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DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Candle and faux plant with iPad placed on desk - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Learn how to makeover a desk from the thrift store! In this tutorial, I will tell you how to DIY your own geometric design for your desk project. Perfect for beginner DIYer’s! I will also tell you how to sand, stain, and paint your own piece of furniture! Don’t have time to read it now? Just pin it here for later.

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This has been one of my favorite projects by far! I’ve been looking forward to providing a space for myself to work in and we’ve had this old desk for a few years now. I was telling my husband about how I needed a space to work in and that I wanted to look for a new desk. He responded by saying that I could use this desk for my workspace.

I looked at him and rolled my eyes. Because I hated this desk. We had bought it at the thrift store a few years ago for only $10 dollars. He originally bought this desk for his own workspace to produce music and write.

I didn’t think this desk could live up to my expectations…

To be honest, I didn’t think it would be worth it to redo this desk. It looked really worn down, and there were some parts of the desk that were missing and it was chipped. I felt that this desk was beyond my repair and a waste of time. But I wasn’t getting anywhere without a space to work in. And my husband certainly wasn’t budging in getting me a new desk.

Brunette girl sitting on stool in front of desk - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Desk drawers with green and white acrylic paint - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Desk with green and white acrylic paint - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

So, this was it. I used my brainstorm power and all of my creativity to come up with something that would revive this old piece of furniture. The more I looked at it, the more ideas I came up with. The more ideas that came to mind, the more that I started to fall in love with this desk. I realized that this was a new challenge for me. I wondered about the possibilities for bringing this desk back to life.

Here’s what my initial ideas were for this DIY desk project.

My first idea that came to mind was the colors. I searched on Pinterest for ideas and I had decided to pick out my favorite color, dark green. It’s earthy, reminds me of nature and plants, and I thought it would bring me happiness each time I could work in a space that had my favorite color to look at.

The other thing that I loved about this desk was the top part of it. It had its original woodwork still intact. And I loved that It was showing the natural wood grain. That was another part of this piece of furniture that reminded me of the forest, plants, and nature. My third idea was to make it look modern. I love all things modern.

Desk with clipboard, books, and faux plant - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Desk with a faux plant, ipad, books, and clipboard - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Desk with a faux plant, ipad, books, and clipboard - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

That’s my style. I’m really into mid-century modern designs, neutral tones, and geometric shapes. So, I came up with the idea to draw a geometric modern design for the drawers and a pop of color to make sure they stuck out. I really love white and bright things. And I felt that white was the only color that would fit best with the theme that I was trying to go for.

I originally wanted to paint triangles across the desk’s drawers. But I kept it simple.

My initial idea for the drawers was to draw geometric triangles and have a bunch of stripes running across with only a tiny bit of wood showing. I still liked that idea, but I had to think long and hard about redoing this desk. So, I scratched that idea and decided to keep it simple for the most part.

So, watch my video tutorial here to see how I re-stained and painted my desk. Or, you can just read on with these simple directions.

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Supplies you’ll need for the DIY geometric desk:

1. Use a sander to sand down your furniture

This is a necessary step. Many people choose to skip this step because they think it’s time-consuming and hard work. So, they just go straight to staining and painting. But keep in mind that your stain color will be off if you don’t sand down to the natural wood. And you only need to sand down the first layer to get the glossiness off when you paint. This is to ensure that the paint sticks and adheres to the wood.

Quick tip: Be sure to wear safety glasses and a mask. This is to prevent getting all of that dust in your face.

Many people also choose to go with chalk paint because they’ve been told that it is thick enough to cover any piece of furniture without sanding. But I have heard that this is not true. And in this case, chalk paint can get really expensive. I like Behr because it is acrylic paint that lasts and covers with only two layers.

So you can use the sander that I have. It works great and gets the job done. This was my first time using my sander and I love that it already comes with sandpaper, a bag to store it in, and extra parts to get the hard to reach places.

Take this advice from me when you use a sander for your DIY project.

My advice when using a sander is to let it do its job for you and don’t be intimidated by a power tool. It only takes a few minutes to sand down a piece of furniture like this. And if it’s your first time sanding, make sure to sand in the direction of the wood grain so that it gets all of that old stain color off your piece. You can watch my video here to see how I sanded down my desk.

2. Apply pre-stain and stain.

So, after you’ve sanded down your piece of furniture, you can apply the pre-stain. Make sure to read the directions on the can and do this in a well-ventilated place! The pre-stain that I used had a very strong smell to it and it gave me a headache. So, I made sure to keep the windows all the way open while I worked. You can also do this outside if it’s a nice day out. Unfortunately, it was too cold for me to work outside.

Apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain with a stain pad or paint brush. Wipe off the excess pre-stain before it dries. Let that dry for about half an hour. Then apply your stain color with the stain pad. Once you’ve applied your stain, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. The longer you leave your stain on, the darker the color will be. Once you’ve let the stain sit, wipe off the excess color and let it dry for 4 to 6 hours.

3. Now you’re ready to paint!

I drew out my design first on paper before I applied it onto the desk drawers. This helped me to visualize it instead of guessing to see if it would look good. Then you can tape off your design with painter’s tape. Paint in the areas that you choose. Wait a half hour before adding the second layer of paint. And let the whole thing dry for a few hours after. I practically waited overnight to let the paint dry. Then, I touched up a few areas that I had missed.

I ended up staining the drawers first, and then I painted over them. The whole desk was a hot mess so everything needed to be re-stained first before I painted. This is because I still wanted some areas of the wood grain to show so that I could make my design look geometric and modern.

Quick tip: If you mess up your stain or paint, you can always sand it down again and start over. This happened to me in the middle of my project where my toddler decided to paint the top of my desk while I wasn’t looking. Thankfully, that did not turn into a huge disaster!

4. Lastly, use pretty office décor to set up your new desk!

Most of my items came from Target’s dollar section. The candle is from Forever 21 and the artificial plant is from IKEA.

Candle, faux succulent and iPad placed on desk Desk with a faux plant, ipad, books, and clipboard - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

Books and ceramic hedgehog placed on desk Desk with a faux plant, ipad, books, and clipboard - DIY Geometric Modern Desk Thrift Store Makeover

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This is a Valentine’s day special for you mamas who want to whip up something quick to keep your skin feeling soft and looking fresh. I love this recipe because it requires simple ingredients and it is very easy to make. Not only is it easy to make, but it turns out to be looking so delicious that you’ll want to end up eating it! I know my daughter wanted to get a quick taste!

A simple recipe like this is great for you if you have dry skin. Although, it is not for you if you don’t like greasy lotions. But the body butter absorbs quickly into your skin. And you can’t use this recipe if you have a nut allergy.

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What is so great about homemade whipped body butter?

Well, it has many added benefits for your skin. What’s there not to love? It’s rich in vitamins, great for sensitive skin, helps fight acne, stretch marks, and rough dry skin. Plus, the lavender essential oil is amazing for skin rashes, redness, and calming relaxation for aromatherapy. I always use lavender as my go-to choice of essential oil.

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Here are some things you should always know before making your own recipe.

Always be sure to do your research when purchasing essential oils. Some may contain chemicals which will be toxic for your skin. You also have to make sure that you dilute your oils before you apply directly to the skin. There are many carrier oils that you can use to dilute. For this recipe, jojoba oil and coconut oil are great for use as a carrier oil. I used a 5% dilution for a stronger scent to the body butter. Plus, the lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin without irritation. For some other oils, or if you have sensitive skin, you may want to use a 1 to 2% dilution for EO.

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Why you need to make this recipe.

Aside from the skin benefits, its fun to make! And you’ll be proud of yourself for making your own homemade whipped body butter without having to spend a fortune on expensive creams. Sometimes, the best products are the homemade recipes because you know what you’re putting on your body.

And you don’t have to worry about what type of ingredients are used in items that you buy from the store. I mostly bought my items through Amazon, but I also like the products that are sold on this site. I haven’t tried them yet, but I’ll definitely have to get my next order through Mountain Rose Herbs.

It’s also a nice little hobby to have when you want a little break from the rest of the world.

I think it’s good to break up your routine, especially if you’ve got the winter blues this time of the year. Another reason you need to make this recipe is that it makes a great gift to give to someone for Valentine’s Day. So, if your thinking of hosting a Galentine’s day party, then think of using this recipe to give to some of your other mom friends as a little self-care V-day gift.

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Learn how to make your own body whipped butter for Valentine's Day. This recipe is so simple and it makes the perfect gift to give. #Valentine'sDay #DIY #WhippedBodyButter #Recipe Making this homemade body whipped butter also has benefits to your mental health. As a stay at home mom, it can be hard to deal with post-partum depression and anxiety. But the best ways that I have dealt with that is by keeping my mind completely occupied with fun things to do.

