Tuesday, May 7, 2024

DIY Candles with Laser Engraved Lids

Honor mom with hand-poured candles with laser engraved lids.

Candles are a great gift for mom and are easy to make. 

Add a customized laser engraving to the bamboo lid to make the gift extra special.

candles with wood tops engraved with mother's day sayings


Candle making is almost a lost art. It's so easy to purchase store-bought candles. 

But the satisfaction of creating your own candles makes it something worth trying. 

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  You could also use mason jars for the candles if you prefer.
collage of candles with laser engraved wood lids


 Let's get started with engraving the lids.

Note: If you don't have a laser engraver, but you do have a cricut or silhouette you could try using these files to cut out vinyl to apply to the lid instead. If you don't have either machine, you can just leave them plain. 

One thing I learned is that bamboo engraves unevenly. But there's a trick to minimize this. 
bamboo lids ready to be engraved

When measuring the distance, add something so that the machine measures just a little bit higher than the actual lid.

I used this stack of blank stickers that came with the candle jars. It's about 3/8 inch thick. I placed it on top of the lid, then measured the distance. 

adjusting the distance when measuring

 I'm not sure why this works, but it does. I learned this trick from this video.

You can see below the difference this makes.

The lid on the left was made by adjusting the distance. The distance was not adjusted for the lid on the right. 

You can see the lid on the right has uneven etching - some of the design is much lighter than the rest of it. 

example of lids measured differently

There wasn't a materials setting for bamboo, so I used the basswood setting.

Here are the settings I used: 55% power, 200 speed, 1 pass

settings for engraving bamboo


engraved bamboo

bamboo lids engraved with mother's day sentiments


Now let's make the candles. 

This kit from xTool comes with everything you need except the wax.

I really like the transparent frosted jars. They also come in amber or black.
prepping candle jars
Add the warning stickers to the bottom of the glass jar. 

Then add a wick stickers to the bottom of the each wick and place it in the center of the jar. 

Use the wick holders to keep the wick in place when the warm wax is poured into the jars.

 I placed the jars on a cookie sheet.

This made it easy to move the candles into the pantry to cool and harden overnight. This was necessary because we have curious cats who like to investigate. 
melting wax for candles

There are lots of kinds of candle-making wax. The wax I'm using is not available anymore. But since I have a stockpile of it, I decided to use it up.

There are a few different ways you can melt the wax. Follow the instructions for the wax you choose. 

Below is the candle-making process I followed based on the instructions for my wax.

The instructions for this wax said to microwave in a glass bowl for 2 minutes, adding an additional minute if needed to melt. Then to let the wax cool for 5 minutes before pouring.
pouring wax into candle jar

Carefully pour the wax into the jars. Be sure to leave some room at the top so that the wooden lids can be added once cooled.

candles poured and waiting to harden

I only had 5 wick holders and I made 8 candles. So I used wooden sticks to keep the wicks in place in the remaining jars.

I made 3 different scents. Peach Cobbler, Baked Pear, and Lemon Pound Cake.

Allow to cool for at least 24 hours before lighting.

hardened handmade candles

Once the candles have cooled, trim the wicks and add the engraved bamboo lids.

candle with a bamboo lid that says wolds best mom

I added some bakers twine with a round paper tag to label the scent of the candle.


candles with laser engraved bamboo lids


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candle with laser engraved bamboo lid with text overlay

candle with paper tag and laser engraved wood lid

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