Make DIY Scented Candles in Paint BottlesI dream up some of my favourite ideas, while I’m cleaning. Just the other day, I was sorting out our craft supplies (Let the Spring cleaning commence!) and I found a lot of empty paint bottles with little or no paint left in them. On a whim, I decided to wash and clean them up. And, what a good decision that was! We ended up using the bottles to make scented candles and I think they look adorable! Here’s how you can use old paint bottles to make scented candles at home, too!

DIY Scented Candles

This DIY involved quite a bit of recycling. I used old paint bottles, some leftover essential oils and half used crayons. I even dug up some old candles that I could use as a substitute for wax chips. So, we saved up on the supplies big time!

Here’s what we used:

  • Empty Paint Bottles
  • Candle Wax-white or coloured / old candles
  • Wick/a piece of thick cotton white string
  • Crayons
  • String/ribbon
  • Toothpicks
  • Essential Oil in the scent of your choice

You will also need to use a stove and a small bowl to melt the wax in. If you’re not comfortable with using the stove, you can use dixie cups that can be placed in a microwave.

homemade scented candles

It takes 5-7 minutes to make each scented candle. But, the real impact of this DIY comes in numbers. So, make a whole bunch of these. It will definitely save you time and effort!

scented candles at home


1. Soak the paint bottles in a tub of water, till all the paint is removed and the bottles are shinning clean.

2. If you are using  coloured  wax , then just add the wax to a bowl and melt it over the stove.  On the other hand, if you want to make your own special colours (like we did) then melt white wax with a coloured crayon of your choice. For the average sized paint bottle, you will need about half a candle and a small piece of crayon.

3. Add 4-5 drops of the essential scented oil of your choice while the wax is melting.

4.   Once the wax is totally melted, pour it carefully in the bottle. Pour the wax from  a pointed container or through a funnel, so that the wax doesn’t stick to the rim of the bottle. Be very careful in touching the bottle full of wax, as it becomes very hot.

5. Roll the wick around the middle of a toothpick and place it in on the rim of the bottle. Let this be till the wax has solidified completely.

6. Once the wax has solidified, roll the toothpick off and cut the wick from the rim of the bottle.

If you prefer step by step photos, we did use a similar technique to make our cupcake candles and for that one, we shared each and every step. You can check it out here.

How to make scented candles

For the finishing touch, we added a length of string around the rims of the bottles and made tiny bows. We’re planning on placing these bottles in a paint box and gifting it to my mom. Imagine how surprised she’s going to be when she gets pastel candles instead of the expected set of paints! I can’t wait!

Paint Bottle Candles

Things to keep in mind:

  • The more crayon you add to the wax, the darker the color will be. We wanted a light pastel like color for each of the bottles. So, we added the smallest amount of crayon first and then added more till we reached the exact shade we wanted.
  • The colour of the candle dulls out slightly, once it has solidified.
  • If you’re not sure about using a stove, you can place the wax chips and crayons in dixie cups and place them in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes. That will do the trick!
  • Work with an adult, if you’re under 15. No burnt hands, please.
  • This gets messy! So put newspapers in your workspace or you’ll be scraping wax for hours. Been there, done that.

Handmade Scented Candles in Paint Bottles

DIY Scented Candles Paint Bottles

making scented candles

Hope you enjoyed our DIY on how to make scented candles at home using old paint bottles! Let me know what you think of them in the comments below! Also, if you make them, then don’t forget to tag #thecraftables!