Candles Ideas – How to Make Your Own Homemade Candles
Homemade candles make a beautiful, inexpensive way to add a little flare and style to any room. But how do you go about collecting the most effective candles ideas for your home? There is no shortage of candles ideas out there, but how do you know that candles are going to work well in your decorating scheme? Here are some suggestions that will help you get started collecting candles ideas for your next DIY candle project.
Fragrance: fragrances are generally considered unnecessary when making candles. However, some scents can be hard to incorporate in a candle design. Consider adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as rose, vanilla, or citrus to your next batch of soy or potpourri candles. Another idea is to try using flower petals in your design. The tiny petals will provide an elegant accent to your finished candle.
Burn Time: Some candles never burn completely. The wick may not burn all the way to the base of the candle. In these cases, you can leave the top off of the candle for some time before lighting it. Just be sure to allow the wick to cool first. At times this is the only drawback of using unburned candles.
Candle Size: Another thing to consider when collecting homemade candles is the size of the candles you intend to create. Generally, candles are measured in inches or even centimeters. This doesn’t mean you should make candles that are too small or too large for the area you intend to put them in. A good rule of thumb is to think of how big a container you would hold if you created candles of different sizes.
Types of waxes: There are a variety of waxes available for candles. If you have ever mixed beeswax and paraffin in a jar, you may have gotten a tiny bit of a bad chemical reaction. That’s one of the reasons why candles never go out. However, you do have a couple of options when deciding on the wax for your candles.
Fragrance: There are a few fragrances that people like more than others, and these tend to be sold as unscented. It can get expensive to buy candles with fragrance, so if you don’t mind paying more, you can scour garage sales and craft stores for candles with fragrance. Another option for buying candles is to purchase them in jars. The downside to this method is that sometimes the jar will inevitably break because of the vibration of the jar and then you’re back to square one: buying candles with fragrance.
Lighting: If you don’t want to burn candles, there is another option: using candles as a light source. You can do this in many ways, ranging from the simple to the elaborate. I personally like to place a row of candles on my coffee table and occasionally light them. You can also light candles on end tables and mantles, but I prefer to keep the focus on the candles themselves. For this approach, I would suggest using gel candles.
Decoration: There are plenty of ideas for decorating with candles. If you’re going for the more traditional route, try drizzling wax confetti over a votive candle. If you have lots of candles at home, you can easily make a floral arrangement or a fruit arrangement out of them! Another great idea is to create a candle wind chime. All you need for this project is some wire, some tallow (or other wax alternative), a compass, beeswax, some dried flowers and a bit of creativity.