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DIY Candle Making Tutorial

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love candles! I saw a Pinterest post a while ago about how to make your own candles and wanted to try it myself (you can see the blog post “DIY Survival Candles” here).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • soy wax flakes
  • wicks
  • glass jars
  • wooden chop sticks, not pulled apart
  • a crayon or two of your desired color(s)
  • candle scents in a flavor of your choice

I looked up a few of the closest craft stores and called around to see who had soy wax flakes and wicks, etc. It turned out a local soap shop had everything I needed. Before buying wax and wicks do some research or ask the shopkeeper which ones are compatible. My first candles would burn out because the wax didn’t burn as quickly as the wick, and the opposite can also be a problem.

When I bought the soy wax flakes I way overestimated how much I would need. Start small and if you want to make more get more — to start you probably don’t need more than a pound. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Set up jars and center wicks in them, keeping them stable by pinching the top part of the wick between the chopsticks and setting the chopsticks over the opening of the jar (see picture).

    You'll notice the chopsticks are broken in this picture -- it is much easier if they are not broken apart.

    You’ll notice the chopsticks are broken in this picture — it is much easier if they are not broken apart.

  2. Melt the wax. You can do this in one of two ways. Melt the crayon and soy wax flakes in a double broiler or equivalent (a small pot set into a bigger pot filled with water over the stove), or you can put it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for two minute intervals until it is completely melted. Try to use a pan or container that you dont care about too much; the wax will come off, but it takes some work. A note on the crayon: you only need about half a stick per pound, give or take, mix it in once everything is melted.

    Use a double broiler (or equivalent) or a microwave-safe container to melt the wax in.

    Use a double broiler (or equivalent) or a microwave-safe container to melt the wax in.

  3. Once all is melted and the desired color, add in the candle scent and stir.
  4. Pour the wax into the jars, leaving a little extra wax for later, and set them somewhere safe to dry. Once they have dried you may notice there is an indentation around the wick. Reheat the remaining wax and pour it into the jar and let dry.
    Notice the indentations around the wick.

    Notice the indentations around the wick.

    I didn't think to leave any extra wax mixture left over to fill the indentations, so I had to use plain soy wax to fill them up, which is why it looks white and milky on top.

    I didn’t think to leave any extra wax mixture left over to fill the indentations, so I had to use plain soy wax to fill them up, which is why it looks white and milky on top.

  5. Trim the wick and enjoy your home made candle!

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I’m going to be publishing another post about how to recycle candles by making new ones out of old ones. I’ve had a lot of luck with it, so stay tuned!

Cheers,

Laina

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DIY Lavender Bath Salts

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Do it yourself lavender bath salt

For Christmas last year I made various jar gifts, including Mocha Cocoa Mix, Sugar & Spice Face & Body Scrub, and Lavender Bath Salts. These projects were all pretty easy and fun to do, as well as wonderful gifts for yourself and others! Just add the lavender bath salts to your bath, or even to a foot soak, and soak in the luxury!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup dried lavender (or other yummy-smelling dried herb/flower)
  • 5 drops essential oil (I didn’t have any so I used vanilla extract)

Directions:

  1. Mix the salts and Lavender together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the essential oils one drop at a time, mixing well between each drop.
  3. Store in a jar. You can use a mason jar or a recycled glass jar (such as an old jam or salsa jar).
  4. To use, add as much as you desire to bath water (a few tablespoons should do the trick).

This recipe only yields a little less than a cup and a half. For gifts, I needed to fill ten one-cup mason jars. If you need a larger yield, here are the measurements for ten cups of lavender bath salts:

  • 4 cups sea salt
  • 4 cups epsom salt
  • 2 cups lavender
  • 1/2 teaspoon essential oil

Happy bathing/gifting!

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Trash or Treasure?

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I’ve created a new “Tips” tab, where I’ll be posting tips for crafting. So far, I’ve posted “Trash or Treasure?” ideas, sharing what I save and why. I’ll be adding to the list as I think of more things! Hope it is helpful 🙂

Trash or Treasure? Here is a list of things I keep and store in my craft supplies instead of tossing:

  • The “hanger” straps inside tops and dresses. If they are made out of ribbon I cut them off the shirt and put them in my ribbon jar.
  • Glass jars & their lids. Salsa, pickles, jam… They’re just as good as mason jars and sometimes come with fun shapes or designs!
  • Old maps or atlases. You can do tons of different crafts with these, and they look so fun, too!
  • Old loofas. You can toss them in the wash (but not the dryer!) and cut them apart to use as netting or decoration.
  • Fun greeting cards. You can cut out and use the front of the Thank You/Birthday/Sympathy card to make a new one!
  • Packing Peanuts. I once made a bean bag chair and filled it up with packing peanuts (My work had a bunch of garbage bags full)! Much cheaper than buying the big filler bags at the store.
  • Wire, twine, string. I keep usable lengths in a big jar (Here’s where an empty pickle jar can come in handy!).
  • Old, broken crayons. They are great for coloring candles, or making those fun melted crayon on canvas projects. You can even melt them down in muffin tins or molds to make new, shaped crayons.
  • Magazines. One of my favorite things to do is decoupage!
  • Strips of cloth. After sewing I always have small strips of cloth that I put in a jar next to my sewing machine. These can come in handy for many a craft project!
  • Old silverware. You can bend them into all sorts of shapes (rings, hooks, bracelets) or make a wind chime out of them.
  • Candle wax. I always save that little bit that won’t burn anymore and save it in a jar until I can get a new wick and melt it all down to make a new candle. You can also put your “excess wax” jar on a “no flame” candle burner.

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