Friends of ours just bought their first house and we wanted to give them something small and thoughtful as a housewarming gift. Beautifully scented white coffee and vanilla candles that symbolise purity, innocence and enlightenment were just the thing.
As always my virtual BFF, pinterest, had tons of ideas for making candle holders. The ones that really appealed to me involved coffee beans and a mason jar – easy, rustic simplicity.
What You Need
- Medium sized mason jars (we had some collecting dust on our kitchen shelf)
- White candle; unscented (the candles that burn from the inside are the best)
- Yummy lightly roast coffee beans
- Vanilla pods and a few drops of vanilla essence
- Cinnamon sticks
- Some ribbon to decorate
Pour your favourite smelling coffee beans and the vanilla pods into the mason jar. Add a few drops of the essence and insert a candle in the center pushing down slightly. Make sure the candle is stable; you don’t want to burn the new house down. It’s best to use a candle that burns from the inside and doesn’t drip wax. We learnt the hard way the first time we made these. When the candle melts you’re left with one big blob of melted candle wax and coffee beans :-(Tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar (I used burlap to add to the rustic charm) and add a cinnamon stick for some oomph.
Before lighting the candles we spritz the coffee beans with a little bit of water. Coffee beans are quite dry and I don’t want to risk burning the house down. I also think that a little bit of water enhances the scent. There’s nothing like the rich, spicy aroma of freshly ground coffee, followed by the heavenly scents of vanilla and cinnamon. It makes the room smell warm and inviting and with all the load shedding we have in South Africa, candles are always a winner. We’ve also tried using tealights, but I found that the scent wasn’t strong enough. But then again maybe our beans weren’t fresh enough 😉
Some things to keep in mind when making coffee and vanilla candles
- Use a glass container that can handle heat. Those really thin glass jars could crack or even worse explode.
- Choose a container that has a larger enough opening to let air circulate nicely.
- Candles should never be left unattended. Never ever.
- Coffee beans oxidize with exposure to oxygen and heat so they will lose their smell after about 2 months. Add them to your garden, they make great compost 😉
I’d love to hear what you think? Have you tried making these before?