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Valentine's Day Candle Craft Ideas

by Chandler 6. February 2014 17:36

Valentine's Day—the infamous holiday created primarily by greeting card companies. Yet, everyone enjoys receiving little reminders of how much they're loved. Candles are great gift idea for your valentine's and loved ones that won't break your budget.

There are a number of ways you can dress up your pillar candles, tea lights and decorative holders to create a Valentine's Day themed gift. We've compiled a bunch of great ideas from Pinterest to get your creativity flowing. Once you know the basics of candlemaking, these ideas for decorating and making your candles pop are simply icing on top of the cake!

XOXO Cookie Cutter Candles

This idea from the Hello Lucky blog utilizes the basic candle wax melting process but utilizes cookie cutters during cooling to achieve a festive XOXO shaped candle.

Supplies needed:

  • Wax
  • Wick
  • Toothpicks
  • Double-boiler
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie Cutters (or knife)

Once you have your supplies from us, get the step by step process on the Hello Lucky blog.

 

Beeswax Heart Cutout Candle

Utilize your typical pillar candlemaking process. Then, utilize Martha Stewart’s idea of punching out hearts in beeswax sheets and utilizing a hairdryer to make them tacky and stick to the pillar candle.

Supplies needed:

Get the step by step instructions from Martha Stewart.

 

Cupcake Candle

What’s sweeter than a cupcake? This idea from the Rustic Essentials Crafting Library utilizes the whipped wax technique we talked about on our blog earlier this year.

Supplies needed:

 

Get the step by step tutorial from the Rustic Essentials Crafting Library.


Christmas Eve Legend: Bayberry Candles

by Chandler 19. December 2013 18:31

With Christmas Eve approaching fast, it's time to break out your bayberry candles! Bayberry wax is more expensive than most waxes, so if you're looking for the essence of Bayberry, try Candlewic's Bayberry Scent.

The Legend of the Bayberry Candle

*Credit goes to Jaxx Candles

When the first settlers arrived on our shores, every moment was one of survival. Everything was in short supply including candles. Generally candles were made of tallow (animal fat) which tend to smoke and give off an odor. They can turn rancid as well.

It didn’t take long for the early colonists to discover that the abundant bayberry bush had berries that would give off a waxy residue when boiled. They learned to collect and save the bayberry wax that would rise to the surface of the water and make them into taper candles.

The bayberry tapers burned longer and cleaner than the tallow version. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of bayberries to make enough wax to make a candle (about 15 pounds of bayberries to make one pound of wax). These bayberry tapers were a real treasure to the colonists who saved them for special occasions. To have a bayberry candle was a luxury to be saved and relished. It became the tradition to burn your bayberry candle on Christmas or New Years eve to bring blessings of abundance in the coming year. It is not known who actually came up with the traditional bayberry candle poem, but the tradition continues to this day:

This bayberry candle is a gift from a friend,
on Christmas Eve burn it down to the end.
A bayberry candle burned down to the socket,
brings luck to the home and wealth to the pocket.

Candlewic wishes you happy holidays and a happy new year!

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Girl Scout Candle Projects and Other Kids Crafts

by Chandler 13. December 2013 20:27

As we approach the holidays, groups and organizations are actively engaged in crafting activities. Candle making is a fun project you can do with children of all ages and candles are great decor for the holidays!

Now, there are certain candle projects that are ideal for different age groups. Young children should never be in charge of the hot wax tasks and should have supervision when doing candle projects. We've picked out some of our favorite kids crafts that aren't too complex to use for group parties and organizations.

Granulated/Wax Crystal Candles

Similar to sand art, this project allows kids to design a candle with their favorite colors and make neat designs. Choose from a variety of colors or go with holiday themed colors, like red, green, white or blue.

Here's what you'll need:

OR get everything you need in one handy Wax Art Kit!

See the step by step instructions for granulated/wax crystal candles.

Tin Can Luminaries

Soup cans, coffee cans, paint cans. Have each girl scout bring in their own empty tin container and create a design to punch. The actual punching should be reserved for teenagers or adults.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Tin can
  • Hammer & nails OR a power drill
  • Tissue paper & marker
  • Votive candle

See the step by step instructions for tin can luminaries.

Tissue/Wax Paper Candles

A great way to display special artwork or sentiments of even the youngest children! By drawing whatever they want on tissue or wax paper, you can transfer their work right onto the candles! These make great gifts!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Tissue or wax paper
  • Markers or ink-based writing tools
  • Hair dryer
  • Tape

See the step by step instructions for tissue/wax paper candles.

Beeswax Candles

This is one of the easiest projects for all age groups because they do not require melting the wax! 

Here's what you'll need:

See the step by step instructions for beeswax candles here.

You can also watch our beeswax candle making video here.


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.)


Whipped Wax: Icing On Top of the Cake

by Chandler 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

Pouring container

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

  1. 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.
  2. Pour the wax into the mug and insert the wiick.

To make the whipped cream:

  1. Melt the remaining wax and let it cool until it's opaque, about 5 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!


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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