Homemade Soy Wax Candles

Candle-making is a craft that I have wanted to try for a few years now. Anne gave me candle-making supplies for Valentine’s Day this year, and we spent an afternoon making a whole batch together. It was a lot of fun, and produced some seriously pretty candles!

Are you in need of a Mother’s Day gift? It’s not too late to give this a whirl. The instructions below are adapted from Martha Stewart.

Homemade Soy Wax Candles

Materials:

  • Wicks with a metal bottom
  • Chopsticks or skewers
  • Glass jars
  • Soy wax
  • Double boiler
  • Meat or candy thermometer
  • Oil-based essence of your choice (i.e. lavender)
  • Scissors

Step 1: Clean and dry all glass jars. Use chopsticks to rest one wick in each jar. To do this, wrap the wick around the chopstick as to hold the wick in place. It’s important that the wick is centered in the jar.

Step 2: Set up the double boiler and melt the wax to 135°F.

Step 3: Remove the melted wax from the heat, and stir in 80-100 drops of essential oil, or to your desired amount. (Note: 80 drops gives off a light aromatic scent, while closer to 100+ drops will smell more like a commercial candle.)

Step 5: Carefully pour wax into jars, and place them in a cold water bath in the sink. (You may need to hold the wicks in place for a few minutes.) As the wax cools, it may begin to sink. Add melted wax as needed, and re-cool. Remove chopsticks and trim wicks with scissors.

Especially if you’re considering giving your candles as gifts, consider making labels for each of them. Use stickers, washi tape, or Sharpie markers to describe the scent you’ve used.

Are you making anything homemade this Mother’s Day? If so, share in the comments! I’ll send the mother of one lucky commenter a surprise care package. (Continental US moms only!)

Mother’s Day Card Crafting

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, I thought I’d share a card I made for my mom last year.  I tried to think outside of the box on this one, adding dimension with the twine and paper banner.  When I was little, I spent a lot of time picking wildflowers from the front yard, making tiny bouquets for my mom.  I wanted to remind her of those days with this card!

But do you want to know the secret “ingredient”?  I stamped the wildflowers with BRUSSELS SPROUTS!  It worked like magic.  All I had to do was cut the sprouts in half and dab them in an ink pad.  I stamped the yellow flowers first, and then the purple.  Next, I adhered the twine with Elmer’s glue.  The last step was to cut out a paper banner to write “happy mother’s day” on.  I decided to make a matching envelope, so I added a white circular sticker and stamped a few more wildflowers on the label.

Who knew you could find a creative use for Brussels sprouts?  I wonder what else is hiding in my refrigerator…

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