DIY: Homemade Candles

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I am a sucker for candles! I love the coziness and smell they bring to the house. But they can get craaazy expensive! So my girlfriend and I decided to make a batch of our own. It was such a fun bonding time for us and gave us not only some great additions to our house but also awesome gifts for our friends.

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Making things yourself can seem time consuming and expensive but it's so untrue! With a little planning and the right stuff, it's super easy, fun and gives you something you can be proud you made yourself!

Plus, homemade gifts are so much more special than a boring gift card. Your friend will cherish your candle and remember the love that went into it each time they light it. Another fun thing is that you can use whatever jars or glass containers you want. Mason jars, tea or coffee cups, drinking glasses, old baby food jars or these fun containers that we found at Target in the dollar section!

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She ordered the soy wax, wicks and wax melting pot for about $30 bucks total on Amazon and we were able to make 10 candles with some wax leftover. We customized our candles by using fresh rosemary from her backyard, lemon and orange zest, clove and allspice, peppermint from candy canes and an array of essential oils.

The process to creating the candles was so simple!

1. Boil 4 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Melt the wax 2 cups at a time in a metal container placed in the saucepan. As the wax melts, add 2 more cups until you have a few cups melted.

2. Pour about a tablespoon of wax in the bottom of your first container. Apply the wick and let the wax harden around the wick base. We taped together 2 wooden skewer sticks on each side of the wick to hold it up as the wick dries.

3. Pour in the remainder wax and add 15 drops of each essential oil you want to customize your candle with. Add dried flowers, zest or whatever else you wish!

Trim the wicks and allow your candles to cool and harden for about 24 hours before lighting. I created peppermint lavender, rosemary lemon and frankincense clove candles all of which smell amazing!