fueled by the craft

Let’s get crafty.

Let’s get crafty.

In our ongoing STEM series — that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — Valero shows kids how to have thought-provoking fun using a few crafty materials and sheer brain power. Check it out!


And seeing how March is National Craft Month, we thought it was time for adults to get their hands dirty. Plus, let’s be honest, your place could use a little aesthetic awesomeness.

One of the trendiest DIY projects of the season is making decorative and aromatic Mason jar oil candles. These candles are luminous and long-lasting. As you’ll soon see, one tablespoon of oil can burn for about two hours.

Not only do they burn well and look cool, but these Mason jar oil candles are different than wax candles because in the event they get knocked over, the flame is immediately extinguished by the oil and water.

Still — please — never leave your candle unattended!

DIY Candles

We’ll use essential oils to provide the scent, filling our jars with plastic and vinyl plants, fruits and flowers that suggest the same fragrances. OK, here’s what you’re going to need:

Large floating wicks

Vegetable oil (1 tablespoon lasts 2 hours)

Mason jars


Select essential oils

Decorative elements that align with the essential oils, such as plastic flowers, fruits and leaves

Decorative ribbon or rope for the outside

Glue gun


How to do it:

  • Select the artificial flowers and fruit you’d like to use for decoration and cut pieces that will fill the container, leaving an inch of room below the rim of the jar.
  • Use a glue gun to secure the plastic, vinyl or rubber fruit, flowers and leaves into place.
  • Decorate the outside of your jar with ribbons, rope or anything else you think looks cool.
  • Once the glue is dry, fill the container with water, fully covering all the material inside, but be sure to leave an inch of room at the top of the mason jar.
  • Add a few drops of corresponding essential oil into the water.
  • Pour in a ¼ inch of vegetable oil on top of the water.
  • Place the floating wick on top of the oil.
  • Light and enjoy.