Candlemaking & Candle Crafts

August 22, 2013 - Candle Recap

I try a lot of new things. Sometimes I learn about something and realize I’m just not into it. The learning experience is always useful and interesting, but for some reason or another, the craft just doesn’t appeal to me long-term. Candlemaking is one of those crafts that stuck with me. I love making my...
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November 1, 2011 - In Pursuit of Autumn Leaf Candles

I got this idea to make some festive holiday candles for Thanksgiving using these little decorative pie crust cutters. This one looks like a leaf. Fabulous! If you’re going to cut out wax shapes, it’s best to use a firm wax. I’m using pillar wax here. Container wax, and especially soy wax, is too soft...
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March 27, 2011 - Easy Striped Candles

I’ve posted before about recycling candles (here) by scraping out the wax from candles that have burned too low to light. Here’s another method that is much easier and you don’t even need a pour pot! With this method, you can make your own candles without buying wax, dye, scent, or even jars. All you...
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February 7, 2011 - Things to Do with Beeswax

Beeswax is produced by honeybee “worker” bees. They secrete it from glands on the underside of their abdomens then chew it up and mold it into the cells of the combs. That’s why they call them worker bees. It’s a big job for the beekeepers, too, who collect it from the hives and melt it...
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January 24, 2011 - How to Make Toothpick Candles

Saturday was Morgan’s 15th birthday. Or she said it was. I think she had her math mixed up. She’s 5. Can’t possibly be older. Cousin Sheryl and I took her to Charleston to eat at a restaurant (food that someone else cooked! the novelty of it all….), go shopping, and see a movie. She wanted...
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December 2, 2010 - Making Cupcake Candles

I have no reasonable excuse for why I’m making cupcake candles when I should be making holiday gifts and baking cookies, but I was in the midst of a container candle-palooza when I got bored with container candles and wanted to do something more creative. I’ve been wanting to try cupcake candles ever since I...
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June 8, 2010 - How to Make a Cake Candle

Make a country cake candle! Cake candles are one of those projects that look as if they might be difficult, but are actually quite simple–and so much less expensive to make at home. You can easily spend $15 or $20 (or more) to buy a cake candle while you can make one for half the...
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April 19, 2010 - Candle Jars with Pressed Wildflowers

Beautiful spring wildflowers are everywhere! Take some home and keep them forever. Press and dry them! And then, oh, all the things you can do–including decorate the wonderful, the inimitable, the endlessly versatile, the sweetly simple canning jar. (Aren’t canning jars amazing? What can’t you do with a canning jar?) You can decorate a jar...
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March 13, 2010 - Sunny Stripes

This has been an absolutely beautiful week with more sun and blue sky and puffy clouds than we’ve seen here in months. This weekend, it’s raining and the river is flooded. The mud’ll be knee-deep on our road (and that is only slightly exaggerating!). Winter isn’t truly gone, but it’s over in my mind so...
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January 26, 2010 - Hand-Dipping Tapers

There is nothing like the old-fashioned, authentic look of hand-dipped tapers. It’s easy to do–but time-intensive. There’s a reason hand-dipped tapers are expensive! Even so, it’s a simple and very satisfying project, and the sheer quaintness of hanging candles makes them a great gift, too. (Give them in pairs, uncut, and your recipients will hate...
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December 5, 2009 - Homemade Fire Starters

A cornucopia of fire starters! I came home to a cold, cold house yesterday. I had a good fire the day before. I’d kept it going all day. I was proud! I never let it go out. I was tending a fire instead of constantly re-starting one. I need to practice banking the fire so...
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April 16, 2009 - Fun with Container Candles

There’s so much more to do with container candles than just plain candles! You can make them with stripes, or in tilted layers, or add shaped or cut wax chunks to create all sorts of effects like colorful mosaics or even a “fruit” look. Here are some of the things I’ve been doing with mine....
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February 10, 2009 - So You Want to Make Candles–Basic Supplies to Get Started

You should be able to find all of the basic equipment and supplies mentioned here–pouring pot, wax, dyes, scents, wicks, etc.–at any large craft store. For more about making container candles, see How to Make Container Candles. Creating a Work Area First of all, be sure to protect your work space. If you’re making candles...
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February 9, 2009 - Recycling Candles

Take one box of old candles that are burned too low to light again. Scrape out the wax. You can combine similar colors, or mix it up. You can always adjust the color later by adding candle dye if you like. You might also want to combine similar scents. Since I usually gravitate to “food”...
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February 7, 2009 - How to Make Container Candles

I’m a candle addict. I love to have a scented candle burning all the time, but that gets to be expensive and sometimes I’m snowed in. So about six months ago, I bought the stuff to start making my own candles. I’m a visual, hands-on learner, though, and I kept waiting for someone to magically...
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November 20, 2007 - How to Make Gourd Candle Lights

A quick, fun way to make candle holders out of gourds to add a unique, natural touch to your autumn decor or Thanksgiving table: Take several small, pretty gourds or mini-pumpkins. Slice off the top. Carve out the soft center to make a nest for the candle. (Scrape the bottom to flatten your spot.) Place...
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