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Nothing says “home” more than the delightful flickering of a candle flame.
Candles are a wonderful way to add style and warmth to your home. They can also release a beautiful aroma that freshens and fragrances the air.
Unfortunately, many store bought candles are packed full of dangerous chemicals that release a storm of toxic fumes into your home as they burn. Most candles are made primarily from paraffin which releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned, some candle wicks are made from lead cores and release harmful amounts of lead when lit, plus store bought candles are usually stuffed with artificial fragrances which can cause irritation or trigger allergic reactions.
That’s why in this blog post we want to share ten beautiful homemade candle ideas that will not only decorate your home, but will also naturally cleanse and fragrance the air.
Super Simple Beeswax Candles
These beeswax candles are so simple to make requiring no special skills, no special materials and no complicated processes. Beeswax is a beautiful golden color, it cleanses the air and has a delicate natural scent similar to that of honey. If you like you can add essential oils to the melted beeswax to naturally fragrance these candles.
Olive Oil Candle
This is a great idea that not only makes a beautiful candle, but once you learn how to make these you’ll be able to create a light source using items readily available in your kitchen – great for emergency power cut situations!
To get the full tutorial for making your own olive oil candles, visit LittleHouseLiving.com here.
This is probably the cleverest idea in the list! Did you know you could turn an orange into a beautiful candle that burns for many hours gradually releasing its orange aroma? Well you can – and it’s incredibly easy!
Find out how at CherylsDelights.com here.
French Vanilla Candles
These beautiful candles made with coffee and vanilla beans will release a beautiful fall aroma that will make your house feel warm and cozy as the nights draw in.
Find out how to make them at HenryHappened.com here.
These floating candles have been specifically designed with summer in mind. The presence of citronella essential oil acts as a powerful mosquito repellent so placing these floating candles around your garden will help you have a mosquito free summer!
Having said that, you can customize these candles with different scents to make them more appropriate for fall and winter, too.
This is a unique candle making method using ice cubes that adds an unpredictable texture to your candles. These can be made by melting down half-used old candles or you can start from scratch with soy wax. The end result is a beautiful candle block with character and a wonderful aroma.
Lavender Beeswax Teacup Candles
This lavender beeswax candle looks charming and elegant when melted into an antique teacup. The tutorial calls for the addition of 12 drops of lavender essential oil – but substitute this to create any aroma you like! Try cinnamon essential oil in fall or rosemary essential oil in summer.
This is a very clever idea for making candles in drinking glasses to look like cocktails. These cocktail candles would make great gift ideas for friends and family. The tutorial suggests making Margarita candles, red wine candles and beer candles but there are an endless number of possibilities!
Get the full tutorial with photos here.
Birch Wood Candles
This isn’t really a tutorial for making your own candles – but more making your own candle holders. Using some birch tree logs you can create stunning candle holders that add a rustic feel to any home. If you are lucky enough, you can collect the birch logs for free in your local neighborhood, but you can also buy some on Amazon if needed.
This is another candle holder idea – and one you should definitely keep in mind for the festive season! It makes a great decoration or table centerpiece. All you need are some cinnamon sticks, a small jar and a glue gun.
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