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DIY Fir & Grapefruit Candle

DIY Fir & Grapefruit Candle | Twinspiration

We’ve probably never voiced this here on our blog, but we’ve always wanted to start our own candle company. In fact, we plan to do just that at some point down the road. We’ve been obsessed with candles basically our whole lives. We have vivid memories of going to the local “candle” store and stocking up on Yankee Candle’s ‘Home Sweet Home’ as kids. So our obsession is really just a side effect of our parent’s addiction to candles.

We’re always on the lookout for new candle brands and scents to try. Anthropologie has a HUGE selection of gorgeous, beautifully scented candles. But like everything else at that store, they are pricy. Once in awhile we’ll splurge on these gems because you can usually keep the candle jar, once the candle burns, and use it for something else. We actually store our stevia packets in a cute jar next to our Ninja Coffee Bar!

DIY Fir & Grapefruit Candle | Twinspiration

If you’re like us and prefer pretty looking things but have no money to spend on them, consider making your own candles. It is way easier than we anticipated and actually a lot of fun. We seem to hoard essential oils so it was fun to go through our stash and pair up scents that we thought would work together. We opted for grapefruit and fir because it’s the ultimate Spring mix. Fir is clearly a Winter scent, while grapefruit tends to remind us of Summer. You can absolutely use one scent or mix as many as you’d like. Go crazy!

Also, how stunning are these glasses? We spotted them at CB2 and knew we had to use them for candle making. We think our candles would fit in perfectly at Anthropologie and they costed us roughly $8 each! We also plan on reusing these glasses for candles so next time we make them, they’ll be free!

DIY Fir & Grapefruit Candle | Twinspiration



  1. Lay parchment/wax paper down next to your stove to make clean-up easier.
  2. Measure out your wax flakes. A good rule of thumb is to double the volume of each candle vessel.
  3. Hot glue the metal wick plates to the bottom of each vessel, then wrap the excess wick around a pencil and rest on the opening.
  4. Heat the wax on low heat, stirring frequently just until the wax flakes are melted. Remove the pan from heat.
  5. Add roughly 20 drops of each essential oil per candle to the pan and give it a stir. (The number of drops you’ll need will greatly depend on how strong you’d like the scent to be and the brand of essential oil you use.) Since I’m making 2 candles, I’ve added 40 drops of each oil.
  6. Next, evenly divide the wax between the vessels and allow to cool to a solid state.
  7. Once the wax is completely cool, trim the wicks to ½”.

DIY Fir & Grapefruit Candle | Twinspiration

DIY Fir & Grapefruit Candle | Twinspiration

DIY Fir & Grapefruit Candle | Twinspiration

DIY Fir & Grapefruit Candle | Twinspiration

What would be your ideal scent combo?

xx, Britta

  • tinoco22
    02/20/2017 at 3:01 pm

    My ideal scent combo would be lavender and mint or Cucumber and melon like the old lotion from bath and body works. Great post. I love the glasses you picked out.

    • Britta Garsow
      02/21/2017 at 7:45 pm

      Oh that’s a good one! We have lavender oil so we’ll have to try that next!

  • juliableck
    02/21/2017 at 1:09 pm

    I’m 100% trying this! It’s been on my to-do list forever and these cups are legitimately everything I love in a candle holder – thanks for the tutorial! How scented would you say you make your candles? I’m trying to get a good idea for how much essential oil to use… is 80 drops like the yankee candle level or a little less?

    Julia –

    • Britta Garsow
      02/21/2017 at 1:17 pm

      You totally should! They actually aren’t that strong at all. So if you want them to be more on the Yankee candle level you could use more drops OR use actual fragrance oils. We used essential oils to make them 100% natural but we recently found some fragrance oils on amazon that get great reviews so we can’t wait to try those! If you’re interested here is the link —> We got the Fall pack because we love fall time scents all year long haha.

      • juliableck
        02/21/2017 at 1:43 pm

        Ok awesome!! I will check both out. It’s nice to think of making them all natural but I also love a strong scent haha ?

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