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
- Select a votive to use. Again, use up your extra wax or use votives you’ve already made.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.)
20. June 2013 17:24
You may be familiar with the technique of whipping wax. We've shared it with you before in our "How to Make a Snowball Candle" post. If you're not familiar, the whipped wax technique is a great way to liven up any simple candle.
We've seen people use this technique for a wide variety of candle projects, from cakes and cupcakes to foaming beverage candles, like the hot cocoa project below!
It may take a little practice to perfect this technique. Whipped wax cools very quickly, so if you don't work fast enough it can become unmanageable. Also, it is a VERY messy process, so be sure you have your old clothes on and are working on a surface that's easy to clean!
The Hot Cocoa Candle
*Project and photo credit goes to: Spoonful.com
What you need:
2 3/4 cups soy wax
1/3 of a 3/4 ounce cube of brown wax dye
6-ounce glass mug (made for hot beverages) or a mason jar
9-inch-tall prewaxed wire wick with clip
How to make it
- Melt 1 3/4 cups of soy wax in a pouring container or heatproof measuring cup in the microwave according to the package directions. While the wax melts, chop the dye into smaller pieces and stir it in.
- Pour the wax into the mug and insert the wiick.
To make the whipped cream:
- Melt the remaining wax and let it cool until it's opaque, about 5 minutes.
- Whip the wax with a form until it begins to form frothy peaks. If the wax is too thin, wait a few minutes and try again. If it thickens too quickly you will need to remelt it.
- Scoop the whipped wax onto the cocoa. Let it cool, then trim the wick.
You can use the whipped wax technique for a variety of other candle projects! It will certainly be the icing on top of the cake!
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:
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
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!
Learn how to use waxed twine to create an interesting pattern on the surface of your pillar candle.
How to make swirl-string 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
15. November 2012 18:56
Need a good gift for the holidays? What about a home-made candle? Tri-color candle jars are easy to make and beautiful too!
Add 1 lb of the Palm 1 wax into the pouring pitcher.
Clip the thermometer onto the top of the pouring pitcher with the thermometer inside.
Place the wax filled pouring pitcher into a large pan of boiling water. This will create a double boiler for you to heat your wax. Do not allow the water to boil dry.
NEVER HEAT WAX DIRECTLY ON A HEAT SOURCE. Heating wax on direct heat can cause the wax to overheat and possibly ignite.
As the wax melts, monitor the temperature with the thermometer. For accuracy do not allow the bottom of the thermometer to touch the bottom or sides of the pouring pot. Tip the pouring pot until the bottom of the thermometer is covered with the liquid wax. When the wax temperature reaches 185° F add two teaspoons of the liquid EVO-12 Burgundy color and stir.
Now you are ready to pour the first layer into the Apothecary jar. Monitor the temperature making sure it is at the pouring temperature of 180° F. Pour the first layer of colored wax into your jar to a height of 1”. After approximately 5 minutes place the RRD-50 wick into the jar. Make sure the wick tab is centered on the bottom of the container. The hot wax will cause the wick to lean so use wooden popsicle sticks or wooden coffee stirrers to prevent the wick from falling toward the sides of the jar. Place the stick across the top of the jar to support the wick. Two sticks may be needed. Place the wick between each stick until it is centered.
Allow the wax to cool for approximately 3 hours or until the layer is solid and firm.
To prepare your second layer you will add 4 oz of Palm 1 wax to the colored wax that remains in your pour pitcher and repeat the melting and pouring process above (remember do not add any color). We are increasing the wax amount so that the original color will decrease in intensity.
Repeat the cooling time for the second layer.
Last layer, add 4oz. of Palm 1 wax to the remaining wax in the pour pitcher and repeat the melt and pour processes, making sure that the pour temp is at 180° F. Repeat the cooling process.