DIY: Glitter Pumpkin Candles

DIY: Glitter Pumpkin Candles  #autumn #fallcrafts

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year to make things. There’s something about the crisp autumn breeze that makes me want to spend an afternoon with a hot cup of tea and a craft project. I’ve been collecting small pumpkins for the past few weeks and drawing inspiration from this post by Hello Natural, I decided to make my own pumpkin candles.

DIY: Glitter Pumpkin Candles  #autumn #fallcrafts

Supplies Needed

• Small pumpkins
• Soy wax flakes
• #2 candle wick
• Wick tabs
• 30 drops clove essential oil (optional)
• Glitter

Additional Tools

• Carving knife
• Spoon
• Pliers
• Tin can (or double boiler)
• Popsicle stick
• Clothes pins
• Scissors

Cut the top off of each pumpkin and use a spoon to scrape out the insides.

DIY: Glitter Pumpkin Candles  #autumn #fallcrafts

Prep your wick with metal tabs (alternatively you could also use pre-tabbed wicks). Cut the wick to size and insert it through the metal tab with the end of of the wick lining up to the bottom of the tab. Use pliers to pinch the metal tab tightly around the wick. Place into the center of each pumpkin. Use a clothespin to hold the wick into place.

DIY: Glitter Pumpkin Candles  #autumn #fallcrafts

Using a double broiler, melt soy wax flakes over medium heat. Use a popsicle stick to stir the wax. Once completely melted, add the essential oil (optional).

DIY: Glitter Pumpkin Candles  #autumn #fallcrafts

Pour melted wax into the prepared pumpkins. Allow wax to dry almost completely, then sprinkle glitter over the top. Use a hairdryer to ‘hot top’ the glittered wax. The wax should remelt slightly and allow the glitter to set on the top. Allow to dry completely and trim wicks.

DIY: Glitter Pumpkin Candles  #autumn #fallcrafts

Simple as that! Now you can light them up and enjoy a hot cup of pumpkin spice.

DIY: Glitter Pumpkin Candles  #autumn #fallcrafts

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights #candles #gift #favor
I’m sure I’m not the only person out there with a washi tape obsession. I just love collecting all the different colors and patterns. I decided it was time to start using my collection and started researching some fun craft projects on Pinterest. I stumbled across this post and wanted to try it out. Not only is it a budget-friendly project, decorating the tea lights is so easy and fun! These would look beautiful placed in small tea light holders and scattered along a dinner table. You could also package them up to give as little favors for any type of occasion.

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights #candles #gift #favor

Supplies Needed:

• Washi tape (choose a few colors to match your theme)
• Tea light candles
• Scissors
Small organza gift bags

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights #candles #gift #favor
Simply wrap the washi tape carefully around the metal tea light holder. If the tape is too thick, make small cuts with scissors around the bottom and then fold the excess down and round the bottom of the candle.

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights #candles #gift #favor
DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights #candles #gift #favor
If you want to give these as small gifts and favors, you can insert three decorated tea lights into small organza bags.

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DIY: Heart Soy Candles

DIY: Heart Soy Candles #tutorial #handmade #candlemaking
Candle making is a new craft I’ve picked up in the past year or so. It’s been a fun, but very trial and error process as is the case when learning any new skill. But after a few tries I think I’ve finally got the hang of it! I’m also lucky to work for a local company that makes candles, so I have a great resource for all my questions about the process.

I treated myself to a heart-shape silicone mold this month (since it’s February and the theme of our DIY Challenge). Inspired by this photo by Beauty Spot, I decided to try making my own heart soy candles. I scented them with a blend of essential oils meant to balance the heart chakra.

Supplies Needed:

Silicone heart mold (I used Wilton’s)
Soy wax flakes
#2 wick
Wick tabs
Glue Dots
• Essential Oils (I chose Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Rose Geranium)

DIY: Heart Soy Candles #tutorial #handmade #candlemaking
DIY: Heart Soy Candles #tutorial #handmade #candlemaking

Special Tools:

• Pliers
• Tin can (or double boiler)
• Popsicle stick
• Clothes pins
• Scissors

DIY: Heart Soy Candles #tutorial #handmade #candlemaking

To start you want to prep your wick with metal tabs (alternatively you could also use pre-tabbed wicks). Cut your wick to size and insert it through the metal tab with the end of of the wick lining up to the bottom of the tab. Use pliers to pinch the metal tab tightly around the wick.

DIY: Heart Soy Candles #tutorial #handmade #candlemaking

Next place a glue dot onto the bottom of the wick tab, then place it into the center of the heart mold.

DIY: Heart Soy Candles #tutorial #handmade #candlemaking

Use a double boiler or make one by placing a tin can into a saucepan filled with water. Over medium heat, pour wax flakes into the tin can one cup at a time. Use a popsicle stick to stir the wax. Once melted completely, add in about 20 drops of essential oils. I used 8 drops lavender, 8 drops ylang ylang, 4 drops rose geranium.

