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DIY Candles

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Candles not only give out such a sweet aroma, but also add to the ambiance of a room. And, they are easy to make at home!

Tamika Fletcher, our go-to-gal for all things DIY, knows quite a bit about making candles. In fact, every year at this time she makes hundreds to sell at her salon.

Peppermint Candle

Materials:

  • Container for the candle
  • Soy wax
  • Crayon to add color
  • Wick
  • Fragrance (optional)

Directions:
You'll need two microwave-safe containers to melt the wax. Fill each container with soy wax - the amount will depend on the size of the candle container. We're using a 4 oz container so we'll need 2 oz in each.

Keep in mind sometimes the candle will sink after it's dry you may need a little more wax to pour over the top and even it out.

We microwave the soy wax in increments of 2 minutes until liquid - you can add 2-3 drops of fragrance at this time. In one container add a crayon - we're using red. So one container will be red and one will be white.

Next add the wick to the candle jar - be sure they are the right size for the container, not too big or small.

She dips the wick tab into the wax to secure it to the bottom of the container. Then using anything you have around the house, roll the wick from the top down until it's standing straight. Now it's time to pour your first layer. Once the first layer is cool completely you can add the next layer, alternating colors.

Repeat the process until your container is completely filled.

Recycling Old Candles

Make sure there's not a metal wick tab - if so remove it
Break candle up into pieces
Using a microwave safe container melt until liquid
Add wick to any jar and pour
Wait 24 hours before lighting

Dip-Dyed Candles

Materials:

  • Inexpensive Pillar Candle
  • Crayon
  • Wax
Directions:
Melt about a 1/3 of the soy wax in small Pyrex
Add a crayon - color of your choice
Dip the candle in and out until you have your desired color
If you want to embellish with glitter - just dip in the colored wax, sprinkle glitter and re-dip the candle

Graphic-Printed Candle

Materials:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Heat Gun/Hair Dryer
  • Inexpensive Pillar Candle

Directions:
Cut tissue paper to fit candle
Secure to candle with mod podge
Blow dry until tissue paper melts into wax

Frosted Candle

Materials:

  • Epsom Salt
  • Inexpensive Pillar Candle
  • Mod Podge
  • Painter's Tape

Directions:
Using painter's tape section off a border - that you don't want frosted
Paint the remaining candle with mod podge and roll in Epsom salt
Glitter (optional)

Personalized Candle

Materials:

  • Glass Jar
  • Soy Wax
  • Sticker Letters
  • Crayon
  • Primer
  • Spray Paint

Directions:
Using stickers - add your letters
Prime your container - if you don't the colored spray paint might rub off
Once that's dry add a coat of color (we're using white) and glitter spray if you'd like
Once it's all dry - flip it over and remove the stickers
Add the wick and pour the wax

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