How to Prepare Candles using Empty Matcha Tins

Calling all upcyclers! If you’re anything like us, you likely have some empty tins hidden away, waiting to be repurposed because you couldn’t even bear the thought of throwing them away.

As we continue to strive towards an increasingly sustainable lifestyle, we wanted to invite our Junbi community along by introducing a brand new tutorial series on how to reuse empty matcha tins! To kick off the series, we teamed up with Marie from Green Valley Made to bring you adorable mini tin candles 🕯

Green Valley Made gives back by donating a portion of each purchase to help protect US National Parks 🌲💛 More information on their eco-friendly, hand-poured products:

Note from Marie:
You can purchase candle wax from any arts and crafts store! You can also buy candle making kits that come with everything you need.


Active Time: 20-30 min | Total Time: 4-5 hours

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

3 ounces wax of choice per tin (we used a soy & coconut wax blend for smooth tops)
Fragrance oil of choice (we used Very Vanilla)
Candle wick 
Wick sticker, hot glue, or extra wax to attach wick
Wick bar (or anything to hold wick in the center, like a pen or a clothes pin)

HERE’S HOW IT’S DONE:

Step 1: CLEAN YOUR TIN

Clean out your tin with soap and water, then dry it off or allow to air dry.

Step 2: ATTACH THE WICK

Once completely dry, attach a wick to the center of the tin with a wick sticker, hot glue, or melted wax.

Step 3: FILL POT W/ WATER

To begin melting your wax, fill a pot with 1-2 inches of water.

Step 4: ADD WAX TO PITCHER

Add your candle wax to your pitcher (or other heat resistant container).

Step 5: MELT THE WAX

Set your pitcher of wax on top of the water and turn your burner on to medium-low, allowing the water to come to a simmer. As the water heats up, steam will gently melt your wax.
Heat your wax until it reaches 185°F

Step 6: ADD FRAGRANCE OIL

Once the wax reaches 185°F, remove from the stove and add your fragrance oil. Mix the wax and fragrance oil slowly for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy how amazing it smells already 🥰 then allow it to cool to 135°F.
Note: Marie recommends adding 5-12% fragrance oil to wax, depending on how strong you'd like the scent to be. We used 12%, which is 0.36 oz fragrance oil  per tin.

Step 7: TIME TO POUR!

At 135°F, it's ready to pour your wax! Pour slowly into the tin(s) up to the line.

Step 8: CURE & CUT WICK

Allow the candle to cure (or sit) at room temperature for a few hours. Once the wax has firmed up, cut the wick ¼ of an inch.

Step 9: DECORATE & LIGHT

Now your candle is ready to be lit! Feel free to add your own personal touch by decorating with twine, charms, stickers, etc.
Thank you so matcha for tuning into our blog! We hope you enjoy this tutorial and would love to see your renditions on Instagram. Be sure to tag @greenvalleymade @preparejunbi to show us the tin candles you made from home!

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