Modern Industrial DIY: How to Make Concrete Soy Candles

DIY Concrete Candles

As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to love burning candles at home. I now enjoy buying seasonal scents in pretty containers, and I’ve learned to love making my own candles. With industrial-style accents becoming increasingly popular, I made a set of concrete soy candles with beautiful wood wicks using rose, one of my favorite scents.

 

DIY Concrete Candles

Candles can be quite easy to make if you use traditional kitchen items like pots and spoons, or you can invest in high quality candle making materials like a metal candle pitcher and wick holder. Continue Reading

How To: Make An Aromatic Wax Fire Starter For The Holidays

DIY aromatic wax fire starterWith Halloween basically behind us, it’s time to prep for Thanksgiving and Christmas! One of my favorite parts about this season is how delicious your home smells when treats are baking and Christmas trees are hanging out in the corner! Get a head start on making your home smell lovely with these beautiful aromatic fire starters!      

 They sure are pretty and the fact they serve a practical purpose is even better! Visit Hello Natural for the full tutorial! Continue Reading

Another (DIY) Use for Pumpkins this Season

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving this year, and they don’t have to be destined for the trash after Halloween is over. Here’s a DIY use for pumpkins that makes them usable long after Halloween is over and actually makes them functional as well.    

Steph from Henry Happened made these useful pumpkin candles that can be used for Halloween parties, fall gatherings, and even the Thanksgiving season.

For the full tutorial and more photos, visit Henry Happened.

How To: Make Your Own Mason Jar Candles!

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Add this to the list of clever ways to use a mason jar: DIY hand-poured candles. You can make them in any color or scent you want – and – they make great gifts! You can buy the wax here, and various scents here.    
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Jen from Something Turquoise has an incredibly detailed (and beautifully photographed) tutorial that explains everything you could possibly want to know about making your own poured candles. She even covers the best way to clean up after an afternoon spent melting wax and all that good stuff. Continue Reading

Make It: Easy DIY Wax Seals

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In the e-mail era, wax seals might sound completely unnecessary, but for invitations, promotional materials and love letters, they’re an eye-catching punctuation sure to impress. Today I found two techniques that are bookmark-worthy. The first comes from Rage Haus. The maker used a dowel and a wood burning tool with a fine tip to create the design, in this case, initials. Lovely.

For an even easier technique, check out this idea from Off Beat Bride. Continue Reading

Make Your Own Beeswax Furniture Polish

Woohoo! I hit the jackpot. After finding a BEAUTIFUL mid century table at Goodwill (sans chairs) for $49.00 on Saturday, I’ve been deliberating on how to clean and polish the top. I stumbled onto re-nest and look what I found; a smart little tutorial disclosing how Amber Dusick of Woodmouse makes her own wood polish. Not only does it make wood glow, it does double duty as lip balm and hand moisturizer as well.wax

Yummy. Doesn’t it look just like good old fashioned furniture wax? Continue Reading