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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.)


Make Luminary Candles in 3 Steps

by Chandler 16. December 2011 20:45

We previously posted 5 Luminary Candle-Making Secrets, but did you know just how easy it is to make a luminary candle? I'll show you in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Select a votive to use. For making this project you can use one that you made or a standard 15-hour votive.

Step 2: Fill a luminary bag with enough sand to prevent the bag from blowing away in the evening. Place the votive in the bag and light. Naturally, these candles should only be used in outdoor displays.

Step 3: Line along a driveway or a sidewalk.

Enjoy!

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5 Luminary Candle-Making Secrets

by Chandler 12. December 2011 21:11

Ever drive around your town on Christmas Eve and see all of the driveways or shops in a small downtown glowing with magnificence? These spectacular sites generally start with luminary candles. And even if you are not a candle maker, you can easily get your entire neighborhood involved. Here are 5 tips to help you make your own magnificant luminary candle display.

Secret #1: Cut designs into the bag or add decorations to the outside of the bag. Snowflakes, stars and candy canes always add a special holiday touch. If you can place your label on the outside of the bag, you may consider donating the luminary candles to your local business for a perfect mix of generosity and promotion.

Secret #2: If you are expecting guests, try scenting them so your guests will be surprised with the pleasant smell of Bayberry, Christmas Cheer or some other wonderful holiday fragrance.

Secret #3: Since the votive is not seen the color is not important. You can use up all of your scrap wax to make these candles.

Secret #4: If you are making these for your own use, you may want to use soup cans, pet food (if metal) or other metal containers.

Secret #5: If you have snow on the ground, make a large snowball and hollow out the middle then put a candle in it. Make sure you keep these candles away from shrubs, trees and other flammable objects.

 

Learn how to make a luminary candle in 3 easy steps.

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Improve Your Candle Line

by Chandler 9. February 2010 21:01

4 Quick Tips to Improve Your Candle Line

Jump start sales and add new products to "reposition/market" your lines. Some of the suggestions can be simple little editions to your line while others may require a little more testing and product development. As all businesses have learned, you are no longer able to just hope that what you were doing in the past is enough to get you through another year.

There are many new and exciting product changes!

Wood Wicks

Without a doubt the most exciting new product to come along recently is the wood wick. The wood wick candle has been out for a few years, but for many, finding quality wood wicks from suppliers has always been difficult. The wood wick is not designed to replace your existing candle line, but is a way to attract new customers to your products.

The wood wick is limited to use in containers, but is great to use with all soy waxes and paraffin waxes. The wood wick can add a nice touch and unique burning property to your candle. Your candles can have that nice crackling sound that people love to read and relax by, but without the need to use the fire place. The wood wick definitely should be considered especially with some new or unique pieces of glassware.

Natural Candle Wax

Natural wax candles are here to stay and if you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time. Soy is great in that it is all natural and produced here in the US which can have some great marketing appeal. A unique way to launch your soy wax line might be to add a line using travel tins. Travel tins are relatively easy to make because the exterior surface can hide many of the blemishes that occur when using glass containers. Tin containers do not break when the heavy shipping season occurs. (Be sure to check out our September 2007 issue on how to make these candles).

Custom Labels

There are many things about a candle that can appeal to the consumer, and one of them is the label. With today’s technology and printers it has simplified the process of making custom labels. Nothing is more appealing to small retailers and manufacturers then to offer items that cannot be found in the mass markets. Custom labels can be a tremendous asset for fundraisers and local craft shows and events. One site that we have always liked for help on custom labels is http://www.avery.com.

Luminaries

One of the new products that we received numerous compliments about, and companies really like the suggestion, is to add luminaries to the line. For those that may not be familiar with this, these are the candles used in downtowns and neighborhoods by lining the streets with Luminaries.

One of the great things about the candles used in this application is they do not necessarily have to be white or a specific color. They can almost be any color because they are placed in the bag. What better way to use wax that may be colored but does not meet your color specifications, or a custom order canceled at the last minute.

Some other helpful hints would be contact the coordinator of the event and ask (in exchange for a discounted price) if you can you apply a label on the bag advertising your company. Be sure to check with various downtown districts and neighborhood civic associations to promote this idea. Many downtown events are in early December and will provide for some last minute advertising. For other items be sure to check out September 2008 issue.

Many of the above can be started with minimal investment.


Luminary Candles

by Chandler 3. September 2009 00:59

Ever drive around your town on Christmas Eve and see all of the driveways or shops in a small downtown glowing with magnificence? These spectacular sites generally start with candles. Even if you are not a candle maker you can get your entire neighborhood involved.

Step 1 Select a votive to use. For making this project you can use one that you made or a standard 15-hour votive.

Step 2  Fill the bag with enough sand to prevent the bag from blowing away in the evening. Place the votive in the bag and light. Naturally these should only be used in outdoor displays.

Step 3 Line along driveway or sidewalk.

Note: Even though it is outside, extreme caution should be used.

Secret #1
Cut designs into the bag or add decorations to the outside of the bag. Snowflakes, stars and candy canes always add a special holiday touch. As identified in the feature article you may even want to think about donating these to your local business if you can place your label on the outside of the bag.

Secret #2
If you are expecting guests, try scenting them so your guests will be surprised with the pleasant smell of Bayberry, Christmas Cheer or some other wonderful holiday fragrance.

Secret #3
Since the votive is not seen the color is not important. You can use up all of your scrap wax to make these candles.

Secret #4
If you are making these for your own use, you may want to use soup cans, pet food (if metal) or other metal containers.

Secret #5
If you have snow on the ground, make a large snowball and hollow out the middle then put a candle in it. Make sure to keep these candles away from shrubs, trees and other flammable objects.

 


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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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