Wine Glass Gel Candles

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Finished wine glass gel candles - with a bottle of the real stuff!. David Fisher
  • 01 of 08

    How to Make Wine Glass Gel Candles

    Wine being poured
    Wine being poured. Ivo Noppen / Getty Images

    You may say "in vino veritas" - but with these wine glass gel candles, you'll also be able to say "vinum in lucem" - in wine there is light.

    This project will guide you through how to make a gel wax candle that looks just like a glass of red wine.

    Let's get started!

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  • 02 of 08

    Materials and Tools to Make Wine Glass Candle

    Materials and Tools to make wine glass gel candles
    Materials and tools to make wine glass gel candles. David Fisher

    These gel wax candles are made on the basic principle of a basic small votive-size gel candle with a few small adjustments.

    For this project, you'll need:

    • wine glasses - I'm using a small glass so that it's more of a votive sized candle
    • gel candle wax - each of my glasses held about 3 ounces of gel. I'm using a low density gel wax (Buy Direct). It has less trouble with bubbles but doesn't hold as much fragrance oil. If fragrance strength is more important to you than bubbles, use a...MORE medium density gel(Buy Direct)
    • An appropriate wick for the size of glass. I'm using a zinc votive candle wick 44-24-18z that I've reprimed for gel wax.
    • A fragrance oil that is suitable for gel wax. (How to test your fragrance for gel wax compatibility.) I'm using a sweet, berry like fragrance called (appropriately) Red Wine. The low-density gel I'm using will handle about 1/2 ounce of fragrance per pound of wax, so that meant about .3 ounce of fragrance in the three candles.ut 1/2 ounce of fragrance per pound of wax, so that meant about .3 ounce of fragrance in the three candles.
    • A few drops of red candle colorant - and a tiny bit of blue if you have it
    • A bit of red craft sand
    • Melt pot, chopsticks, heat source, and lots of paper towels
    • A basic understanding of candle making safety
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  • 03 of 08

    Prepare the Wine Glasses

    Setting the wicks and adding sand
    Setting the wicks and adding sand. David Fisher

    Like with a votive or container candle, the first thing to do is prepare your containers by setting the wicks into the glasses.

    Dab a glob of hot glue onto the bottom of the wick tab and place it in the center of the wine glass. Tip: Use a soda straw to hold and place the wick.

    Carefully sprinkle a bit of the red craft sand into the glass - just enough to cover the wick tab.

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  • 04 of 08

    Melt the Gel Wax and Add the Fragrance

    Adding the fragrance to the melted gel wax
    Adding the fragrance to the melted gel wax. David Fisher

    Basic candle making safety would say to never melt candle wax over a direct heat source - to only use a double boiler setup or wax melter. However, with gel wax, there is some debate about this. Gel wax, especially the medium and high-density waxes, needs to be heated to about 220°. You can't really do that in water that boils at 212° - hence the dilemma.

    So, most folks melt it over an open heat source (I recommend a hot plate, to keep drops of gel off of your stove) - and are just very very...MORE careful and monitor the wax temperature very closely. Don't let the gel heat up to over 225°!

    Scoop and weigh out the appropriate amount of wax for your glasses and put it on to melt. Stir regularly with a chopstick. Gel wax needs to be melted slowly. Turning up the heat too high will only scorch the wax. Be patient, heat slowly, and keep stirring.

    Once the gel wax is completely melted, stir in the fragrance oil. Stir the wax and fragrance gently together for a minute or two.

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  • 05 of 08

    Add Color to the Gel Wax

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    Red gel wax needs just a tiny bit of blue. David Fisher

    Here's where your creativity comes in.

    Depending on what color wine - or effect you want to create - will determine what color you add. I wanted these to look like a light red wine, so I added about two drops of red colorant. However, with just the red color, it looked a bit too much like a cherry punch, so I added just a tiny tiny bit of blue. I didn't even use the dropper - I just dipped the tip of a toothpick into the blue dye and used that. It was just enough to give it a bit more of a...MORE burgundy color.

    If you were making "white wine" - you could use a little bit of yellow color. Be sure to take into account the color that the fragrance oil is going to add.

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  • 06 of 08

    Pour the Candle Wax into the Wine Glasses

    Pouring the gel wax into the glasses
    Pouring the gel wax into the glasses. David Fisher

    Once the gel wax is melted, colored and fragranced, you can pour the candles.

    First, very gently, pour just a tiny bit of the melted wax onto the top of the red sand. A half teaspoon or so is all you'll need to pour - just enough to cover the sand. Let this gel cool for a few minutes. This step helps keep the sand from shifting or floating when you pour the rest of the candle wax.

    Then, carefully fill the glasses with the rest of the gel wax.

    Center the wicks with chopsticks or tweezers. I'm...MORE using short votive-sized wicks here, so there isn't enough left at the top to use a wick bar or chopsticks, so I just have to monitor that the wicks stay centered as the candle is cooling.

    Note: Sorry for the blurry pic! It's hard to hold a hot pitcher of gel wax AND a camera!

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  • 07 of 08

    The Great Bubble Decision

    Gel candles in oven to remove bubbles
    Gel candles in oven to remove bubbles. David Fisher

    You've got a decision to make at this point. Chances are, you've got some bubbles in your candles. Either from a bit of air captured in the wick or sand, or just from the melted gel.

    If these were champagne candles, you'd want some bubbles, but since these are wine candles, you probably don't.

    Since these candles don't have any layers or wax embeds, the easiest way to remove the bubbles is just to put them on a cookie sheet in a warm oven - set at about 220°.

    Check on them every 15 minutes or so....MORE To get all of the bubbles out of these candles took about 1 1/2 hours.

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  • 08 of 08

    Finished Wine Glass Gel Candles

    Finished wine glass gel candles
    Finished wine glass gel candles - with a bottle of the real stuff!. David Fisher

    Now you can pour yourself a glass of real wine, and light your wine glass gel candles.

    Tie a piece of ribbon around the stem, or add a wine charm for a bit of extra adornment. 

    I love to use these in a grouped setting on the bar, or as individual candles for each person at the dinner table.