcher and repeat once.
How do you make a pumpkin spice smell?
The quickest option is to use a natural pumpkin spice blend made with essential oils like this one. The second option to create your blend with individual essential oils like cinnamon, clove, orange, and ginger.
And if you want to make a pumpkin spice latte candle you can add a few drops of coffee essential oil and vanilla too if you like. It’s that easy!
DIY Pumpkin Spice Candle Mugs
- 1 digital kitchen scale
- 1 candle thermometer
- 2 centering devices
- 1 candle melting pitcher
- 2 mini 2-ounce mugs
- 4 ounces soy candle wax
- 2 cotton wicks
- 2.5 teaspoons pumpkin spice blend
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Candle Mugs:
1. Measure Wax
Use a kitchen scale to measure 4-ounces of soy wax flakes to make 2 mini candle mugs. Or use the candle making tip above to find the right amount for your containers.
2. Melt Wax
Pour your measured soy wax flakes in a candle melting pitcher to safely melt the wax. Place the pitcher filled with wax inside a large saucepan filled with 2 inches of water. Using the double boiler method, heat on medium to low heat with gentle simmer at most. Use a heat resistant silicone whisk or spatula to stir often.
3. Cool & Scent Wax
After melting, remove the pitcher from the heat immediately to avoid the wax from becoming too hot. Then clip a candle thermometer inside of the pitcher.
Allow the temperature of the wax to cool to between 125°F to 120°F before adding 2.5 teaspoons of pumpkin spice candle scent. After adding the scent stir constantly for 1 to 2 minutes to thoroughly incorporate.
4. Pour Scented Wax & Place Wicks
As the wax begins to melt dip the metal tab of each cotton wick into the wax. Then carefully center and adhere to the bottom of each mini mug or other candle containers. Hold in place for a few seconds. After a few minutes, the wax will harden and it will have a good hold on the container.
Next, gently pour your pumpkin spice scented wax into each mini mug. Place a centering device over each wick to help keep them in place during the curing process.
Before trimming each wick allow the candle mugs to cool 30 minutes to 1 hour. The wax should appear hard. Trim each wick to about ¼ an inch. Allow pumpkin spice candles to cool for 3 days before lighting. If you can wait for 1 to 2 weeks you’ll have even stronger smelling candles.
Each lovingly, hand-poured pumpkin spice candle mug doubles as a great gift during the cozy season of cool weather, great food, and get-togethers. Your green friends will love it too because they are made with echo-friendly essential oils and soy wax!
And one of the best parts about their mini size is that these candle mugs are quick to make with very little candle wax or ingredients needed.
Are you a pumpkin spice fanatic too? Share your pumpkin spice cravings with us on Instagram tag #farmhousechicliving and pin this candle recipe for a no-calorie craving fix!