Cinnamon-Vanilla Candles

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Scented candles are an easy way to give your home an aromatic ambiance makeover, but when wicks fail or wax melts unevenly, they are also an easy way to drain your bank account.  This article will teach you how to save by teaching you how to make Cinnamon-Vanilla candles by yourself and be the true DIY champion. This candle will not only smell great but it makes a beautiful decorative element for your home. As the vanilla candle warms up the cinnamon sticks, your room will be filled with the fall scent of vanilla and spices. Here’s how you can make your own Cinnamon-Vanilla candles:

Materials and tools:

  • Vanilla candles
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Thick elastic bands
  • Twine
  • Ribbon

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Step 1: Place an elastic band around the bottom of the candle. Slide it up a couple inches and make sure it lays flat with no twists against the candle.

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Step 2: Carefully slide in the cinnamon sticks behind the elastic band, one at a time.

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Step 3: Fill the cinnamon sticks all the way around your candle until there are no gaps left.

Step 4:  Wind your twine around the candle 5-6 times to cover the elastic band.

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Step 5: Once you have covered the elastic, tie off the ends of the twine in a double knot. Then tuck the knot under the other strands of twine to hide it.

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Step 6: You can leave it with just the twine if you like, but adding a ribbon is a nice touch to polish off the candle. Simply wrap the ribbon around the candle and over the twine, then tie into a bow.

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Step 7: Light them up and you’re done!




3 Cool DIY Fruity Ideas For Candles

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Everybody loves a sweet fruity scent and what better way to incorporate such magnificent fragrance than through scented candles? Here are 3 really cool ideas on how you can incorporate the sweet fragrance of fruits to your candles:

1. Orange Peel Candle
Remove / eat the middle portion of the orange being careful to leave the middle stem-like portion intact. You can remove it easily by using a sharp knife and digging out the middle starting with the edge closest to the outside of the orange. Fill the cavity with any type of oil such as Vegetable or olive oil to just below the center stem-like wick. Light the wick and enjoy the smell!

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2. Apple Spice Candles
Start by placing the wicks in the jars. You can use the metal wick holders or just tape the wicks to the bottom of the jars. If you use tape just make sure it’s secure. Hot glue will work as well but might re-melt when the hot wax is poured in.

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Take the tops of the wicks (cut them long) and wrap them around an old pencil and place in the centers of the jars. Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and apple spice together in a double boiler. You don’t need the wax and oil to boil, just melt. This should only take a few minutes (you may need to stir the wax with some kind of stick or long spoon; chopsticks work well too!) to fully melt the wax and combine it with the coconut oil.

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This recipe will make enough wax to fill a pint jar and you will need about 1 tablespoon of spices per pint made, depending on the scents you use and how strong you want it to be.

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Start by pouring a small amount of wax into the very bottom of the jar and letting it set up (this will help hold the wick at the bottom), then pour the rest of the wax in the jar until it’s full enough. Pour in small layers and let is harden slightly if you have issues with the spices all falling to the bottom. Let the candles sit undisturbed until the wax re-hardens. Then you are ready to burn your candles!

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3. Fruit Floating Candles in a Jar
Gather up some of your favorite scents: mint, lemon, lime, rosemary. Add some water & citronella bug off oil to mason jars. Then add some floating candles. Super easy!

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DIY Bug Repellent Candles

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Bugs come in all shapes and sizes but even if we see them as nuisance, we can’t help but recognize the significance of their role in ecological balance. Good thing is we can get comfortable even without the cost of killing them, a technique we call repelling. An efficient and effective way of repelling bugs is through using scented candles, by which this article will help you make one! Not only will you feel relaxed by the calming aromas, you’ll also get a bug-free and  productive day:

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To create one, you’ll need the following materials:

  • ½ pound beeswax (1 lb. Raw Settled Beeswax )
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Geranium Essential Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Double boiler (or use a pan and a metal bowl)
  • 6 Fluted Dessert Cups
  • Pre-Assembled Tea Light Wicks (Pre-assembled wicks come already primed, i.e. coated in wax. If yours aren’t coated, you’ll need to prime them yourself by dipping them in wax)

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*Note: A woodsy combination of rosemary, geranium and lavender essential oils were known to have insect and mosquito repellant effects.

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1. Using an old knife, cut the half pound beeswax into small pieces. Prepare the double boiler by filling its bottom pan with water while placing the small cut beeswax into the top pan for melting. Heat the boiler at 160 degrees Fahrenheit, using a wax and honey thermometer and then wait until wax melts.

2. When the wax is melted, add several drops of the listed essential oils into the melted wax and mix deliberately. Beeswax has its own distinctive odor, so add more of the oils to achieve a more pungent or strong odor.

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3. The mixture is then ready to be placed in the tart tins, or any vessel that molds the wax during cooling. Fill it to the brink. If you’re using glass molds rather than aluminum molds, start with small amount of wax then cool it a bit, this is to avoid shattering the glass due to high temperature.

4. Allow the wax to cool slightly until the skin starts to form. Add the pre-assembled tea-light wick in the center of each mold so that the wax will smooth out around the wick while the wick hardens.

5. Lastly, let the wax completely harden, trim wick to a height of ¼ inch and;

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..and voila! You’re done with your Do-It-Yourself Insect Scented Repellant Candles! The candle is estimated to burn for four to six hours so you can use these scented candles for your next outdoor party or activities under the stars.

