• Thursday, June 20, 2013

    We absolutely adore candle making projects and being able to DIY our own home decor, so when Emily of Couple Jones sent us her little project it definitely put a smile on our faces! Her DIY incorporates the gorgeous designs of vintage Pyrex with easily homemade candles. We love the vintage look that the Pyrex cups give off, but if you don't have any around you can always use jam jars, tea cups, mason jars, or any kind of candle holder you like! Read on to see how Emily made it all come together.

    I have a little bit of a collection of vintage dishes…Or maybe I’m kind of obsessed with them.  My favorites are Pyrex and Fire King dishes and I love going on hunts for them at garage sales. I love them. Now I’m on the hunt in my house for other cute containers that I could turn into candles. I made one for myself and two for some sweet friends… Hope this inspires you to try it. PS: Don’t leave candles unattended and be super careful with the hot wax, especially if you have little ones running around…that’s my disclaimer but this was really so much fun!

    Supplies: (all found at Hobby Lobby)
    Candle making wax - I chose Creme Wax
    Pre-made wicks
    Candle scent
    Clothes pins
    Wood skewers
    Vintage Pyrex cups

    Directions:
    I melted the wax in an old pot that I had. I was a little worried about getting the wax off whatever I melted it in so I didn’t use my good pots. The directions on the wax said to use a double boiler but I don’t have one of those and this actually worked really well. I didn’t end up having a hard time cleaning the pot but I will recommend two things.

    1. Plan on using all of the wax you melt, or have a throw away container to pour any leftover melted wax into so that it doesn’t sit in your pot while you are setting the candles up…don’t pour leftover wax down your drain.

    2. Keep your empty pot warm by leaving the burner on a VERY low setting so that the wax residue stays melted until you are ready to wash the pot. I just used warm water and dish soap and my pot was fine. (That was more than two things, I think)

    Your burner only needs to be on low…no need for boiling wax. Then slowly pour the wax into your cups…you will see that I am horrible at pouring without making a mess…kind of a clutz here. But the spilled wax wasn’t a big deal because I put painter’s paper down to protect my counter and once the candles were cooled, I just used a warm sponge to wipe of the excess wax from the outside of the cup.

    Once you have the wax in the cups, add your scent. The oil I got from Hobby Lobby said to add ten drops but I added more…I could tell that 10 drops was going to be too light of a scent. So just start by following the directions on the oil you buy and fudge the numbers a bit if you want a stronger smelliness…not sure that’s a word. Oh well.

    My original plan was to use a clothes pin balanced on the edge of the cup to hold the wick up but as you can see, my pins weren’t long enough to stay across the cup - lucky thing I had some leftover skewers in the drawer. I just laid those puppies across the cups and put the clothes pins on top. Worked fabulously! Bam! Kinda feel like a 007 crafter when I work things out on the fly like that. Just call me Jones, Em Jones.  So the cups sat there for a bit…probably 45-60 mins and then they were good to go!

    -- Emily of Couple Jones

    xo,
    Ruche

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