Calling all sentimental matcha lovers that love gifting DIY projects!
If your primary love language is receiving gifts, you’re probably really excited that the holidays are approaching and you can give thoughtful gifts to those you love.
I like to say that matcha is my love language and I get complete joy out of gifting matcha-inspired presents to my favorite humans (especially if they’re new to matcha).
Crafting DIY matcha-infused candles is a fun way to repurpose and upcycle your empty Jade Leaf Matcha tins! They are the perfect vessel to utilize for your candle-making needs. They will also look gorgeous placed in your bedroom, bathroom, or anywhere you love placing candles.
- Culinary Grade Matcha
- Cooking oil (I used avocado oil)
- 5lbs - Soy wax chips (here are the wax chips I used)
- Wooden candle wicks with metal tabs (here are the wicks I used)
- Small bowl
- Stainless steel tea sifter (available in our Modern and Traditional Starter Sets)
- Empty Jade Leaf Matcha tins or mason jars
- Heatproof glass measuring cup
- Oven mitts
- Optional: Essential oils (I used lavender essential oil)
- Optional: Dried sencha tea leaves, dried rose petals, dried flower buds, etc.
- Place wax chips in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until completely melted. Fill heatproof glass with soy wax chips until it is ¾ of the way full. Place your heatproof glass in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds, stir. Repeat until all of your wax chips are completely melted. Use your thermometer to ensure the temperature of the melting wax does not reach flashpoint or it will be highly flammable. (Note: you will need to repeat this process a few times, depending on how many tins/glass vessels you’ll be filling to make candles)
- Attach the wood wicks the metal tabs; dip tab in melted wax and firmly place at the center bottom of a glass jar. Allow to cool.
- In a small bowl, pour in 1/8 cup of cooking oil. Sift 2-3 tbs of matcha into the oil. Stir to incorporate and break up the matcha clumps. This should make a thick sauce-like mixture (similar to the viscosity of condensed milk), if it’s too thick and paste-like, simply pour in a few more drops of your cooking oil.
- Pour in 15-30 drops of your essential oils into your matcha mixture. The amount of essential oil drops you add is totally up to your preference. Set aside.
- Once your wax chips are completely melted, pour in 2-3 tbs of your matcha mixture into the melted wax. Gently stir.
- Slowly pour the melted wax into your your tins/glass jar. Once the wax begins to solidify towards the top of the candle, sprinkle your dried tea leaves, rose buds, etc. Allow the candle to completely solidify. Use your scissors to trim the wood wick. Place tins lids back on. Et voilà! You just made matcha-infused candles!
Lighting your matcha candle: You may notice that when lighting your gorgeous matcha-infused candle the wooden wick burns out and won’t stay lit. Feel free to read through this helpful article for tips on how to keep your flame burning bright!
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I hope you enjoy crafting this DIY recipe in your home.
Jules & the Jade Leaf Matcha Team