Scented candles are incredibly popular at the moment, but can also be very expensive for long-lasted, heavily scented soy versions. I love ones by True Grace, Diptyque, Tom Dixon, Kenneth Turner and the Cowshed -but they come at a hefty price tag, especially as I burn them constantly.
So I decided to make my own for a change, and have discovered it is REALLY SIMPLE and they smell AMAZING!!!
I wanted to make a variety of candles in both rich floral and then more musky scents, and they have come out very well. They also work out so much cheaper than buying ready made scented candles. 1kg of wax costs approximately £7, and from that I made 5 candles, and reused old candle pots and a cup and saucer set. I had a few bottles of essential oils lying around already, and you can get 5 bottle of candle fragrance oil for £5 roughly online. Wicks are about £1 for 10. have worked it out to be around £2.60 per candle, a lot better than the £28 upwards costs of my usual candle purchases!
Here is what you will need:
- 1kg soy wax flakes. I used Kerawax 4015 as it has a good scent throw and adheres well to glass containers.
- Essential Oils or specific Fragrance Oil for candle making. I like to mix my scents up as I am making the candles, so have a variety of both.
- Candle wicks with metal bases
- Glue Dots
- Wooden sticks
- Metal container
- Large Saucepan
- Glass Containers (but china also works well).
Today I have been looking back at last years blogging, sometimes done a bit intermittently I must admit, and noticed that the most popular posts always seem to be the DIY ones, so here is a round up of the ones that still get the most hits, and I only hope that as a result there are many Ikea hacks, Plaster Flowers and No-sew curtain pelmets floating out there now! More DIY ideas coming soon as I tackle a spare bedroom in the coming months.
Click on the photos to take you to the posts and tutorials…
DIY Plaster of Paris Flowers
No-Sew Curtain pelmets
Ikea Hack Bookcase
Ikea Hacked Bookcase
Slate Effect Painted Fireplace
Moppe Drawer Makeovers
Using Moppe drawers as wall art
To continue on from my last post of vintage paper Christmas decorations, I have been adding old sheet music paper to ready-made basic shop purchased wood shape decorations, plus also creating 3D paper ornaments.
revamping old decorations:
For the wooden decorations, I really simply added shapes cut from old musical scores:
With a plain wooden decoration I simply added torn up strips of old paper glued on with Modge Podge:
And hey presto:
3D paper Decorations DIY:
Finally, I made some 3D decorations which are really simple:
- Cut 8 identically sized circles/shapes. Fold all in half with a strong crease in the middle.
- Glue one 1/2 side to the next piece, work your way all around until you have 2 pieces left to glue.
- Add a ribbon and glue shut. Here is a really simple video tutorial on how to make them in case the above makes no sense!
Very simple, but very sweet I think….
I shall be trying all sorts of shapes now. In fact my children had better keep busily moving about or I may decoupage them….