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How to Make Soy Candles with Lavender Oils and Dried Flowers

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. DIY your own scented candles today by learning more. #homemadecandles #diyscentedcandles #lavenderessentialoil #allnaturalcandlerecipe

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. If you do not have time to read it now, pin it here to save it for later!

I can’t believe how easy and fun it was to make all-natural essential oil candles. I love all types of candles, but making your own handmade scented candles are the best kind out there. It feels like you are cooking with all of these different ingredients and you get to be creative in experimenting with a new recipe. DIY essential oil candles was something new and exciting for me. I’m surprised at how good these candles smelled after they were handmade. And that was not because I wasn’t sure how they would smell, but rather if they would have enough scent to them. They actually have the perfect amount of scent to each candle that I’ve made.

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How making lavender essential oil candles helps with self care:

I’m at home a lot because I have a two year old, so I try to keep myself busy at times. Crafty projects are my thing. And if you didn’t know, I talk a lot about self care and how it’s so important to take care of yourself mentally. Because being a stay at home mom can be kind of lonely at times.

And taking up a new project is a positive way to exercise your mind and creativity. I’ve done a little research on essential oils. I even have this awesome recipe book that is all about essential oils and aromatherapy. (Grab it here >>https://amzn.to/2TVA35M I’ve used essential oils before as part of my self care routine. But I never really knew how powerful essentials oils can really be when used as a part of your daily living. They can be used for cooking, cleaning, skincare, and mental stress relief.

What is self care?

Self care isn’t just about treating yourself. There’s more to it than just that. It’s about keeping yourself happy, embracing yourself, and manifesting yourself into the person that you want to be through personal growth and self reflection. You can grab my free self care workbook in my freebies library if you sign up here.

Since it was my first time making candles, I was inspired by this post here from Live Simply. I had made a few changes to the recipe but I will show you how to make scented candles with essential oils here on Pretty Crafty.

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. DIY your own scented candles today by learning more. #homemadecandles #diyscentedcandles #lavenderessentialoil #allnaturalcandlerecipe

What you’ll need:

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4 cups Soy wax
1 cup or less of Organic coconut oil
2 candle wicks
Double boiler
2 small jars
40 to 70 drops of lavender essential oils.
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Hot glue gun
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Step 1: Prepare to make soy candles with lavender

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. DIY your own scented candles today by learning more. #homemadecandles #diyscentedcandles #lavenderessentialoil #allnaturalcandlerecipe

After you’ve gathered your ingredients, prep the candle making by scooping out coconut oil and soy wax into a bowl. The coconut oil can be a little tough to scoop out if it’s not at room temp. So I used a butter knife to scoop it out first and then I placed it into a bowl. Remember that you need to only have one cup of coconut oil and 4 cups of soy wax for this recipe. But you can always add more if you need to make more than what this recipe calls for. The only reason I use coconut oil is because I’ve read somewhere that it keeps the soy wax from frosting.

Step 2: Boil water to melt the wax

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. DIY your own scented candles today by learning more. #homemadecandles #diyscentedcandles #lavenderessentialoil #allnaturalcandlerecipe

Bring one cup of water to a boil in a pot and then bring the heat down to a simmer. Once this is completed, then you can place the double boiler into the pot of water and add the wax. Make sure to stir it around.

 

Step 3: Place wick inside the jars

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. DIY your own scented candles today by learning more. #homemadecandles #diyscentedcandles #lavenderessentialoil #allnaturalcandlerecipe

I’ve seen others do this different ways but I decided that it was easiest to use a hot glue gun and glue the wicks to the center inside the jars. The soy wax that I bought online came with wicks and wick placeholders. So once you glue the wicks, place them into the wick placeholders so that they don’t fall over once you pour the wax.

Quick tip: If you don’t have a wick placeholder, you can use a pencil or a clothespin to wrap the wick around it to hold it in place.

