#JanuaryJoy: Make something with your hands

I’ll ‘fess up now and admit, this isn’t the ‘Make something with your hands’ prompt I had planned to share but what d’ya know, January has whizzed by and instead of feeling it has passed me by, I’m happy to say I’ve enjoyed all of it with Bea. 🙂

This is however something I have been planning to do for ages. I’m a huge scented candle fan and often buy them or am lucky enough to receive them as presents. What always bugs me though is that last centimeter or so at the end when the wick runs out of lovely scented wax. I’d always wanted to do something with it and now I finally have. I melted down each of them and layered the wax with a fresh wick and made ⅔ of a new candle with the leftovers from just 4 other candles that would otherwise have been binned!

So, you’ll need:

  • An assortment of old candles (scented or otherwise)
  • Some new wicks (I bought 20 from Amazon – 10 Pre Waxed Wicks For Candle Making)
  • A clean, dry container for your recycled candle
  • A medium sized saucepan and a small plastic pot
  1. Use a knife or something sharp to scrape the candle ends out of the pots
  2. If you are using scented candles then you will have to melt the wax individually and layer the scents, but if it’s just old wax, then you can melt the whole lot together. This is similar to melting chocolate for cooking, so just bring a pan of water to a simmer and float your plastic pot with the old wax in it on the water until it all melts. Keep an eye on it, it’s usually quite quick, and you don’t want the pan to boil dry and melt your pot to the pan! 😉 The wax will melt clear and you’ll see the old wick floating around. Remove the wax from the heat and fish out the old wick carefully – it will be hot!
  3. Centre your NEW wick in the clean and ready container for your new candle – you might want to balance it against something (like this knife in the photo) to keep it centred, which is important otherwise your wax will melt unevenly as it burns. Then pour in your wax and allow to cool.
  4. Repeat the process for each separate candle and scent, allowing to cool between each layer.
  5. Finally trim your wick to about 1cm long then light and enjoy!

Of course you can also clean up the empty glasses and containers that the other candles were in (I just use hot soapy water after melting the excess and wiping them out with kitchen roll,) and use them as vases or pots around the house for pencils or make-up brushes. If you’ve got any you really love you could even buy some wax chips online and make new candles so you can keep enjoying the decorative pot.

Did you ever make candles when you were younger? I had loads of DIY craft kits for candle making – it was fun to do it again in a grown up way!

Have you made anything this January?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Florence’s Gift Guide #5

Welcome back and Hip Hip Hooray, it’s time for my favourite gift guide… for Home Lovers. I would snap each and every thing up on this list for myself if I could so if that’s not seal of approval enough for you all, then I don’t know what is. To narrow it down slightly however, I am seriously lusting after that gold chevron stripe tray and am going to need the Design Sponge at Home book in my life this Christmas. I’ve waited long enough!

  • Any stylish home lover simply has to have this… Design Sponge at Home
  • Super stylish but generic enough for a female secret santa, Pure White Unscented Voitives (set of six) – The White Company
  • Gold chevron Zag tray – Up in the Air Somewhere (US)
  • A Cosy winter checked throw – Laura Ashley
  • Everybody loves a scented candle and I personally love the Christmas ones but christmas day is a little late to unwrap one I feel so go for this fresh fig one. (As a lover of expensive scented candles I think The White Company ones are a great compromise on price but still an authentic scent.) – *Save 15% & Free Delivery at the moment!
  • A lot of these items may seem like slightly off the wall gifts, but as anyone who is doing a house up will know, money often runs out when it comes to accessorising. Quirky home owners will love these botanical wide life cushions from Dwell, or who would have thought this stylish deer could be found in M&S?
  • I couldn’t leave this cute little white owl behind when I was shopping in M&S earlier this week and at £5 it’s a seasonal bargain for those people you need a tiny present for but want to keep it stylish.
  • Brown Dog door stop – Laura Ashley
  • A subscription to my favourite interiors magazine… Living Etc.

What do you think readers? Added any of these to your lust list?

Come back this afternoon as it’s a three post Thursday and we’ve got a very special and stylish treat in store for you all 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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