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It's that time of year where we prepare to hibernate. That means cozy socks, piles of blankets, and lots and lots of candles. Thankfully making all those candles on your own is easier than you think.

Handmade candles let you use random orphan glasses & bowls, or are a great excuse to visit the thrift shop and find some unique or unexpected pieces.

We're only going to be making soy candles and bees wax candles here today and here's why -

  1. Paraffin wax candles produce soot, and also emit harmful chemicals like benzene and toluene. 
  2. Even if you don’t burn candles often or don’t have asthma or other respiratory issues, you don’t want any that kind of stuff in your home’s air. 
  3. Soy candles also burn longer than paraffin candles. So they’re safer and last a longer time. What’s not to love!

There are a few supplies that you'll want to have on hand for making candles all winter long.

  • Metal pitcher
  • Candle Wicks
  • Containers for your candles 
  • Pencils or skewers
  • Soy Wax Flakes

Essentials to making candles

Begin with determining how long the wick should be by standing it inside one of your containers and cutting 2" from the top of the container. Now your ready to assemble the wicks by wrapping the tops of them several times around a pencil or skewer. Then place a small dab of hot glue to secure the tab of the candle wick to the bottom of the container.

Fill the pitcher with the desired amount of wax flakes. You'll need to play around with this, as there's not a designated amount outlined anywhere for each of the different thousand of containers that you could use.

Place the pitcher inside a pot of boiling water or double boiler over low heat (approximately 150-180 degrees F), stirring frequently, until wax has fully melted.

Add whatever essential oils your using into the hot wax and stir.

Rule of thumb is 10 drops of oil per 16 ounces of wax.

Now your ready to pour into your containers. Place the pencil or skewer across the top of your container.

Make your own candles even more fun - consider the container that you'll be using with them.

Additional Materials - cinnamon and clove essential oils

Additional materials - lavender & rosemary essential oils.

Additional materials - pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon essential oils

Additional materials - vanilla essential oil

Additional materials - pine essential oil

Additional materials - orange, nutmeg & cinnamon essential oils

Additional materials - coffee essential oil

If you have problems finding any of these essential oils, just google it and a variety of places will appear where you can purchase them.

Wow - how wonderful would it be to use vintage or antique tableware to pour your candles into? I absolutely love antique tableware and would definitely go with this option for my candles.

So now that we've learned how to make several types of candles, what do you think about dressing a plain glass container for the winter.

I love how this is dressed with ton's of faux snow that you can do as well very easily. To make your faux snow - simply use baking soda, a dab of water and a lot of white glue. Mix this together to get a thick paste. Continue adding water to get this consistency. Then with your hand, start putting it on your glass container. Now you'll let it dry.

What? These are gorgeous and so wintery. These are so incredibly simple to make - all you need is white glue and iridescent glitter. Simply pour some white glue down the edges of your glass cylinders, then sprinkle on your glitter and allow to dry. Once there dry, shake off the excess glitter and happy candle placement in your home.

Tea Light Holders

I don't typically like tea lights because for me, they don't omit a lot of candle light. This however is a brilliant idea and never thought of it - silly me. Especially with these coffee beans because I am an avid coffee consumer. Maybe it's because the coffee is already ground.

So you thought making candles was easy - well this is even easier if you can believe it. Simply pour some coffee beans into a small container, then place a tea light on top and light. As the candle burns and get's hotter, it will release the oils in the coffee beans that will produce a wonderful fragrance.

I'm thinking that you could probably do the same thing with a few sprigs of fresh pine, vanilla beans, several twigs of lavender, the possibilities are endless.

I think these would be fabulous to have with the new larger candles you've made.

I forgot to mention - if you'd like to color your candles - just drop the color crayon you'd like into the hot wax.

Beeswax Candles

Materials - beeswax, baking sheet and oven safe containers you'd like to use

Turn on your oven to 200 degrees.

Place the wicks into the containers your using like we did above.

Don't melt the wax, just fill your containers with it.

Place your containers on a cookie sheet and put into the oven.

Remove your candles once the wax has completely melted - 45 minutes - 1 hour.

Your home is going to smell amazing with making these.

I love gorgeous things and I'm sure you do as well. I stumbled upon these bottles with the candle sticks adorned with pine and thought - wow - I'd love to make these.

Pillar Candles

These are my favorite kind of candles - love them and they look so beautiful when their lit, especially in groupings. As you can see, these are so simple to make. Just follow the essentials to candle making above and pour the wax into a can. Allow to dry completely and then pull the candle out of the can by the wick. If it doesn't come out easily, place in the refrigerator. Cooling it this way allows the wax to shrink somewhat.

Now with these gorgeous pillar candles in hand, you need equally gorgeous candle holders and I think these are just gorgeous. I love the simplicity of them, yet also so elegant.

These candle holders you can super simply make them by going to the Dollar Tree and purchasing glass candle holders which is the base and cylinder glass for the top. Then you'll need to purchase some glue specifically for glass. Now you can simply glue the two pieces together, following the instructions on the glue.

I just love unique candle holders and how much more unique can you get than making your own. Of course because the candles were so easy to make, you don't want a major project on your hands making candle holders.

So we're keeping making them super simple with a few materials - wood candle holders (Hobby Lobby), two terra cotta small dishes for each candle holder, hot glue and paint of your choice. Remember - we're all about French Country here, so white and light blue would be gorgeous - especially this time of year.

Simply glue the two terra cotta dishes to both ends of your wood candle holders. Then happy painting. Really...painting these is going to make you smile in seeing the crisp white paint and the gorgeous light blue paint.

Outdoor Candles

Does this sound funny to you? I'm serious. We're going to make outdoor candles.

Now be honest - do these make you want to pull up a chair with a faux fur blanket on your porch? These are gorgeous and there made of ice. Here's how you can make a few. This is really fun.

  1. The first step to create an ice candle is in finding your mold.  Fill a bucket or pail with cold tap water and placing a tin can or cup in the center. Weigh it down with enough small rocks to almost, but not quite, sink it.
  2. Place the bucket outside on the porch – or in the freezer if you live in a warm climate until the water is frozen solid. Carefully remove the block of ice from the pail or bucket (you might need to loosen the ice by running warm tap water over the bucket’s surface for a few moments).
  3. Once the ice is free from the bucket, the next step is to remove the tin can or plastic cup from the center of the block. (If the can or cup seems locked in the ice you can fill it with warm water to make removal easier.)
  4. Once the ice has been removed from the pail and the cup from the center of the block, you’ve got your basic ice candle. Place a small candle at the bottom of the well where the cup used to be. Now you have an ice candle!

How beautiful is this with simply cutting off an arm to an old sweater and slipping it over a glass holder. If the glass holder is contoured at the top, place a piece of twine.

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