Now that Halloween is over, people immediately start thinking about Christmas. I just don’t understand! What about Thanksgiving?? (If you don’t celebrate it where you are, I forgive you 🙂 )
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it focuses solely on family. You come together with loved ones you haven’t seen in a while to celebrate your love and of course…eat. People say, “Home is where the heart is” and I think this is the true epitome of what Thanksgiving stands for. So to all of you who’ve put up your Christmas trees, decorated, and started singing Christmas carols…..leave me alone until after Thanksgiving! lol
In preparation for our first major holiday as husband and wife, I’ve decided to do a little Fall/Thanksgiving DIY. What’s easier than adding warmth and aroma to your home than a candle? Especially one that smells like dessert!
White unscented candles
Vanilla Extract (I used the cheap imitation kind…didn’t want to use the good stuff)
Glossy Mod Podge
Small Glass Vase
2 8oz Canning Jars
2 Tall table candles
1) Start by gluing your leaves onto the small vase with Mod Podge. I glued the back and then went over the edges. I also didn’t flatten these leaves since they were pretty soft and pliable.
2) While your leaves are drying, cut up your candles. I got mine from the dollar store and they weren’t wax all the way through. There was a powdery like substance in the middle which I thought was weird. I ended up mostly using the tall table candles.
3) When cutting the tall candles, be sure to do it in a way you can preserve the wick. This is what I used for my final candle. As luck would have it, I ended up cutting through a lot of my wick by accident but still ended up with a piece long enough.
4) When you’ve cut up all the wax you need, place it in the canning jars to create a double boiler. I put water in the pot, placed the jars, and then boiled on medium. I also stirred the wax to make the process move along faster.
5) Once your wax is melted, transfer to your vase. BE CAREFUL!!! WAX IS HOT! 🙂
6) At this point, add your cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and orange extract. The liquid ingredients will start to clump because of the temperature difference. No worries, just keep stirring/mixing. This shouldn’t take long.
7) After you’re done mixing, place your wick in the middle and loop it over a pencil to keep it steady.
8) After it cools down a bit, you can put it in the refrigerator to solidify faster. I left it in there for about 3 hours just to be sure. Make sure you scrape down the edges for a cleaner look.
This pic is just so you get an idea of what it looks like. I actually plan to use the candle on our Thanksgiving table. BUT that won’t be revealed until the week of November 24th. Here’s a sneak peek of one of the pieces: