Easy DIY Handmade Candle Gifts

DIY Candle Gift

Originally, when I purchased this candle making hit from Hobby Lobby, all I wanted it for was the pot to melt my lotion pops and lip balms. The kit was $23 regular price but of course I brought out the 40% coupon and got the kit for $14. Me being me, I saved the candle making contents for another day to experiment. As the holidays are fast approaching and my budget getting smaller, I pulled the candle making contents out to check out what I had to work with. The contents included palm wax, a color/fragrance wax bar, thermometer, 9 wicks and 3 little tins to make the candles. Well how do you include 9 wicks and 3 tins?

I headed to my favorite cheap crafting solution store… The Dollar Store! I found a set of 3 little plastic dishes that look like cupcake wrappers. I bought 3 sets of 3 to go with the 9 wicks. Now my total was $17 for 9 gifts minus the wrapping or bags they will go in.

Now the kit did originally come with instructions which of course I couldn’t find because I was looking for them. So I just kinda winged this part as a learning process….

First, I warmed the water in my pot and placed the pot from the kit in the water to create a  double boiler. While the water and pots were warming, I placed the wicks inside the containers.

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Second, I placed about half of the bag of wax into the pot and let it melt down. I did stir occasionally using a silicone spatula that I use for the body products. You can use a spoon that you don’t mind not using for food again.

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Third, I added half of the color/fragrance bar and allowed it to melt down. Continue to stir once in a while to get an even coloring. My coloring was a dark green and the fragrance was a sweet floral scent which I really do like. While that was melting I placed chopsticks (pencils would work as well) next to the wicks to help keep them in place when I go to pour.

Fourth, after allowing the wax to cool for a few minutes (Not to long or it will begin to solidify), I poured the wax into the containers. I did this slowly so that the wicks would get shifted and the wax was even. I didn’t realize that one of the containers had a crack in the side so a little wax did come out until the wax started to solidify.

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It took about an hour for the candles to cool down but I think they are very cute and easy to make for a gift. Now to figure out what to wrap them in??

Here is a link the kit on Amazon which is more expensive than the Hobby Lobby price but still a great way to save some money by making multiple gifts to give at one time.

Candle Making Kit

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DIY Dollar Store Advent Calendar

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I grew up enjoying the chocolate filled advent calendars which my kids and have adopted the advent calendar tradition. These advent calendars are hot commodities in my area and sell out very quickly so we have learned to be on the hunt for them. Last week, Danyella and I went into Hobby Lobby and found the calendars…

They wanted $8 for an advent calendar that was smaller than the ones we have bought in the past. No way was I going to pay $8 for cheap chocolate in a cardboard box! That is just absurd inflation when I could make a better one for the same price or cheaper.

So, I headed to my favorite place for cheap crafts…. The Dollar Store! I purchased snowflake printed zip bags, small bags of Danyella’s favorite candies, a pair of socks (she loves penguins), lipsmackers, holiday bracelets and holiday erasers. Plus I had some holiday kisses to use as well. All of these would be fun treats for her to open once a day and better than the overpriced advent calendar. I already had leftover wrapping paper, tape and a cardboard box to cut up and I printed the numbers through my Google Docs account. So I spent a total of $7 plus tax for our DIY advent calendar!

Materials:

wrapping paper

cardboard box (cut into the size/shape you desire)

tape (I preferred double-sided but you can use regular clear tape)

printed numbers 1-24

fun goodies for 24 days

zip lock baggies

Directions:

  1. Create 1-24 and cut each number out than tape them to the bags
  2. Fill the bags with your goodies
  3. Wrap the piece of cardboard with the wrapping paper
  4. Create row with the tape to stick the bags (I created 3 rows starting with 24 at the top and ending with 1)
  5. Press the baggies onto the tape for the kids to peel off each day
  6. Place your advent calendar on display and start on December 1st

Teacher Crayon Jar DIY Holiday Gift #teachmetuesday

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Even though we Homeschool Danyella, I have many teacher friends who love Holiday gifts. So today we are featuring a DIY mason jar decorated with crayons that is so easy the kids can do it themselves (with some help/guidance of course). Once the jar is decorated, you can fill it with their favorite candy, snack or flowers!

 

Supplies:

1 Jar (mason seemed to work best for us)

Double sided tape

48 or 64 count crayon pack (depending on how big your jar is)

Ribbon

Jar filler

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Directions:

  1. wrap 1 or more rows of the double-sided tape around the jar. I did 2 rows of the tape but 3 would have made it more secure.Photo Nov 14, 2 26 03 PM
  2. Let the kids decorate the jar with the crayons. Just be sure to press the crayons against the tape to keep them secure.Photo Nov 14, 2 33 04 PM
  3. Cut a large piece of ribbon to wrap around the crayons and tie a bow. We learned it was easier for me to do this part because Danyella was getting frustrated with trying to hold the ribbon in place and tie the bow.Photo Nov 14, 3 08 57 PM
  4. Fill your jar with the teacher’s favorite items and you are ready to place the gift in a box or gift bag and give to your teacher!

Halloween or Fall DIY Glass Pumpkins Decor Under $8 #teachmetuesday

DIY Glass Pumpkin BowlsUnder $8It’s Teach Me Tuesday and we are continuing our Halloween/Fall theme with DIY Glass pumpkins which you can make 2 for under $8! These pumpkins are cute for your porch, table or another place in your house. If you opt to get plastic bowls or can trust your child with Glass (even with the 10-year-old I am weary) you can have he kids participate in making these pumpkins!

Originally, I was going to do one pumpkin and one leaf bowl but our leaves went from green to a yucky brown so it was not even worth the attempt. Some of supplies came from the Dollar store which were the 2 glass bowls and the package of 2 battery-powered tea lights. The Modge Podge, foam brush and tissue paper came from Michaels. The price breakdown: bowls $2, lights $1, Modge Podge $2.50 (40% off coupon used), brush $.50 and tissue paper pack $1= 7! Plus, I have enough to supplies to pick up a couple of more bowls and make more for the Thanksgiving Decor or if I get other tissue paper, they would make a cute gift! img_2148

Directions:

Cut the tissue paper into small squares, rectangles or any other shape you desire

When applying the Modge Podge to the tissue paper on the glass, I always dab the Modge Podge on first to create a sticky surface.

Then, I sponge the Modge Podge over the piece of tissue paper to help the paper soak it up.

Next, I swipe the Modge Podge over the paper to ensure it’s stuck on the glass. For the Jack-O-Lantern, I added the black triangles after the layer of orange was placed down on the glass. Note: A little Modge Podge goes a long way!

After allowing them to dry for a few hours, I placed the tea lights in the bowls and enjoyed them.

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