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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Pressed Herb design Candles
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.
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.