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Three of my besties are moving into new places, and I thought candles would be the perfect housewarming gift. Candles are one of my favorite decorations- they are beautiful and functional! Like most other things I like, I set out to DIY it.  I wanted to start basic, so even though this pin looks amazing, I opted to try basic pour candles.

I ordered wax and wicks on Amazon- hooray for Prime- and when it arrived I had to laugh at how giant 5 lbs of wax actually is! Steve thinks I’m crazy. I melted the wax down in the microwave for two minutes, and mixed in Gardenia scentI also purchased on Amazon. Gardenias are one of my favorite flowers. My grandmother has a gardenia bush outside of her house and she would pick one for us to have on the road when we left from visits. The smell is so distinct and sweet, and reminds me of her- I love it!  I decided not to add any color to the wax because gardenias are white, and because they are gifts so I wanted to keep them color neutral so they worked in my friends new homes. If you want to add some color, the easiest way is to add some crayons. Literally- grate up that old Crayola and toss it in the wax until you have the desired color!

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After your scent and/or color is mixed in to the melted wax, set the wick by putting a little wax on the bottom and sticking it to the bottom of the container. Ideally you can let it dry enough to hold steady before pouring the wax in. After you have poured to the desired depth, center the wick and secure it in place with whatever you have around the house- pencils, chopsticks- anything to keep it from moving. Then it’s a waiting game. Once the wax dries you may get a little sinkage around the wick. Not sure if sinkage is a real word- but I’m going for it. Just pour in a little more wax on the top and it will cover it up nicely.

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 Then cut the wicks to the desired length, and enjoy your homemade candle!

love and candy,

lindsay