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Pressed Herbs Candle-Making Ideas

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Decorating your space with earthy tones and themes definitely create a relaxing, “Zen” feeling in your home. The best part is, using earthy decorations does not usually cost too much since most of the elements are already found in the environment. One great way to incorporate the earthy theme is using pressed herbs to decorate your plain candles. Not only will they look great, they will leave your room smelling fresh and earthy too! Here are a few project ideas that you can do yourself:

 

  1. Lavender and Rosemary leaves

Gather a few lavender flowers and rosemary leaves. Melt some paraffin wax and coat the leaves on it. Stick the coated leaves to the inner sides of the candle jar and allow to dry for a bit before pouring in the rest of your wax. Don’t forget to add the wick and let it dry overnight.

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  1. Pressed Herb Scented Candles

Infuse fresh herbs in melted wax. Heat the wax to pouring temperature (180°F for most candle waxes), and add strongly scented herbs such as rosemary, lavender, or lemon verbena. Maintain this temperature for about 45 minutes, then strain the wax, which will give off a mild fragrance. Never leave any wax unattended on a stove or other cooker. Soak the wick in a small amount of essential oil before placing it in the mold.

 

This will give the candle a very mild fragrance when lit. Add a small amount of essential oil to the wax just before it is poured: a few drops for a small candle, no more than 1/4 teaspoon for one pound of wax. Stir well to distribute the oil throughout the wax so that it will not leave spots of discoloration, then immediately pour it into prepared molds.

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Using dried material (a few seconds in the microwave is all it takes) is important to prevent mildew. Place the leaves close to the candle’s surface so that they may be seen but not close enough to the wick that they can catch fire. Use the following method to anchor them in place. Pour melted wax into the mold. When the outside has set to a thickness of about 1/8 inch, pour the liquid wax back into the container you’re using for the hot wax, leaving just a shell of hardened wax in the mold.

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Position the leaves where you want them. With a knife or ice pick, cut chunks from wax of the same color and pile them in the center of the mold against the leaves to hold them in place. Fill the mold with melted wax to the desired depth. Using chunks of wax different in color from that of the shell will cause dark or light spots that will show through to the outside. If you have melted all of your wax to color it, you’ll need to let some of it reharden so that you can make chunks of it.

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Christmas Candles DIY Ideas

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With the Holidays just around the corner, everybody’s clamouring for last minute decor shopping and gift-hunting. Luckily, for the creative few, here are DIY Christmas Candle ideas that are perfect for this holiday season:

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1. Leafy Candle Votives
To breathe out the Christmas theme into your glass votives, spray some adhesive on to the glass surface and stick pine leaves or any other dried or fresh leaves. Make sure to cover all the way around the bottom for a beautiful finish. Lastly, spray some sealant to the leaves and cut off the extra leaves for a more polished look. Make 2-3 glass votives and this should complete your dining table center piece for Christmas

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2. Shimmery candle holder
Looking for some extra shimmer this Christmas? How about using shimmer on small mason jars to add the extra “bling” on your candles? You can use spray adhesive or brush a coat of liquid or gel glue onto the glass jar. Sprinkle some colourful glitter all the way around and wait for it to dry before completely coating with spray sealant. Another alternative is using double sided tape to create rows of differently-colored glitter, to add the extra dimension in your glass candles.

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3. Cinnamon Stick Candles
Use large, plain white vanilla candles for this project. Cut some cinnamon sticks, a little longer than the height of your candle. Pile the cinnamon sticks upright, all the way around the candle and tie with a beige yarn or burlap ribbon. Not only will it look really rustic, it will also leave a nice scent in your room—perfectly matching the Christmas theme.

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4. Christmas Ornaments candles
You will need Christmas balls and thin candle sticks for this project. Star by dropping small melted wax to the upper surface of the ball and stick the candle to it. Do this step for the next few balls too. You can secure the candle to the ball by adding hot glue on the gaps between the candle and the ball too. So that the candle stays upright, gather the balls in a group and stick them (hot glue or super glue) to an old tray. You can add ribbons to the candles or plastic leaves on the tray, for a more festive appeal.

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5. Lacey candles
To add a warm look to plain candles, you can use some old lace as stencil for added pattern. You can either spray paint through the lace or just leave the lace wrapped around the candle. Imagine about 3-4 of these candles grouped together and they will surely add a whimsical feel to your Christmas.

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Making DIY Candles in a Mason Jar

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DIY projects with mason jars are in trend nowadays—you can just make a ton or stuff with them! You can even create mason jar candles and they look stylish yet shabby chic. If you’re planning on giving away scented candles as gifts, here’s how you can make one with your mason jar:

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  1. Tie a wick around the middle of a pen (or wooden skewers)
  2. Let the end of the wick drop towards the center of the bottom of the jar.
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  4. You can super glue the base of the wick to the center of the jar so that it stays in place once you begin to pour the wax.
  5. Set your stove burner on its lowest heat setting and place the pouring pot on the burner. You can also use a double boiler for this or just use a regular can for the wax with a larger pot for boiling the water.
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  7. Add the wax flakes to the can and stir constantly until the wax melts without bubbly or simmering.
  8. Pour the scented oil or candle dye of choice on the melted wax flakes until the ultimate shade or scent is achieved.
  9. Stir the mixture until the color and scented oil is fully integrated into the melted wax. It may take about 20 to 30 minutes to achieve this consistency
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  11. Pour into the prepped mason jars and allow it to sit until it cools down, turning solid.
  12. Once cooled down, place the mason jars wherever you need the protected candle light.

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Mason jars are ideal for this project because its glass is made to withstand direct heat from the small flame. Set the candles outdoors, like in the beach or on a walkway and they will look wonderful as the sparkle in the dark.

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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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