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Holidays are for Luminaries

by Chandler 9. November 2013 00:16

It's just about that time again. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be soon upon us, so start getting in the spirit of the holidays with new candle projects! Our favorite holiday candle décor has to be the luminary, specifically the tin can luminary. It’s such an easy DIY project and you probably have all the supplies you need already in your household! Luminaries are a great chance to use up all your leftover wax, because you can’t really see the color, only the glow. This project would also be a great one to do with your children, your neighborhood or youth group in the winter months! (But leave the power tools and nails to the adults, please.)

What you'll need:

  • Tin can: coffee, soup, or even an old paint can
  • Hammer & nails OR a power drill
  • Tissue paper & marker
  • Votive candle

How-to:

  1. Select a votive to use. Again, use up your extra wax or use votives you’ve already made.
  2. Draw your holiday design on tissue paper. Think leaves, turkeys, pilgrim hats, snowflakes, stars, candy canes, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, snowmen or even short sayings like “Give Thanks,” “Merry Christmas” and “Ho Ho Ho.” Tape your design onto the tin can.
  3. Place your tin can on a solid surface. To prevent it from rolling or damaging the surface, place some old folded dish towels or rags underneath.
  4. Use your tools of choice to punch holes along the lines of your design

Line your luminaries along sidewalks and driveways or place them in your home for an ambient glow. If you want an extra punch of holiday cheer use some of Candlewic’s favorite seasonal scents:

•   Smoked Applewood
•   White Mulberry Cedar
•   Poinsetta Pine
•   Cranberry Scone
•   Balsam & Cinnamon
•   Egg Nog
•   Gingerbread
•   Peppermint

Happy luminary making!

Check out the beautiful luminary creations of this blogger for step by step pictures:
(Photo credit goes to Rachel from the DIY Christmas Luminaries blog post.)


Lace Candleholder Project

by Chandler 14. June 2013 19:09

Once you've made your favorite scented candle or votive, don't stop there! Try your hand at making your own candleholders too!

This idea from Spirello's blog is an easy and elegant one to start with! The lace candleholder makes a great table centerpiece, especially for weddings or more formal events.

Here's what you need:

  • Old crochet doilies
  • A balloon
  • Wallpaper glue

1) Blow up the balloon and hang it with a string somewhere it can dry.

2)Soak the doilies in wallpaper glue and stick them in an overlapping pattern over the balloon.

3) Leave the balloon to dry. When completely dry, just pop the balloon and you'll have a beautiful lace shell you can use as a candleholder! (Make sure the candle you place inside is in some type of container, whether a glass votive or tea light holder.)

You could use this same technique with other materials as well, such as newspaper or string!

Of course this is just one of the ways you can dress up the candles you've been making with your materials from Candlewic.com.

*Credit: Spirello Blog

 


Perk Up Your Pillar Candles!

by Chandler 24. May 2013 18:54

Last week on our blog we talked about getting creative with candle containers. This week, we're pointing out the potential in pillar candles!

Pillar candles are one of the most basic candles to create, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. When you think out of the box and try some new techniques, they can add a touch of elegance to your home decor!

Not sure how to make a pillar candle? Check out our post on The Power of Pillars.

You will need to make a basic pillar candle before you use any of the following techniques.

Martha Stewart has three techniques to dress up your pillars that we just love!

Swirled-String Candles

Learn how to use waxed twine to create an interesting pattern on the surface of your pillar candle.

How to make swirl-string candles.

 

 

 

Basket-Weave Candles

An easy weaving technique of beeswax sheets can create a complex, crafty-looking candle.

You can get your beeswax sheets right here on Candlewic.com! Click here to browse beeswax.

How to make basket-weave candles.

 

Faux Bois Candles

Faux bois, or "fake wood", candles are a great way to bring natural looking decor into your home.

How to make faux bois candles.

 

 

 

These are just three techniques you can use to perk up your pillar candles! Think outside of the box and try inventing some techniques of your own! And don't forget to get all your pillar candle supplies right here:

 

*Photo credits: Marthastewart.com


Get Creative with Candle Containers!

by Chandler 17. May 2013 20:03

We scoured the Internet to find some new and inspiring candle container ideas for you to try! Whether you’re looking for a dazzling centerpiece or a gift for a dear friend, these DIY ideas take candles to a whole new level.

Teacup Candles

This blog shows us how to upcycle vintage teacups into cute candles. We think these would be perfect for bridal shower décor or gifts!
You can buy the supplies to make teacup candles on our site!

  • Soy Wax: Not sure which you like best? Try out sampler set!
  • Wicks

Learn how to make them:
http://theresakistel.com/diy-teacup-candles/

Bottle Candles

The newest candle trend going around is wine bottle candles. You can buy them from companies online, but they are very inexpensive to make yourself! Whether you want to remember a special event or just hate to throw away a beautiful bottle, you can transform them into your own candles!
You can buy the supplies to make bottle candles on our site!

Learn how to make them:
http://discoveringlifesstitches.blogspot.com/2013/01/wine-bottle-candles-diy.html

There are numerous ideas out there for making candles in creative containers, from fresh fruit to seashells and tin cans! Think out of the box! Don’t forget to stock up on supplies from Candlewic, then share your creative candle creations with us on Facebook!


Candle Project: Summer Sand Candles

by Chandler 9. April 2013 17:26

Despite our continued cold spell here in the Northeast, summer will soon be upon us. As you plan your summer vacation, be sure to also plan for those possible rainy day activities. Sand candles have been around for a very long time and can make a memorable gift from your summer vacation. The other thing to consider when making this candle is to use up "scrap wax" you may have recently generated. Since each candle can be of a different design and shape using different color waxes will not effect the finished product.

Materials

  • Tub / Bucket
  • Water
  • Glass or solid object
  • Wax (141 Melt point)
  • Wick
  • Dyes or (Color Blocks)

Instructions

Fill the tub/bucket up with sand. Add water (you will have to experiment with the amount of water since sand texture varies) and try to pack the sand as tight as possible. The tighter it packs and the less water you use, the more consistent the outside shell of the candle will be.

Once the sand is packed tightly, take the cup or object and form a "cavity" in the sand. Once the cavity is formed, take your wax and pour at around 195-205°F. The wax can already be colored or you can now take color blocks and swirl them on top.

Once the wax gets a film on top, place the wick assembly into the wax. As the wax gets a little harder you may want to add shells and other non-combustible decorations.


About the author

Hi I'm Chandler. Thanks for visiting! Illumine is all about helpful projects, ideas, and articles related to candle and soap making and the candle and soap making business.

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