Transform your favorite mug into an adorable soy candle in an interactive candle-making class, which teaches you everything you need to know to make soy candles. The session is led by experienced candle-maker Jess Snively, creator of Milton and Margie’s Soy Wax Candles. She started her business in 2008 selling candles at local craft fairs. Today, you can find her candles at major retailers such as Target and in boutiques throughout the nation.
Throughout the process, you’ll learn the nuances of scent theory (complete with a take-home guide) and you will create your own signature fragrance from a blend of scented soy-based oils. Jess supplies eclectic oils with options ranging from floral (e.g., Lavender and Juniper) to natural (e.g., Cedar and Eucalyptus) and sweet (e.g., Buttercream and Fudge Brownie) to rugged (e.g., Leather).
All the supplies are provided, including wax and fragrance oils. You can bring your own container or purchase one on-site. You’ll get 1 lb. of wax, and depending on the size of your container(s), you’ll leave with 1–2 completed candles. (For reference, 16 oz. will perfectly fill a container the size of a standard can of veggies.)
Jess has poured candles in nearly everything that can be described as a “container”—quirkier finds have included a glass cowboy boot, vintage egg cup, honey bear jar, and mug that says “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”—so feel free to go on a thrift-shopping spree before class.
To help fuel your creative process, the cocktails will be flowing freely!
|Materials to bring||
Bring your own containers or buy one onsite.
|What will be provided||
I'll provide all the materials for making the candles and have a small selection of containers that you can purchase for $2 each. And, of course, I'll bring the cocktails!
1955 W. Chicago Ave.,Chicago, IL, 60622
Kayla H.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
Very fun and informative class! Cozy location, good hot toddies, and good instruction.
Jenna H.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
This class was so much fun and very informative. I would highly recommend taking it if you are interested. The teacher was very knowledgeable, helpful, and super sweet.
Alyxandra W.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
I purchased this class for my mom and I to take as part of a retirement gift for her. We both really enjoyed the class and the instructor, Jess. And our candles smell amazing!
Jackie M.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
I highly recommend taking this candle-making course with Jessica! The class was fun and relaxing. You also learn how easy it is to make a candle. Jessica provides a wide array of scents for you to choose from and clearly explains each step of candle making. She also makes really good hot toddy drinks. The Paperish Mess store is really cool and I ended up buying a few things. FYI -- if you are one of the students, you get 10% off your Paperish Mess purchase. Great class!!
Tina M.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy this class since I'm not very good at crafty things, but I ended up having a lot of fun. The candles were very easy to make with step by step instructions given. There's a big variety of scents to choose from so your candle can smell however you want. Mine turned out looking beautiful and the hot toddies were a nice complement to the class. Highly recommend.
Judith W.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
Learned about soy candle making and definitely enjoyed the hot toddies!!
I enjoyed Jessica's energy as she guided us during the candle making process.
Would take this class again and bring a friend!!!
Lisa J.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
We had a great experience making soy candles and drinking hot toddies with Jess! Paperish Mess was an awesome location for the class - we all left with little trinkets from the store (10% off for class attendees!). The class itself was fun. We learned about soy wax and the benefits to burning soy candles vs. other types of wax. We loved picking the oils and mixing them to create our own signature scents!
Jenna D.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
Really great class. Jess is awesome and was very helpful and willing to answer any and all questions. Hot toddys were also a plus. Love the candles we made
Vanessa B.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
I really liked this class and came away with two beautiful candles. Lots f good info given and I feel confident making my own candles at home now with this new information.
Audra S.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
I had great time! The instructor was energetic, nice and enthusiastic. She explained and answered every question. The people were all very nice also. I would definitely recommend taking this class as well as doing it again myself. I love my candle!
Bobbi N.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
So much fun and super inspiring!
Ambreen K.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
I had a great time making candles. The technique was well-taught and I learnt a lot in addition to having fun! The hot toddies were such a pleasant touch. I loved it!
Janine M.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
This is the second time I've taken this class because I love it so much! Wonderful teacher, really informative, and I appreciated learning the science behind pairing scents to put in candles. Love the little store the class is in, and the adult beverages during the class were a really nice touch. Would definitely take it again!
Abby G.Make Soy Candles and Drink Cocktails
Came with friends and had a blast. Creating the fragrance for the candle was really fun and we learned a lot.
Jessica Snively is the hand-maker behind Chicago-based candle company, Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles. She started her crafty business in 2008, but has been obsessively crafting since childhood. The Minnesota native loves all things DIY and hanging out with her many pets.