Most candle makers start out making votive or container candles. They’re easy to make with reliable results. These candles, using gel wax, are technically container candles, but they’re votive sized, so I consider them votives. I always have a few of these on hand for any time I just want to add a small candle accent to a table, bathroom or bookcase.
The water may be chillier outside…but here is a way to warm it up a bit – a fun combination of fire and water…floating candles! This project is a variation on my Basic Floating Candles, but I’m using a two piece floater mold. Fun! And I used this amazing Chrysanthemum Fragrance Oil that fills the house will a lovely almost-Autumn scent.
Here is a marvelous way to bring a touch of autumn into your home – and facilitate good hand washing – single use autumn leaves hand soaps. It’s an easy project for the kids and a wonderful way to impress your family and friends. It uses silk/polyester leaves soaked in melt and pour soap. They’re “single serve” soaps – you use them and throw them away. Your kitchen and/or bathrooms will look and smell lovely!
Halloween is coming up quickly. If you’ve already got some pumpkin soap or pumpkin pie soap curing on the shelf, the next thing to do is to get your house or office decorated with Halloween candles. With just some sheets of wax and cookie cutters, you can make some easy Halloween appliqué candles, or, for the more adventurous, two fun projects that use a Balloon Candle Shell as the base are Ghost Candles or Jack O’Lantern candles. I also love making rolled beeswax candles this time of year. Something about the honey-scented natural beeswax just says “Autumn” to me.
It’s beginning to look a lot like…well…autumn and Halloween! Pumpkins are in the grocery stores in all shapes and sizes. Here are some fun candle and soap making projects for you and your family to enjoy during this marvelous season.
Well…I must admit. I first published my recipe for pumpkin soap over 8 years ago. Since then, every year, I make at least two or three batches for my house and for friends.
But last year I decided to try something different. Instead of a swirled soap, it’s a layered soap with goat’s milk for added richness and cornmeal for a bit of natural exfoliation.
I’ll make a batch of the old school swirled pumpkin soap too…but I must admit, I like the natural exfoliation of the corn meal on this one!
Soap and candle makers are indeed a creative bunch of folks – and most of us share a sense of respect, wonder and love for our craft. A new book by Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon called Crafting Calm discusses the ways that we can connect with the Divine through our crafting – that crafting can be as much a spiritual practice as it is an endeavor in creativity – actually, she posits that expressing our creativity is connecting with the Divine – that we are all “creators” through our crafts.