DIY: Heart Soy Candles #tutorial #handmade #candlemaking

Carefully pour the melted wax into the molds and use a clothespin to hold the wick in place. Let dry for about 1 hour or until completely hard.

DIY: Heart Soy Candles #tutorial #handmade #candlemaking

Trim the wicks with scissors, then carefully remove the candles from the silicone mold.

DIY: Heart Soy Candles #tutorial #handmade #candlemaking

On Saturday we had friends over for dinner and I displayed two of my candles in small bowls at the dinner table for decoration. I’m so happy these turned out perfectly and can’t wait to make more to give as gifts!

DIY: Heart Soy Candles #tutorial #handmade #candlemaking

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

I love coming up with creative handmade gifts every year for Christmas. I first saw this idea for cookie-cutter candles on PopSugar.com and knew I wanted to try making some. My mom has TONS of cookie cutters, so I sorted through them, picked out my favorite holiday shapes and got to work.

WHAT YOU NEED:

• Metal cookie cutters
• Beeswax
• Crayons (optional)
• Metal-tabbed tea-light wicks
• Small saucepan
• Clean tin soup can
• Aluminum Foil
• Masking Tape
• Craft sticks (for stirring)

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

To turn a cookie cutter into a mold, you must first run masking tape along the edge of the cutter, snip the corners with scissors, and fold the tape outward so that the cutter sits flat on the foil.

Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water, then fill the clean tin can with beeswax and place the can into the saucepan creating a double boiler. Over medium heat, bring the water to a simmer and watch the wax as it melts using a craft stick to stir. If you’d like to add a color to your wax simply drop in a piece of crayon in your desired color.

Tip: If you want to make multiple color candles at once, use a different tin can for each color. You can fit 2-3 cans in the saucepan at once, melting all the wax simultaneously.

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

Place a metal-tabbed tea light wick at the center of each cookie cutter, then begin pouring your wax into each one. You’ll notice in the photo above that some of the wax leaked out of the tree cookie-cutter. This can happy very easily. I recommend pushing down on the cookie cutter while pouring the wax.

Tip: Pour a thin layer of wax into the bottom of each cookie cutter and let cool for a few minutes. Then fill them up the rest of the way. This will help prevent the wax from leaking out of the cookie cutter.

If the wax does escape, simply let it cool and break it apart. Then put it back into your tin can and melt the wax again.

Once the wax has completely cooled (1/2 to 2 hours), remove the masking tape and pop them out of their cookie cutters or you can leave them as is.

Tip: If you have trouble getting your candle to pop out of the cookie cutter, place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until they pop out easily.

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

I just love how my candles turned out and I can’t wait to give them as gifts this year! What are you making this year?

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade

This summer I’ve fallen in love with growing fresh herbs in my garden and finding creative ways to harvest and use them. My favorite herb by far has been lavender. I’ve made my own eye pillows and sachets, and even lavender lemonade and cookies. Now that it’s officially fall, I’m still finding ways to keep my lavender-love going. Inspired by this post from the Free People Blog, I decided to make my own Pressed Herb Candles using lavender and chocolate mint from my garden.

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade

Since the pressed herbs are more for decoration rather than scent, I added in my favorite essential oil, Lavandin (a cross between true lavender and spike lavender). I can’t get over how beautiful these candles turned out and I love filling my home with the sweet scent of lavender even after summer has ended.

Supplies Needed:

• Glass jars
• 1 block of beeswax (I used 1 1/2 blocks to make two candles)
• Wick
• Pressed flowers or herbs (100% dry)
• Clean empty tin can and a saucepan
• 1 old paintbrush (you can throw away afterwards)
• An old knife
• Cutting board

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade

TIP: Make sure you use the correct size wick for your jar! If you don’t your candle won’t burn properly (I learned this the hard way). Be sure to ask someone when you are buying the wick to advise you on the correct size.

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade

For full instructions, visit the Free People Blog.

DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade
DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade
DIY: Pressed Herb Candles #gift #handmade

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles #outdoor #candle #centerpiece #party

This simple craft is perfect for summertime and can make for pretty outdoor centerpieces for a backyard get-together. I first discovered this idea on Nest of Posies blog and knew I had to try it. The ingredients are simple and easy to find at my local grocery stores, plus I used fresh herbs from my garden!

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles #outdoor #candle #centerpiece #party

Summer Citronella Candles

• Mason jars
• Floating candles
• Lemons and limes
• Citronella essential oil (I found mine at Whole Foods)
• Fresh herbs
• Twine or ribbon

To assemble my candles, I first sliced up the lemons and limes. The fruit will float in the jar, so I recommend adding them in last. Place your fresh herbs in each jar (I used rosemary, lemon thyme, lavender and chamomile from my garden). Fill the jar about half way with water and add about 10 drops of citronella oil to the herb and water mixture. Next, add in the sliced citrus and fill the jar the rest of the way up with water. Finally I added the floating candle and tied a piece of twine around each jar.

Place one or two candles at each table of your next outdoor party!

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles #outdoor #candle #centerpiece #party