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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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The “Bored?” Jar: What to do when you have nothing to do

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The "Bored?" Jar

The “Bored?” Jar

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been sitting around at home with a friend or boyfriend and one or both of us suddenly gets the urge to go and do something. But what? We will never have to sit around brainstorming unsuccessfully ever again. I give you, The Bored? Jar!

For this craft I combined some ideas from a couple of blogs for date night plans (Six Sisters’ Stuff & Life in the Green house). This jar of activities is great for friends, couples or just yourself.

Supplies for The "Bored?" Jar: What to do when you have nothing to do!

What you’ll need to make The “Bored?” Jar

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • 1 Jar (I used an old ranch dressing jar with the label taken off)
  • 3 sharpies in different colors
  • 1 black ultra fine tip sharpie
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Label (optional)

The Bored? Jar:

  1. To start, put your popsicle sticks in the jar so it’s full but not stuffed, make sure you can still easily grab one from the jar.
  2. Get your three colored sharpies and black sharpie handy. Each color will signify a category: cost money, go somewhere, or stay home. Decide what each color will signify. I used green for cost money, purple for go out, and pink for stay home.
  3. Go through the following list. Before you write down the activity on the popsicle stick, decide what category it falls under (i.e. “Make breakfast & eat in bed” would fall under stay home, so I colored the tip of my popsicle stick pink). Color the tip of the popsicle stick the corresponding color and then use the black sharpie to write the activity down. Replace the popsicle stick, color tip up, in the jar and keep going!
  4. Once you get to the end of the list, cut some ribbon to the correct size and tie it around the jar.
  5. Using a label or piece of paper, write “Bored?” on it and attach it to the jar. If you like, add what the color categories mean.
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The “Bored?” Jar: what to do when you have nothing to do!

If you have extra popsicle sticks, add things you like to do or take the extras out. Keep some blank ones handy so you can add activity ideas as you think of them. Once you use one you can turn it upside down so you go through each one, or just replace it color tip up. Now you will never be bored with nothing to do again!

Here’s the list of activities:

Stay Home:

  • Find a recipe you’ve never tried and cook it together
  • Make indoor smores and read/tell campfire/scary stories
  • Wii Game night
  • Make Muddy Buddies
  • Make ice cream sundaes
  • Have a spa/pamper night
  • Have a game night
  • Make breakfast and eat in bed
  • Play 20 questions
  • Make chocolate fondue
  • TV show marathon
  • Make a new dessert recipe together
  • Have a living room camp out
  • Make home made pizzas
  • Read together
  • Stargaze
  • Have a movie marathon

Go out:

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The “Bored?” Jar: What to do when you have nothing to do!

  • Go on a hike
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Go to a park
  • Go to a local car dealership and test drive a car
  • Try a new sport
  • Take a drive, see some beautiful scenery
  • Make a picnic
  • Be a tourist in you own city (cheesy pictures and all!)
  • Take a free factory tour
  • Pick a theme and center everything for the rest of the day around it
  • Fly kites
  • Exercise together
  • Go to a local book store & look at photography books together

Cost money:

  • Dress up and go to a new place for drinks
  • Restaurant hop: go to a new restaurant for each course
  • Go skating or rollerblading
  • Go to the arcade
  • Go out for ice crem
  • Drive-in dinner/movie
  • Go for a swim, or hot tubbing
  • Visit the zoo or go see wild life
  • Have a coupon date
  • Go to a local fair or carnival
  • Go to a local sporting event
  • Go to a thrift store, pick out funny outfits for each other
  • Go see a play or comedy show
  • Go bowling
  • Take lessons
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Desert only date
  • Go carts
  • Visit a bakery and pick out a treat
  • Check out a local museum
  • Go find yard sales, treasure hunt
  • Laser tag

Happy un-boredom!

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