5 Candle Gift Ideas Anyone Would Love

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Candles can be the perfect gift to give away, especially during the Holidays. However, store-bought specialty candles may not be the most ideal gifts because they tend to be expensive. With some creativity and dedication, you can make a candle gift set yourself! So, here are 5 Candle gift Ideas that anyone would love to receive this holiday season:

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  1. DIY Floral Candles

Gather some colourful flower petals. Dip a few of the petals to the melted wax and stick the petals to the surface of the glass. Let it cool for a bit and add the rest of the wax. As you reach the top, place a few more petals before pouring the final thin coat of wax to finish. This will give you beautifully colored candles which would look good in a set.

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  1. DIY Ice Crystal Candle Holder

Pour Epsom salt into a small bowl and add a few drops of food coloring into the bowl. Mix them all together and lay the salt on a clean piece of paper. Spray a good coat of spray adhesive to a mason jar. Roll the jar in the salt spread and make sure to cover as much of the surface as you can. Spray a coat of sealer once you’re done and let it dry thoroughly.

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  1. DIY Crystal Candle Holders

Using tacky glue, stick marbles or big crystals around the edges of an old CD. Pile the marbles or crystals upward, still going all the way around the CD, until you reach the desired height. Remember to leave a space at the center of the CD  for the candle. Now, be amazed at your candle’s extra sheen!

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  1. DIY Colorful votives

Use small cut outs of your favourite shapes on colourful Japanese paper. Gently stick these colourful cut outs all the way around the glass surface of the candle votive using mod podge (or a glue-and-water solution). Layer another thin coat of mod podge to seal all the cut outs and let it dry for a few hours before placing the candle.

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  1. DIY Sea Shell Candles

Clean out the sea shells you collected and add melted paraffin wax, about halfway in depth. Add the wick and let it dry. Trim off the excess wick and make 3-5 more sea shell candles to make a gift set.

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How To Make Tea Cup Candles

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Looking to add some stylish flair to your plain and boring room? Make this cute DIY project that is guaranteed to give a whimsical vibe without over stretching your budget. Here’s how to make cute tea cup candles:

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What you will need:

  • A few porcelain tea cups (thrift shops are packed with loads of them!)
  • Wax ( soy wax is highly recommended as it burns without smoke but paraffin or beeswax work well too. You can also melt old candles to re use the wax)
  • Wax wicks
  • Wooden skewers
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  • Candle-making dyes and scents or essential oils (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Double-boiler ( or a can/smaller pot inside a large pot with water in it)
  • Thermometer
  • Oven mitts

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  1. Tape two wooden skewers together at each end for your wick support.
  2. Lay the skewers across the teacup so the wick is centered inside the cup, with the string drawn up straight, perpendicular to the bottom
  3. Melt wax on the smaller pot of your double-boiler on medium high heat. It is suggested to chop of grate ahead the wax to speed up the melting process. If you use paraffin wax, add in some grated or chopped crayon pieces to add color to the candle instead of using a candle dye.
  4. Once the wax has melted, remove the double-boiler from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Add your candle dye (if you haven’t yet).
  5. If you’re adding an essential oil, wait until the temperature reaches 180 degrees. If you add the oil while the wax is too hot, it may just be dispersed instead of absorbed into the wax.
  6. Once it has cooled a little, carefully pour it into the prepared tea cups, leaving only ½ of an inch space from the lip of the cup
  7. Allow this to cool completely for about 4-6 hours then trim your wick to about 1 inch in length

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…and voila! You now have beautiful, handmade tea cup candles to decorate your space or give away as gifts!

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