Step 4: Add wax to the candle jars

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. DIY your own scented candles today by learning more. #homemadecandles #diyscentedcandles #lavenderessentialoil #allnaturalcandlerecipe

I used these jars that I bought a while ago from target, but you can use anything. Lots of people use mason jars or you can use small bowls. Use anything of your choice that you desire. Then you can slowly pour the melted wax into the jars. I left about 1/4 inch of space from the top of the jar.

Step 5: Add the herbs and essential oils

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. DIY your own scented candles today by learning more. #homemadecandles #diyscentedcandles #lavenderessentialoil #allnaturalcandlerecipe

For this recipe, I kept it simple. I initially used 15 to 20 drops of essential oils on each side of the candle. But you might want to add more than that. I updated this post because I noticed that while burning the candles, the scent was very subtle and not strong enough for my liking. Always test it out though and see what you think. Next, I added lavender flower to the candles and gently stirred. Most of the lavender floated to the top, but I didn’t mind that. You could probably soak the herbs first before adding them into the wax so that they don’t float to the top, but I haven’t tried that yet.

Quick tip: If your jar is more than 4 inches or more in width (depending on the size of wicks) add two wicks 1 inch apart from each other to prevent tunneling when you burn your candles.

Step 6: Let the essential oil candles dry for 24 hours then cut wicks down to an inch.

After I let the candles sit for a day, I cut the wicks down to 1/4 inch. And then you will be ready to burn them and enjoy your new scented candles. Or give them as a gift for the holiday season!

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. DIY your own scented candles today by learning more. #homemadecandles #diyscentedcandles #lavenderessentialoil #allnaturalcandlerecipe

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. DIY your own scented candles today by learning more. #homemadecandles #diyscentedcandles #lavenderessentialoil #allnaturalcandlerecipe

This is a DIY tutorial on how to make soy candles with lavender essential oils and dried lavender flower. DIY your own scented candles today by learning more. #homemadecandles #diyscentedcandles #lavenderessentialoil #allnaturalcandlerecipe

Play around with new ingredients and mix other essential oils to get the scent you want. Once you’ve tried this DIY scented candles recipes, comment below how the candles turned out for you and tell me a little bit about your experience. Here’s a great blog post on tips for maintaining your candles. Don’t forget to grab my FREE self care workbook in the freebies library when you sign up below.

 

 

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How To Freshen Up An Entryway Table With Fall Decor

If you love simple, then let me show you how to freshen up your entryway table with beautiful Fall decor and easy to follow steps.

Fall is right around the corner and it’s about time to start decorating for the season. So, gather round pumpkin spice lovers, and let me show you how you can freshen up your entryway table with Fall decor. This is an easy to follow tutorial. If you love to create easy, beautiful crafts, then keep reading.

I had a few mason jars stacked in our basement when we moved into our new home over the summer. So I asked myself what I could do with them. They were just sitting there and were begging to be used in a new craft project. I figured I could use these old mason jars in a new décor project. So here is a list of what I started with for materials.

If you love simple, then let me show you how to freshen up your entryway table with beautiful Fall decor and easy to follow steps.

Materials for Fall Mason Jars:

3 Large Mason Jars
Acrylic Paint or
Chalk Paint
Twine
Artificial Flowers
Paint Brush

Wash up and clean off your mason jars

It’s important to clean off your project before you decide to paint them. You don’t want any dirt or dust sitting under the paint. Otherwise, the paint is going to come off at some point. So, I washed them off with water and soap and made sure that the mason jars were dried off good before I started painting.

Start painting in your choice of color

The next step is my favorite part because you get to be creative in the choices of colors you want to use. Obviously, I went for a Fall vibe. But I decided to pick neutral colors. The brown is an acrylic paint in lite mocha and the white was a chalk paint in the color plaster. Start painting your mason jars after you’ve dried them off. I used a couple of layers to make sure the paint was on thick and that I wouldn’t see any streaks. This is the paint brush I used from Walmart.

