DIY Coffee Bean Candles

diy-coffee-bean-candles Here's the sitch: you buy your favorite gourmet coffee beans, enjoy them for a while, but when you get to the end of the bag, there's a handful of beans left over. It's not enough to make another pot, but they smell so good, so you don't just want to throw them out... What's a coffee lover to do?

Make some candles of course!

Smell is one of my favorite things about coffee, and candles are one of my favorite things about life, so it only makes sense that eventually the two should mingle. I've been wanting to try this project for a long time, and I couldn't be happier with the result! They smell so delicious and homey, like a hot cup of coffee on a chilly fall day (because that's sort of what today feels like, honestly).

So, first things first, ingredients:

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-Beeswax or other candle wax (tip: if you don't have any beezwax pellets laying around, you can recycle old candles that are nearing the end of their life.... but be sure to mix and match scents carefully, otherwise you could be in for an unpleasant smell) -Coffee beans -Double boiler or microwave safe container (I just used a glass mixing bowl) -Containers for the candles (I used these little jars, but bonus points if you use old coffee cups - rummage around in your kitchen for cute containers, or hit up the local dollar store or thrift shop) -Wicks or string (if you just use regular string, make sure to coat it in wax so it will burn properly!) -Essential oils (optional) -Vanilla extract (optional)


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1. Add your wax into the microwave safe container or the double boiler and melt. If using the microwave, I would suggest going in increments of one minute until you've got a good idea of how long it will take.

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2. Once the wax is melted, glue your wick to the bottom of the container (or hold it in place using your hands or a spoon contraption like the one I used).

3. Pour a layer of wax in and add some coffee beans and some essential oils, if so desired. I was afraid the coffee beans themselves wouldn't give off enough fragrance so I added cinnamon essential oil and vanilla extract to amp it up.

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4. Add more wax and coffee beans, then stir it around to mix them up.

5. (Optional) I was curious what the difference would be between ground coffee and coffee beans, so for the second one I made, I ground up a handful and added it into the mixture along with the coffee beans.

6. Wait for them to cool. If you're not going anywhere (and you don't have a mischievous cat who likes to knock things over) you can set them on a table or counter to cool, but if you're impatient like I am, you can stick them in the freezer for 20 minutes or so to expedite the solidifying process.

7. Pour yourself a nice cup of joe, light up your new candles, and get to relaxing!

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I'm really happy with mine, but if I did it again, I wouldn't use beeswax - I'm not a huge fan of the yellow color. Otherwise, though, I love them!