Scented Mason Jar Candles

DIY Scented Mason Jar Candles: 5 Easy Steps

To most people, a smell isn’t just a fragrance – it’s a memory. When you get a whiff of food cooking, you may think of the kitchen where your Mom used to cook. When a breeze blows the smell of fresh flowers, you’re instantly taken back to your first dance and the corsage you brought for your date.

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Scented Mason Jar Candles

Fill your home with nature’s wonderful aromas by making your own scented mason jar candles. This DIY project is easy to do, inexpensive, and doesn’t use any hazardous chemicals!

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12/01/2022 08:14 am GMT

The fresh scent of pine cones adds to the Christmas feel during the holidays. There are many ways to get that scent to linger in your home, but the best way is to make mason jar candles using pine cones.

The mason jar candles with the pine cone fragrance offer a delightful aroma that enhances the festive ambience. In addition to the ever-popular pine scent, there are other options available, such as citrus, coffee, vanilla, and blended scents. The choice of fragrance ultimately depends on personal preference.

One of the notable advantages of mason jar candles is their exceptional shelf-life. Many households have incorporated the practice of utilizing these candles during the holiday season. The process involves replenishing the oil and scent, replacing the wick, and repurposing the existing mason jars. This approach allows for a festive and cost-effective alternative to traditional candle options. Additionally, they serve as excellent decorative pieces. What’s there not to love?

But we recommend that you buy a few new mason jars to do this project every year, as they make great Christmas pressies for friends and family. So far, everybody loves them! :)

Scented Mason Jar Candles

Tips for making DIY scented mason jar candles

1. With the use of a skewer, or any object similar, compress the botanicals at the bottom part of the mason jar, to allow more room above for the oil and wick to burn properly.

2. For frequent use of scented candles, consider adding water to the candle. This will facilitate the oil to burn the wick continuously. However, we advise against implementing this tip for occasional usage, as bacteria growth may develop if the water remains stagnant for a prolonged period.

3. For safety measures, always keep your candles out of children’s reach. Never leave a candle burning without anyone around and make sure the location of the lighted candle is not flammable.

Scented Mason Jar Candles
Scented Mason Jar Candles

This method will use an oil lamp wick and olive oil to create a longer-burning, more sustainable candle. You’ll be needing the following materials to make your own scented mason jar candles.


  • Mason Jars with Lid
  • 1- 1/8 Nipple
  • 2- 1/8 Couplings
  • 2- 3/8 in Washers
  • Lamp Wicks, 100% Cotton (or make your own out of 100% cotton T-shirt)
  • Olive Oil
  • Pine Cones, Cranberries, and any other decorative elements like Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Coffee Beans, Vanilla Beans, etc.
  • Tape (optional)


  • Scissors
  • Cordless Drill with 3/8 Drill Bit (or large screwdriver and hammer)
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How to make these DIY scented mason jar candles

1. Prepare your mason jars

Take the mason jar and drill a small hole in the centre of the lid. The hole should be the same size as the 1/8 nipple. Screw one of the 1/8 couplings onto the nipple and insert it into the hole in the lid. Use the other coupling to screw onto the other end of the nipple, securing it in place.

2. Add your lamp wick

Take the lamp wick and cut it to the desired length, leaving a little extra to hang over the edge of the jar. Thread the wick through the nipple, and pull it through until it is about 1 inch above the top of the lid.

3. Secure your nipple and wick

Place the washers over the coupling and screw the lid onto the jar, securing the nipple and wick in place.

4. Add the olive oil

Fill the jar with olive oil, leaving about 1/4 inch of space at the top. You can add a few drops of essential oil if you want to add fragrance to your candle.

5. Arrange the botanicals

Use a stick to strategically position the botanicals to achieve a visually appealing arrangement. Ensure that there is sufficient space between the botanicals to enhance their aesthetic appeal. You can use tape to hold them in place if needed.

And that’s it! These scented mason jar candles are now ready to be gifted or displayed in your home!

Optional: Attach a printed gift tag or directions tag to add a thoughtful and organized touch to your presentation.

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Do you want one for your home? Check our album above for ideas or click on the link below to learn the full step-by-step process on how to do the Scented Mason Jar Candles.

Thanks to Garden Matter for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

If you like this project, you might also want to check DIY Decorative Water Candles…



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