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Add your choice of finishing pieces

Before I added the finishing touches, I made sure I touched up a few areas and that they were also dry. For my choice of finishing touches, I added twine and Fall themed sunflowers. All of the flowers I had bought were from Walmart. And I have to say that they had some really pretty colors for Fall. There were a ton of choices to choose from. But I knew that I wanted to use sunflowers for this project.

What to do for the Fall entryway table

After the mason jars were finished, I added them to my table in our entryway. Although the mason jars looked pretty by themselves, you can add a few décor pieces to bring it all together. I had some pretty Fall leaves and pumpkins to add on the table. But you could place anything on your entryway table as long as it fits within the theme and the colors. I’d love to add a large sign above the mason jars to complete the whole theme.

If you love simple, then let me show you how to freshen up your entryway table with beautiful Fall decor and easy to follow steps.

 

Here is the finished look of the Fall entryway table. I think it ended up turning out better than I had expected. And this project only took me a few hours to complete. It’s seems to me that it is best to go with your instincts. Before I had planned out this craft project, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the brown paint. But I actually love this color and I am so glad I made it the main choice instead of as just a pop of color. If you liked this project, let me know in the comments below.

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How to Spot an Old Thrifty Item Makeover Opportunity

How can you spot an old thrifty item that has lots of opportunities for a makeover? First, you must ask yourself… What is it that you are searching for in your next project? This is something that I always need to know each time I want to make something new.

Most of the time it is something that I want to add to my home decor collection. I am always thinking of ways to make my home look beautiful without having to break the bank. In fact, decorating your home with your own projects is the best way to budget. And you get to have your own style that fits you best. If I see something online that I love, I always try to put some of that inspiration into my next project.

How can you spot an old thrifty item that has lots of opportunities for a makeover? Click through so you can easily find a thrift store item for your next DIY.

How can you spot an old thrifty item that has lots of opportunities for a makeover? Click through so you can easily find a thrift store item for your next DIY.

I love being able to go to the thrift store and find old items that I can repurpose. Or even just adding a touch up of new paint colors is like a magical recreation of some sort. It’s amazing what you can do with one or two paint colors to freshen up the look of something.

If you are new to the DIY niche, then it is time to get in touch with your creative side. Imagine what you can do with the pieces that you have right in front of you. Start out with a thrift store or a local flea market and look at which items are available to you.

Hold onto whatever catches your eye

If you find something that catches your eye, hold onto it. And visualize what you can do with that item. Then think about whether you can repurpose this item into something new. Or whether it just needs to be refinished with a few layers of paint. If it can be repurposed, look for something else that can be used as an added touch for that old thrifty item you have just found.

When you spot an old thrifty item and you have found some pieces that go together, then imagine what you can create by thinking of what you can do with those pieces. For example, I was able to DIY some old thrift store junk into a gift that I gave to someone for Christmas. If you went into the thrift store and saw those wall decor pieces sitting on a shelf, your average person would never have thought about turning it into a farmhouse decor piece with a couple of old mason jars.

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If you spot an old thrifty item, another way to spew out your creative mind is to think of what opportunities may be the best outcome for this project when combing your handy skills and the supplies that you already have. When you are always starting a completely new project, supplies can become expensive in the long run if you keep adding on. So maybe you have some chalk paint lying around that you never finished up using. This way, you are still saving money when you decide to start a new project.

Be creative with the finishing touches to your old thrifty item

Now that you already have an idea of what you want to do with your old thrifty item, think of what to add next to completely finish the project. What colors can you add to paint this project? Get inspired and imitate. Maybe you found something that you love on Pinterest. Don’t be afraid to copy that and add your own spin to it. Other than paint colors, search for items that will make your project even stand out more. These are the best parts of a project because you get to be creative with those finishing touches. And you get to create something that has your own style to it.

So now that you have an idea of how to spot an old thrifty item, go to the store and see what items catch your eye. You can really piece some things together when you put your mind to it. The most important thing that matters most is that you are having fun and being creative.

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5 Best Places to Shop for Your Next DIY Project

 

Ever see a nicely done piece of furniture for your home and wonder where you can get pieces like that? Learn more to find the best places to shop for your next DIY Project.