It encourages me to keep the negative thoughts out of my head and making your own self-care products seems to be therapeutic in a way. So, if you struggle with this as I do, then this is the hobby that you’ll want to have at your fingertips.

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Supplies you’ll need for homemade whipped body butter:

This makes about 3 or 4 small (3 oz.) mason jars. And 3 to 5% dilution of essential oil. Make sure to grab my FREE Project Planner Checklist from the Freebies Library today!

  1. You’ll need a hand mixer. Although I used a spoon to mix it up, a hand mixer is a bit more essential for this recipe.
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  5. Essential oil of your choice – I used lavender oil
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  7. Mixing bowl
  8. Saucepan or double boiler

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Valentine’s Day Homemade Whipped Body Butter

Learn how to make your own homemade whipped body butter for Valentine's Day this year. This is such a simple recipe that only takes a few ingredients and it makes the perfect gift to give.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Whole Recipe1 hr 30 mins
Total Time15 mins
Keyword: DIY, Homemade Body Whipped Butter, Valentine's Day Recipe
Servings: 4 3 oz. jars
Author: McKinsey Weyant

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Shea Butter
  • 30 ml Jojoba Oil
  • 18 to 30 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 1 sprinkle Soap Dye Mix in for desired color

Instructions

  • Grab a saucepan or a double boiler and place it on low heat. Pour jojoba oil into the saucepan, then mix in the coconut oil and stir until melted.
  • Cut the shea butter up into small chunks and add the small chunks into the pan. Stir until melted. Then pour ingredients into a bowl.
  • Place the bowl into the freezer to let it cool down. Then take the bowl out of the freezer to mix and stir in the drops of essential oil.
  • Place the bowl back into the freezer for about an hour or until the ingredients turn just solid enough to mix and stir up.
  • Once ingredients become solid, use a spoon or a hand mixer to whip and stir up the ingredients. Keep stirring up the ingredients until its whipped and whiter in color.
  • Place 3 to 4 oz. of whipped butter onto 3 or 4 different plates. Add a sprinkle of soap dye and mix until you have achieved the desired color.
  • Add the whipped butter into 3 oz. mason jars. And keep in a cool place or refrigerator if you have a warmer house.

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Why You Should Use a Coconut Rose Salt Scrub in Your Self Care Routine

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Do you have a self care routine? If not, then why don’t you? Is it because you feel that you don’t have enough time? It’s easy to become distracted with many things in your life. But maybe you should start with one and make time for it today. Having your own self care routine is important for your own mental health and physical self. A self care routine doesn’t mean you need to take an hour long soak in the tub. There are different ways to take care of your own self. And sometimes you just have to get creative with it. In fact, I have a free self care starter workbook that you can download in the freebies library when you sign up for weekly newsletters for Pretty Crafty and Wanderful.

What I like to do for my self care routine.

As part of my self care routine, I like to save it for a Sunday. And the reason why that is because it gives me a little refresher if I’ve had a crazy week. It also helps prepare me for a new start with the week ahead. I like to incorporate self care on Sunday by getting up a little earlier than my daughter and husband. I just enjoy drinking my coffee and sit there with no digital items on hand. Then I’ll shower and use my coconut and rose salt scrub. And then I’ll put on a clay mask and a face moisturizer after.

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I’m not really the type to have so many beauty products. In fact, I’m pretty basic when it comes to beauty. But I do love to feel relaxed and have a lazy Sunday. I just recently added a salt scrub to my self care routine and I’m totally okay with never looking back. It’s sort of become a newfound obsession and it’s made me inspired to look into making my own natural organic salt scrubs.

This is the scrub that I just recently bought and there are no regrets. It smells delicious, makes my skin feel oh so soft, and it takes all the stress away. I’ve never felt more rejuvenated.

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So, what are the benefits of using salt scrubs?

It’s no secret that salt scrubs are beneficial to you. By all means, this isn’t anything new, but if you’re not familiar with the benefits, they are great for replenishing, removing dead skin, and it stimulates the production of healthy skin cells. It also makes your skin feel soft after exfoliating, and it gives your skin a cleaner feel. The only thing that’s new to me is the ingredients used in this product. It contains coconut oil and rose extract.

What’s so great about coconut oil and rose extract?

Coconut oil is amazing for your skin. It’s useful for things like moisturizing the skin and it has vitamin E. But did you also know that coconut oil has anti-microbial properties? This means that you can use coconut oil to fight acne or eczema if you have really dry skin. And rose extract also contains antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, D and E, and other minerals. It’s properties make it useful for hydrating dry and sensitive skin.

