Soy Candles

I love candles and every day I have one burning in the house. My favourites are soy candles, however they are just so expensive, so I decided to make my own!

What you need:

  • Candle jars / containers
  • Soy Wax
  • Wicks
  • Fragrance oils
  • Plastic container
  • Microwave
  • Cute things to decorate your finished product

I got all of my supplies from Natural Candle Supply

Step 1

  • Prepare your jar. Stick a wick to the bottom of the jar, I used sticky tape for this.
  • Find something to secure the wick. I used a bag sealer from Ikea!

Step 2

  • Measure how much wax you need, this is roughly twice the capacity of the jar. Just remember not to fill it all the way to the top if you have lids, otherwise the lid won’t go on.
  • Put the wax in your plastic container and melt in the microwave.
  • Don’t leave it unattended!
  • When the wax has melted, pour in your fragrance oil. Natural Candle Supply recommends 8-10% ratio of fragrance to wax.
  • Give it a stir, pour into your jar.

Step 3

  • Leave the candle to set for at least 12 hours.
  • Cut the wick and then decorate to your hearts content



Sharpie Mug

So I’m a bit broke this year and have been scouting for cheap N’ cheerful DIY Christmas gifts!!

I found this inspiration from the many posts on Pinterest (love!) and made it for my very special friend Brendon!

What you need:

  • Dollar store mug – any colour (Brendon loves things bright so yellow it is)
  • Sharpie – an oil based one (I will explain why later!)
  • Paper
  • Lead pencil (2B or darker preferably)
  • An oven!

Step 1 – prepare

  • Clean your mug
  • Choose your design – I got my design inspiration from Brendon himself, who put this up as a Facebook post awhile back.
  • Print it – just plain A4 is fine

 Step 2 – mount it

  • Shade the back of your design with pencil then stick it to the mug with sticky tape.
  • Trace over the design on the other side and the pencil will wear through onto the mug – voila!!
  • All you do next is trace over the design with your OIL BASED sharpie (I used a normal sharpie first and it faded when I baked it…poo…see below)

Step 3 – cook it

  • Put the mug in the oven – when the oven is cold
  • Set the oven to about 220 degrees celcius
  • Bake it for about 45 minutes (timed from when the oven reaches temperature)
  • Turn the oven off and leave the mug in the oven until it is completely cool. This will help set the design.

When giving Brendon his mug for chrissy I’ll be saying, probably don’t chuck it in the dishwasher…reckon that might just remove the design, from what other bloggers have said!!

Total Cost = about $3!!

Vanilla Essence

Yum Yum!! Anything with Vodka is awesome I say 😉

This is soooo easy….

I got the inspiration to make this from Tidy Mom’s blog, and added my own touch!

What you need:

Cool bottles or jars – i just went down to my local $2 shop and picked some up for $1.50 each.
Vodka (cheapest you can buy)
Vanilla Beans – the ratio is about 240ml : 3 vanilla beans
Bottle dress up stuff – to make them look pretty!!

Step 1 – Prepare!

Rinse your bottles in warm soapy water. Let them dry

Cut your vanilla beans in half, then slit them in two – breathe in the beautiful vanilla fragrance..

Step 2 – Masterpiece Creation!

Put 6 vanilla bean sections into each bottle (my bottles were around 240 mlx each), so that is 3 pods.

Fill with zee Vodka – weeee!!! Try not to swig any!!

Step 3 – Tart up your bottles!!

I used one of my favourite printed card sheets, that I got from Spotlight, to cut label backgrounds.

Then I improvised a vanilla extract label and stuck that over mine.

Everything was glued on using Modge Podge, and I did a couple of coats over the top to finish it off.

Then glued on some buttons, twisted on some twine and even stuck a mini spoon to the side of one as a bit of extra on the side. Go nuts!!!

Store them in a nice dark place – pantry is ideal!

Step 4 – Turn Em!

The vodka will start colouring within the first hour or so.

Just make sure you turn them once a week to even out the concentration.

After about 8 weeks you will have vanilla essence and the longer you leave it the stronger it will be!!

Just make sure the vanilla beans aren’t drying out. If they are cover em up with more of the Russian stuff!!