Ever see a nicely done piece of furniture for your home and wonder where you can get pieces like that for your next project? I thought I’d share with you the best places to shop because sometimes those beautiful pieces are often hard to find.

This summer is filled with lots of activities for our family. We are so close to closing on our house and we have vacation plans for the end of August. Every weekend it seems like we always have things to do, which isn’t a bad thing. I love to stay busy, especially since I don’t have a 9 to 5 job anymore. In fact, I have a whole 2018 summer bucket list of activities.

But all of these plans and activities that we have going on are not going to stop me from picking up some new projects. I can’t wait to start getting back into some new projects. I have been so busy lately and I have been itching to craft up some new pieces. It has just been so challenging because we live in a small apartment. It’s not very ideal for the things that I have planned to work on.

Once we are able to move into our new home, I am going to try out these best places to shop for old pieces of furniture.

Ever see a nicely done piece of furniture for your home and wonder where you can get pieces like that? Learn more to find the best places to shop for your next DIY Project.

Ever see a nicely done piece of furniture for your home and wonder where you can get pieces like that? Learn more to find the best places to shop for your next DIY Project.

5 Best Places to Shop

1. Thrift stores have the best inventories of old furniture.

Depending on the thrift stores you shop at, you can find a variety of pieces to choose from for your next project. My favorite thrift store is Goodwill. I find that this is the most popular, where everyone goes to drop off their furniture because it is well known. But some of the best thrift stores are the larger ones and it depends on the area as well. Because you still want to be able to find unique pieces.

For instance, I go to Goodwill in this small town called Brookville, PA. It’s a decent sized thrift store and always has some unique pieces to sift through. However, if you really want to find some unique pieces for your next project, look for the thrift stores that are smaller businesses. Sometimes you can find some of the most unique treasures, but don’t expect to find anything every time you go there. I love to check out small towns that have these cute little shops with used goodies for sale.

2. Flea markets are your best bet for budgeted pieces.

One of the best places to shop is flea markets. To be honest, I absolutely love flea markets. You never know what you are going to find there. It’s a surprise each time or it can be a hit or miss. It all depends on which flea markets you go to. I have yet to go to the Hazen flea market in Hazen, Pa. They only have this event once a month for the whole summer. So I feel like this year is my chance to go! The Hazen flea market is popular around our area because it is so huge and they have tons of pop up tents for good food.

But flea markets are the best places to go to if you are wanting to stay within the budget. The reason I say this is so that you have the opportunity to negotiate prices. One time my husband and I went to this flea market down in Virginia. He saw this tripod that he could use for his camera and the guy was selling it for $10. But when my husband said he only had $5 on him, the seller accepted his offer. And my husband was able to get it for half the price. So don’t sell yourself short when looking to buy at flea markets. You never know how much money you can save when negotiating prices.

Ever see a nicely done piece of furniture for your home and wonder where you can get pieces like that? Learn more to find the best places to shop for your next DIY Project.

3. Craft Fairs and Marketing events are great for inspirational finds.

Craft fairs are great for finding accessories to add to your project. For example, you might be able to find paint supplies or stencils. Small businesses like to go here to sell supplies to artists and DIYers. The only thing about these types of events is that they might turn out to be a little more over the budget.

But its great to discover new things to inspire you for your next project, or meet people who are in the same niche as you.

Plus, you can see the latest for what is on the market today. Who knows, maybe you will be able to turn your small crafting hobby into a business and work at some of these events. Check out local facebook groups, or the newspaper to find some events near you. I know that I would love to check out some vintage markets to gather my inspirational ideas there.

4. Facebook groups/pages are great for local sales and shopping.

Sometimes the best places to shop are on Facebook. Have you ever checked out the Facebook marketplace? There are endless finds that you can search for, even if you are looking for something specific. I have never bought anything yet from the marketplace, but I am sure I will be in the near future. You can put in specific keywords to search for the item you are looking for just like Google. It’s pretty neat.