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When should you use a coconut rose salt scrub?

I’ve been using the Coconut and Rose Salt Scrub once a day while I’m in the shower. The one that I have is used as a body scrub only. So I tend to use this on my shoulders, hands, and feet. But my favorite use for this salt scrub is right after shaving my legs. And I have to say, my legs have never felt more smooth before this.

You can also use salt soaks if you are more of a bath person and you enjoy soaking in the tub. But if it’s a day where you just need to use a beauty product quickly before your on the go, then I suggest using the salt scrub while your washing your hands. It’ll make your hands feel super clean and really smooth. That makes it useful for anyone who gets dry hands in the winter. I know I get a little bit of eczema where my wedding ring sits, and the coconut rose salt scrub has helped tremendously for healing my dry skin.

Now you may be thinking, why not just use a moisturizer while you’re on the go? To be honest, I’ve used all kinds of moisturizers and it’s just not the same effects that I get using a salt scrub. Plus, I feel like I have to keep using a moisturizer over and over again.

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Where can you get other salt scrubs like this one? 

You can either make your own or you can grab a similar product like this one through Amazon today! So start your self care off right by using a coconut rose salt scrub in your daily routine. You can also be sure to grab my FREE Self Care Starter Workbook today in the freebies library. Join Pretty Crafty and Wanderful for weekly newsletters from me inside your inbox and exclusive DIY, Motherhood, and Inspired Living content just for you. Sign up below today!

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A Simple Budgeted DIY Dresser Makeover for Toddler Bedroom Decor

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Looking for a simple, budgeted dresser makeover tutorial for your toddler’s bedroom? Well, you’ve come to the right place! I am in the midst of redecorating my toddler’s bedroom with decor finishes in a neutral modern look with pops of color. In fact, I have a preview of what is going to be in her room right here in this inspirational neutral vintage vibes post. But along with her new bedroom makeover, I have a dresser and a nightstand that I was handed when I was ready to have my little one. And I think that they were in need of a fresh new look. So let’s get started here with this tutorial. And make sure you grab my FREE Minimal Project Planner Checklist from the freebies library today!

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Materials for dresser makeover:

Remove hardware and sand down furniture.

With any piece of furniture, you want to make sure that you sand it down before you paint it. (Even if you plan on using chalk paint.) Sanding down your furniture will ensure it has a smooth finish and so that the paint sticks to it for a good long while. If you have a piece of furniture that needs to be sanded down, then check out this great post on how to sand furniture. Thankfully, I only had to sand down a few spots on the dresser and the nightstand because there were no nicks and it didn’t have any high glossy finish. It was last painted with spray paint, so I only needed to sand down a few rough areas on the dresser.

This is the sander that I have and sandpaper I use:

I was able to go ahead and take off all of the hardware first before sanding. Unfortunately, the drawers don’t come out for some reason, so I would take out the drawers if you can when painting a piece of furniture. It makes the whole process easier. The only hardware that I had to take off for these pieces of furniture were the knobs. I decided to replace them anyways to give it a whole new look. With this project, I used a sample of paint that I had received from Home Depot. The color is Soft Lace by BEHR Premium Plus. It was already a paint and primer in one. Yes, you can order paint samples from Home Depot and they only cost around $3 with free shipping!

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Start painting your furniture and give it two to three layers.

After you take off your hardware, and you’ve sanded your piece, you can start painting with a brush. I had used some paint brushes that I already kept in our basement. But you can get the correct paint brushes that I recommend.

The dresser and nightstand were super easy to paint because there weren’t a ton of details on it. In fact, you could probably use a small paint roller if you wanted to for this kind of project. Once I got the first coat, I gave it an hour to dry and then I painted the second coat. Give your dresser makeover at least two to three coats for a long-lasting finish. Then give it a day to dry before you put the hardware back on.

Replace your drawer knobs with these vintage-looking ones.

The next thing I did was order these vintage-looking knobs from Amazon. I think they are so pretty and they really stand out on the dresser after I put them on. To make your dresser look even more vintage, you can use a medium to high grit sandpaper to sand the edges and corners. This project only took me a day to do between letting the layers of paint dry and putting the hardware back on. I think this is going to look so pretty in my daughter’s room once everything is put together. I can’t wait to post her new bedroom reveal. Did you like this quick and easy dresser makeover tutorial?

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How to Make Soy Candles with Lavender Oils and Dried Flowers

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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?

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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.

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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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