Glass jar Vegetable shortening Beeswax Candle wick Tin can Small saucepan Masking tape Wooden skewer Essential oils Dried petals, fruits or spices 01 Using your tin can, weigh out roughly the same amount of shortening in grams as your glass jar holds in ml. Work out 10% of the quantity and add this amount in beeswax to the can, e.g. a 200ml jar needs 200g shortening and 20g beeswax.
02 Place the tin in a pan of hot water and simmer on a low heat until the shortening and beeswax have completely melted. Stir well with a wooden skewer, making sure no water gets into the tin.
03 To prepare your jam jar, glue the wick to the base of jar, then stick a strip of tape across the top. Thread the wick through to keep it centred and upright.
04 Once the wax has melted, remove from the heat and stir in your chosen fragrance blend – use roughly 30-50 drops.
05 Carefully pour the wax into the jam jar and leave for 5-10 minutes. As the wax starts to harden, add in your selection of dried petals, fruits, spices or berries, pushing them down into the wax using a wooden skewer.
06 Leave to set in a cool place, then remove the tape and cut the wick back to 1cm ( "). When you first light your candle, wait for the whole of the surface to melt before extinguishing it to ensure it burns evenly each time. Author Rachelle Blondel lives to make, be it a coat, candles, or bread. Her latest project, R:itual, celebrates the beauty in the everyday – find her on Instagram @rachelleblondel.