Aromatherapy Candles

DIY Aromatheraphy Candles

My cozy evening staples include a furry blanket, fuzzy socks, and a calming candle. Combine those elements with a good book or bubble bath and you are set for a relaxing night. I may have a slight obsession with candles (I have a dedicated cupboard just for their storage) and I’m often found in the candle aisle at TJ Maxx or Target smelling new scents.

DIY Aromatheraphy Candles

I’ve dabbled around with making my own candles at home, but I never tried scenting them with essential oils. When I was visiting my parents a few weeks ago I raided my mom’s craft supplies and came back with enough soy wax to make two mason jar candles. I picked two Eden’s Garden oil blends: stay alert and harmony.

DIY Aromatheraphy Candles

I’ve been lighting a candle on my desk while I work and I’ve enjoyed the light, uplifting scent each of these gives off. With a bit of ribbon, these would be cute gifts to give friends and family members!

Aromatherapy Candles

 

Supplies:

  • Soy wax melts
  • Candle wicks
  • Clean Jars
  • Essential Oil(s)

How To:

  • Clean out the containers you will be using for the candles
  • Melt enough soy wax melts on medium heat to fill the number of candles you want to make
  • Once the wax has melted, add drops of essential oil until you reach your preferred scent strength
  • Place a wick in the middle of each candle container and slowly pour in the melted wax
  • Let cool and trim the wicks if needed

DIY Stained Wood Art

DIY Stained Wood Art

Target has perfected their home décor section. Ian has to pull me from the aisles whenever we pop in “just to pick up a few items.” If I ever won a Target shopping spree I would leave with a cartload full of wall art, throw pillows, and candles.

DIY Stained Wood Art

Since the reality of me winning a surprise Target shopping spree is quite low, I had to rein in my fantasy and set time aside to make a few DIY pieces instead. I love the look of color stained wood and thought this piece would look great on a bookshelf or a part of a gallery wall.

DIY Stained Wood Art

Here is how you can make your own stained wood state art at home!

Materials:

  • Piece of wood to your desired size
  • Acrylic paint (three colors)
  • Paint brushes
  • Chalk
  • Newspaper

How To:

  1. Lay your piece of wood on top of newspaper to protect your countertop.
  2. Mix equal amounts of acrylic paint and water.
  3. Paint over the entire surface of the wood and let dry. This will stain the wood the color of the paint, but allow the grain of the wood to show through.
  4. Print and cut out your state shape.
  5. Flip the state over to the backside and rub with chalk.
  6. Place state, chalk side down, in the middle of your wood and press down. A chalk impression should be left on the wood.
  7. Using another acrylic paint color, paint over the chalk outline.
  8. Once dry paint a heart over your home city.

Teacup Candles

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Until our honeymoon I never drank tea. Can you believe it?! Marrying a man with Scottish roots I have been offered tea many times, but I never favored the warm drink. That was until I walked into David’s Tea in San Francisco’s marina! I immediately fell in love with their fun flavors (hello, cotton candy!) and walked away with a few samples.

Now our cupboards are stocked with tea and I have been collecting teacups, because hey – a girl’s got to sip her beverage is style, right?!

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Now I admit, my teacup obsession may have gone overboard (cue not being able to shut the cupboard door.) So I decided to make a DIY out of my problem – hence teacup candles! These little guys would make a great gift (housewarming, bridal shower, etc) or you can just enjoy the candle in your own home, knowing once it burns out you can wash it and relax with – you guessed it! – a piping hot cup of tea.

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How To:

  • Place wick, metal base side down, in the middle of your teacup
  • Heat wax in an old pot until melted
  • (Optional) Add essential oils and/or coloring
  • Gently pour into teacups
  • Once cooled, trim wick to your desired length