I'm sitting here on my couch in my new living room in our new house, watching the lights twinkle (yes, they really are twinkling) on our Christmas tree. The baby is asleep, my oldest is at school and my husband at work. I just finished reading a book on my Kindle and had a delicious mug of decaf with some cinnamon dulce flavored creamer...it is a cozy, cozy afternoon around here. Sometimes, you just need a day like that to keep your sanity in check!
When the weather starts cooling down and the Christmas decorations are up it is hard to fight the urge to curl up on the couch with a good book and stay there all afternoon. I love this time of year, and I know that I am no exception!
Since the holidays are right around the corner - I'm going to kick off the week with a pretty little gift idea that is both cozy and cost effective.
A tiny little candle - homemade, scented and oh so adorable. Here's how to do it!
Usually I make my own baby food - but with our move this past week, I needed to have some hassle free baby food around. While cleaning out the empty ones, it dawned on me that there had to be a cute and crafty way to reuse these jars. If you don't have baby food jars, any glass jar will do. Of course Pinterest had the solution (is there ever any doubt?)
- Candle wax (I used soy wax flakes)
- Candle wicks
- glass jars
- Candle fragrance, if you want it
- Fabric, ribbon, gift tag, or any other decorative items
I got to work melting the wax with a double boiler approach. Basically fill a small pot with a little water, place another small pot on top of the bottom one and fill with wax. Turn the burner on, and the wax will melt slowly. Keep an eye on it! I added my fragrance as it was melting. While the wax was melting, I took out my wick and hot glued it to the bottom of the baby food jar.
Once the wax was melted, I carefully poured it into the jar and let cool. While it was cooling, I made some fun little gift tags. The wax will be clear when hot, and turn white as it cools off. Once it is completely cooled and hardened, you can trim the wick to your desired length.
I wanted to cover my jars with burlap, so I cut a square and used a rubber band to fasten it to the top of the jar. Then I added ribbon, a gift tag and a pretty little silver bell ornament. Make a bunch up ahead of time and use them as those last minute grab and go gifts you always end up needing! Seriously, they are so cute.
Happy Candle Making!
PS - the winner of the Simply Spray giveaway has been announced
#38 - Erin! Please email your address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to all who participated and a BIG thank you to Simply Spray