I have a hard time going out when I want to shop. So the internet will have to do when I have new projects coming up. The other thing I like about the marketplace is that it helps you to search for new items within the groups that you are already apart of. So take a look and see what you might find. Also, there might be some local facebook groups for you to join when you start shopping. You just need to search for them with some keywords.

5. Used furniture stores are one of the best places to shop. This is another viable option for new projects.

Start checking around for used furniture stores. I have this one store near me where they get all kinds of old and used furniture pieces that are in great shape and at great prices too!

Like I mentioned before, we have lots of activities going on for this summer. But I can’t wait to start diving into new projects once we move into our new home. I am excited to see what I will be able to find. Converting old treasures into beautiful pieces is what I love to do best. If you want to keep up with my new and inspirational projects, scroll down below to join the Pretty Crafty and Wanderful tribe.

How to DIY a Distressed Picture Frame and a Chalkboard

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

distressed picture fram

I love going to the thrift store and finding old things to turn them into new. For this DIY project, I was in search for some old picture frames that I could make new again. It was during a trip that I took to Virginia to visit family was when I stumbled upon some old picture frames.

Every time we travel to Virginia, one of our top to do’s is to go thrift shopping. So we stopped at a Salvation Army, near Staunton. It’s one of my favorite stores to go to because I’ve always found gems in there.



 

Sometimes I find some really nice furniture pieces that I would love to take back with me, but sadly, we never have the room.

So for my latest creation, I painted a distressed picture frame with a vintage, rustic theme. Then I added another picture frame that I turned into a chalkboard to compliment the distressed picture frame with. The total costs of each of the frames were only 99 cents a piece!

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Materials needed:

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Chalkboard paint:
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Chalk paint
Vintage Effect Wash:
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Foam paint brushes
Paint brush
Poster board
Sand paper
X acto knife
Glue gun

1. Clean first, then use your foam brush to start painting.

The first step you want to take when painting anything you bought from the thrift store is to clean it off. I used windex cleaner for everything. You can also use alcohol to clean the glass.

Add grey chalk paint first with the foam paint brushes. Apply strokes in the same direction for a smooth finish.

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Side note: to make it look distressed, leave some spots uncovered.

Let it dry for an hour before you add the next layer of paint. You might only need one layer of paint since you can apply it on pretty thick with the chalk paint.

2. Start painting your other frame with an off-white chalk paint.

While your paint is drying, you can start painting the other frame. I used an off white color of chalk paint to cover the frame with. I had to add at least 3 layers with about a half hour to an hour of drying in between.

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

3. Add chalkboard paint to your poster board.

Next, you can paint the chalkboard with the black chalkboard paint. The material I used paint on it was a poster board. You can trace the back piece of the frame and an X acto knife to cut out the poster board.

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Add paint to the poster board with the foam paint brush. Paint with strokes in the same direction for a smooth finish. Add at least 2 layers of paint with a half hour of drying in between.



 

4. Go back to your first frame and add the Vintage Effect Wash to make it look distressed and rustic.

While you’re waiting for those two pieces to dry, you can go back to the distressed picture frame. Grab the white vintage paint, dip your paint brush, and go!

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Make sure you apply a thin layer first to see how it looks on top of the grey. Add various brush strokes in different directions to keep going with that distressed look.

Try not to cover the whole frame. Like so in this picture. But you can get pretty creative with this part in how you want it to look. I only needed to apply one layer of paint here.

After that frame is dried, I used sandpaper on the sides and the corners of the frame to really pull out that distressed look I was going for.

5. Put your chalkboard frame together after it has dried.

After you’re finished with that, put your chalkboard frame together by gluing the poster board into the frame with a hot glue gun and framing the back piece of the frame so that you can hang it on the wall. Now you can start adding to do lists, favorite quotes, or drawings to your new chalkboard!

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

A distressed picture frame would look great in the front entrance or your living room. Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! Show me your latest project in the comments below!


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