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Make your own rosemary lavender Candle.

Pinterest is one of my favorite places to find DIY candle ideas.  Im stocking up on ideas for my holiday gifts.  Every year my two best friends make these amazing bath salts as my gift.  I thought seeing as I love candles so much making my own might be a fun idea.

What you will need:

  • 4 cups of soy wax or bees wax.  I don’t recommend paraffin wax as it has too many chemicals.
  • 2 wicks with the metal base
  • 2 tbsp of lavendar oil 
  • 2 tbsp of rosemary oil 
  • 2 glass jars 
  • Double boiler 
  • Cloths pin 
  • 8 stems of lavendar (optional)
  • 2 stems of rosemary (optional)

Melt the wax in the double boiler and add both essential oils on low.

While your waiting set up your glass jars with the wick.  Make sure to hold in place with the cloths pin.  

It is optional to add the stems of lavendar and rosemary whole to the jar.  I think it gives and added touch I like.  Then pour wax in the jar until 3/4 full. Then let the wax set before removing the cloths pin and cutting the wick.

I think seeing the whole lavendar and rosemary will look beautiful inside this candle.  Hope you enjoy.

Make your own teacup candles.

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Things you will need:

  • teacup and saucer
  • wick
  • hot glue gun and hot glue
  • pencil or drinking straw
  • Candle wax (5-8 oz)
  • double boiler
  • wooden spoon
  • liquid dye (optional)
  • essential oil (optional)
  • scissors

Step 1. 

Dab some hot glue on the bottom of the wick and glue it inside the bottom center of the teacup. Straighten the wick, roll the excess length around a pencil or straw and balance the pencil or straw on the rim of the cup.

Glue the wick to the bottom of the teacup and wrap the excess length around a pencil or drinking straw.

step 2. 

Cut up your block of wax (if necessary) so that it will fit inside the large mason jar. Some wax comes in chips or flakes, in which case you will just need to measure the amount needed. You’ll need between 5 to 8 ounces of wax, depending on the size of your teacup.

Cut the wax up if necessary to fit inside the jar.

Step 3.

Fill a saucepan with an inch of water and bring it to a boil. Place the large mason jar in the boiling water and place the wax inside the jar. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the wax is completely melted, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Melt wax in a double boiler.

Step 4.

Take the wax off the heat, add a few drops of liquid dye and stir. Continue adding liquid dye a few drops at a time until the wax is your desired color. If you’d like to add a fragrance to the candle, add several drops of essential oil to the melted wax and stir.

Add liquid dye and essential oil to the melted wax.

Step 5.

Pour the melted wax into the teacup, leaving about 1/4 inch of room at the top.

Pour the melted wax into the teacup.

Leave 1/4 inch of room at the top of the cup.

Step 6.

Allow the wax to cool for at least 30 to 40 minutes.

Let the wax cool for about 40 minutes.

Step 7.

Unravel the wick from the pencil or straw and trim it to 1/2 inch.

Trim the wick to 1/2 inch.

Place the finished teacup candle on the saucer and give it as a gift it to any of your tea-loving friends or family. You could secure the cup and saucer together with ribbon, or place them upright in a large see-through bag tied with ribbon.

Put the teacup on a mismatched saucer for vintage charm.

These candles make and elegant and beautiful handmade gift.  Great for birthdays and Christmas or just to say I love you.  Be sure to give this fun one a try.

Bring the beach home and make your own tea lights.

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I discovered another great pinterest find.  What a great idea if you live by the ocean.  A full day of fun.  You can go out and pick out your favorite shells then come home and make super affordable tea lights.

You can buy bags of tea lights at the dollar store.  you could also use a wick-less candle warmer to melt your tea lights too.  If you love candles as much as I do you will have one around.  If not don’t fret.  Put the tea lights in a thick bottom pot on the burner on the lowest setting.  **be sure to keep a close eye on the tea lights**

These would make a super fun gift or decoration for your house.  If you have a patio they would be great right around dusk on a railing while you enjoy the sunset.  The opportunities are endless with these one of a kind tea lights.

Make your own bug repellent candle.

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I found this super fun do it yourself candle on Pinterest.  I cant wait to try it out. All you need is:

1.) A mason jar

2.)boiling water

3.) Lemon

4.)rosemary

5.)lavender

6.)thyme.

7.)Citronella oil

8.)cinnamon stick

9.) floating candle

This candle is super easy to do.  You just add all the ingredients and put mason jar lid on and shake.  Then let everything steep for 5 minutes.  unscrew the lid and add the floating candle.  Light and enjoy.

Up-cycling

June 25/2016
 
Here is a wonderful example of how you can up-cycle your JIC jars after your candle is gone.  I think this looks amazing.

 

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