DIY: Fall for homemade scented candles with A Good Chick To Know 0
The early nightfall, wet weather and destruction of countless innocent umbrellas may not be fall’s finest characteristics. Still, the season does have its attributes — curling up with a good book, thawing in a warm bath, movie nights!
Fall is all about the cozy evening in, and the perfect companion to this is a DIY scented-candle set via Jennifer Scott and Megan Baker of A Good Chick To Know.
The local interior design duo loved the beautifully packaged candle collections showing up on shelves at West Elm, The Cross and Anthropolgie and wanted to get the look without breaking the bank.
So ahead of their appearance at the Vancouver Home and Design Show (running Oct. 17-20), they shared with us this three-piece scented-candle project that, despite the perceived tedium of at-home candle-making, took less than an hour and cost under $50.
Express directive from the Good Chicks: “Light ’em up and enjoy!”
- two packages of candle wax
- candle wicks
- natural scent blocks
- cups, vases or jars
1. What you’ll need from a craft store: two packages of candle wax (the Good Chicks opted for soy to keep it au natural), candle wicks, natural scent blocks and a thermometer. What you’ll need from a thrift shop (or your cupboards!): various pretty dishes or vases to create the candles in.
2. Using a double boiler and a medium heat on your stovetop, dump all the candle wax into the bowl; stir as it melts to ensure an even melt and to prevent burning.
3. Watch your thermometer, and heat the melted wax to 160 to 180 F.
4. Slice the natural scent blocks into thin wedges to allow for a faster melt into the wax.
5. Add the sliced blocks to the liquid wax; once it is also melted, lower the heat to achieve a temperature of 125 F. Don’t be afraid to mix the blocks to create your own custom scent (the Good Chicks' favourite was a blend of honeysuckle and lavender).
6. Trim the wicks to a height just lower than your various containers (about a half-inch lower than the rim).
7. Dip the metal-weighted end of the wick into the liquid wax, and then plant firmly in the bottom of the containers; as the thin layer of wax melts, it will affix the wick to the base of the jar.
8. Pour the liquid wax into the various containers, being careful not to spill on the outside of the jars (it leaves a film that is hard to remove and looks less pretty). If the wick has moved at all during this step, reposition it while the wax is still liquid.
9. Let the wax sit for about an hour (depending on the container size) then “dress” your vases as desired. The Chicks left the glass votives and vintage tea cup as-is, but opted for a vintage leather tie and charm for the Mason jar. Stage up your shelves with these pretty little pieces, and it’s time to enjoy!