What is your usual first impression of a space? One of the things people usually notice first when they enter a new room is the smell. I am pretty sure everyone has experienced at least once in their lifetime how a scent can reminiscence an exact time and place. Scents are powerful. A well-chosen scent for your home can leave a lasting impression.
If you are a home design buff like me, then you probably know that DIY projects are a very popular option for making your home unique and beautiful. Handmade candles are a trend that can turn the space where you eat and sleep into a home where you live and enjoy spending time.
So, let's go through some super simple DIY candle-making ideas that will make your home an enjoyable place for you and everyone who stops by.
Creative candle decoration ideas for beginners and pros
Let's start with the easiest idea – a simple candle with a coffee scent. The smell of coffee makes me feel relaxed and welcome. For this, you just need to follow these simple steps and, in the end, I hope you will fall in love with candle-making as I did after my first hands-on experience. You will need:
- Melting pot
- Wax dye (Brown)
- Fragrance (Coffee)
Step 1 - Stick the glue dot to the bottom of the wick.
Step 2 - Stick the wick to the bottom of the tin, and fixate it to the center device.
Step 3 - Pour the wax into the melting pot. Make sure the wax fits within the tin capacity.
Step 4 - Continue heating and stirring until the wax is fully melted.
Step 5 - Add the brown dye into the wax and keep stirring until the dye is fully dissolved.
Step 6 - Remove from heat and test the temperature. At around 149°F (65℃), drop the coffee fragrance into the wax.
Step 7 - Keep stirring until the wax is fully dissolved.
Step 8 - Cool down the wax to 131°F (55℃) and pour it into the candle tin. Remember to replenish the wax if it sinks.
Step 9 - Wait about 45 minutes until it's solidified. Cut the wick to a suitable length. You'll get a perfect candle.
MERRY LITTLE CUPS OF CHRISTMAS
Teacup candles are just the sweetest thing and will make you look like a true master of homemade candles. Psst! It's incredibly easy to make. You just need to have a bit of experience in your fingers, and the rest will go smoothly.
These teacup candles will look unbelievably gorgeous scattered across a table, or even around the house, wherever you like.
You will need:
- Vintage teacups
- Melting pot
- Dye (baby pink or sky blue, for example)
- Fragrance (according to preference, but I suggest vanilla)
Step 1 - Before getting on with the process, make sure to keep the wicks in place and balanced.
Step 2 - Prepare the wax and the dye as in the previous idea.
Step 3 - Once the wax has completely melted, keep aside to cool a bit.
Step 4 - Pour in the fragrance oil at this point, stir with the skewer, and slowly pour into the cups till about 3/4th full.
Step 5 - If the wicks have moved a bit, don't worry, just readjust. The wax is not going to set immediately.
Step 6 - Also, rinse out your utensils quickly.
Step 7 - Don't move the candles until it's complete. If there is a bit of sinking in the center, just warm some more wax and fill it up.
Step 8 - Light the candles only after 24hrs.
ARTISAN MASSAGE CANDLES
Don't you just adore those high-quality essential oils that you feel in the air at a spa? Follow these steps and enjoy tranquil, soothing, delicious smelling, DIY massage candles whenever you want a relaxing massage.
Using a candle helps to incorporate heat into the massage process. This helps to: soothe muscles, relax the nervous system and ease tension and pain. You should probably try this once you are confident enough in your candle-making skills.
You will need:
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil
- 1-ounce almond, jojoba, or avocado oil
- 30 drops of your favorite essential oils
- candle wicks
- heat-safe jar or container
- measuring cup
Step 1 - Measure out 1–2 cups of wax flakes and melt them in a heat-safe jar or melting pot.
Step 2 - While the wax is melting, place the wick in your candle jar. Be sure the wick is straight and that it is pressed to the bottom.
Step 3 - Let the wax cool slightly before adding your jojoba oil, vitamin e, and essential oils. Stir well.
For calming candles, use oils such as chamomile, lavender, and clary sage.
For stress-relieving candles, use oils such as rose, nutmeg, sweet almond, and chamomile.
Step 4 - Carefully pour your mixture into the jar and let it set for an hour or two. When cool, trim the wick.
Step 5 - Light your massage candle and let it burn for 15–20 minutes, allowing a small pool of wax to form around the wick. Blow out the flame and let it cool for several minutes.
Then carefully pour the wax into your hand, or dip the tips of your fingers in the wax. Massage the skin as you usually would, working the wax into the skin like you would with massage oil or lotion.
Take your time
Candle making craft is like any other craft. It takes time and patience. So, don’t be discouraged if it takes you a bit more time than you anticipated. Let yourself have fun, experiment and enjoy the calming experience of creating homemade candles.