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Lighten Up Your Home with Amazing DIY Candles

By Tabassum Sayeka

If I could spend all of my money on something, I would do it on candles – not even being dramatic! But since that’s not realistic, I decided to give candle making a go so I can have new candles whenever I want. If Do-It-Yourself scented candle making may not have been on your to-do list before, there’s never been a better time to try and hone a new skill — particularly one that you can use to dabble in aromatherapy amidst the exceedingly anxious era we’re living in. Plus, making your own pleasantly fragrant candles is a lot better for your bank account than splurging on something from Diptyque or Le Labo.

Whether you want to make one of these homemade candles as a gift, or on any other day for that matter, or if it’s a way of treating yourself, you can’t go wrong with any of these incredible DIY candle ideas below.

Funfetti Candles Made from Sprinkles

Homemade candles are an amazing home decoration, especially when they are filled with colorful candy sprinkles. You’ll love the mood they make and the way they smell. Making these DIY funfetti candles is pretty easy and you can buy the supplies at most craft stores. If you have got some spare glass jars, some wax from old or un-used candles, you can simply get going!

The effect that covering the outside of this candle in sprinkles gives it is so bright and fun, and this is most definitely a gift that I myself would love to receive. It’s bound to make anyone smile, especially if you dressed the jar up a bit with a pretty ribbon. I love the fact that this candle is cupcake scented, and think it would make the owner feel like it was their birthday every time they used it.

Multicolored Crayon Candle

What was the best thing that could happen to you when you were a kid? Undoubtedly, opening up a fresh box of crayons probably ranks somewhere up there with your favorite childhood memories. And while coloring was arguably the best part of art class, there’s so much more you can do with crayons than write or draw, like make these beautiful homemade candles which everyone will be impressed by, thanks to the splashy colors and fun layers.

Poured Mason Jar Candle

Mason jar candles are all time classic. I love using mason jars for little DIY touches around the house, whether it’s to hold pencils at my desk or as a quirky little flower vase. These homemade Poured Mason Jar Candles are simple but very effective and would be a lovely addition to any room.

If you are making this as a gift for someone then be sure to choose their favorite color or a color that you think would match well in the room where they spend the most time in. I love how large these homemade candles are, of course, you could adjust that depending on what size of jar you use, but the ones in this example look like they would last ages. Remember that the color will get lighter as the candle cools, so don’t be afraid to be a bit heavy-handed with it.

Teacup Candles

Teacup Candles are just the sweetest thing and would look so gorgeous scattered across a table at an afternoon tea, or even just around the house for use whenever you fancy.

I love how easily customizable the homemade candles are. You could pick any teacups you want, going for something pretty and vintage like this example or something quirkier and modern. That also makes this idea a great one for up-cycling unused cups and mugs. The color and scent are totally up to you, although I think it could be pretty cool to play around with some coffee- or tea-like scents to really stick to the theme.

 Mini-Candles Using Ice Cube Trays

Apart from making ice, you might want to use those silicone ice cube trays kept in your kitchen for other things, such as candle making. They can be a unique yet budget-friendly tool for crafting interestingly shapes candles. You can use a silicone ice cube tray to mold adorable candles with your preferred colours.

Seashell Candles

 Many of you may often go to the sea and collect shells on the beach during your walks. I have so many shells in my collection now but have never known what to do with them. That was until I came across these Seashell Candles. This DIY is a beautiful way of displaying the shells without ruining them, and a cluster of these in all shapes and sizes would make the most beautiful table centerpiece.

DIY Cinnamon Candle

 Lovely fall cinnamon spiced candles are perfect for filling your house with delicious smells, without the need to use any artificial fragrances or purchasing any extra stuff. Just get some cinnamon from your kitchen, some wax and jars to begin with the project!

You also can get a double hit of cinnamon with both the essential oil and the ground spice. You can have a cinnamon settling at the bottom of your candle which creates a natural ombre effect, a candle characteristic that you will now not have to pay extra at a store for. You’ll love the rich caramel color that this has when it is melted and be glad that it still maintains a hint of that in once cooled.

Ice Candles (OMG!)

I have never seen anything quite like these Ice Candles before, and when I first stumbled upon this DIY I just had to know how they were made.

I really like the fact that this DIY can also be made with old candles, to freshen them up and give them a new lease on life. To make these ice candles you basically put some ice cubes in the bottom of a milk carton and pour hot, melted wax over the top of them, meaning that the wax holds the shape of the ice as it solidifies.  It gives the candles the most interesting appearance and is far more simple to do than I imagined at first glance.

Pressed Flowers Candle

I don’t think I have ever seen a candle quite as pretty as this one. I would pay a fair few dollars for this in a store, never guessing that it was a relatively easy DIY to tackle for yourself.

You could apply pressed flower designs to any candle, homemade or store bought. I think this is so incredibly beautiful, and anyone would be so pleased to receive it as a gift. You could be organized and create a linear pattern or go crazy and let your imagination run wild with different flowers and designs. Let’s not lie, the latter sounds far more fun.

Whether you’re using candles as an old-school source of light, a romantic mood-setter, a stylish touch of home decor, or a holiday gift for friends and family, you might want to try out one of the above-mentioned ways you can make them yourself. You might think that it’s intimidating to make your own candles from scratch, but these processes are not as daunting as it seems. So, let’s light ‘er up!

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