Looking for a thoughtful but budget-friendly gift idea, be it for a birthday or for Christmas? These DIY scented candles in personalised initial mugs are just the thing!
Ocean loans put together an autumn homeware haul to encourage people to celebrate their homes at the start of autumn – the time when people start spending more time at home. They kindly gave me £50 to splash out on a bit of home décor to refresh my living space for autumn, but rather than spending it on an item like a cushion or vase (of which I have plenty) which can clutter a space, I wanted the opportunity to make the most out of their gift, and to make something myself, and make something for friends and family.
So I bought some candle wax and candle wicks on Amazon, bought two gold initial mugs from Anthropologie, and treated myself to some Elemental Herbology products that I’d come across whilst staying at Ockenden Manor. The candles look and smell so lovely, and they would make a perfect personalised gift!
Here’s how to make them
You will need:
- 1 bag of candle wax (this usually comes broken up into little pieces which makes it easier to melt)
- 2 candle wicks (or more depending on how many candles you plan to make)
- Something to contain the candle in – be it a pretty bowl, personalised mug, or even a simple jam jar
- An essential oil of your choice – I used bath oils, but you can find concentrated oils online and make your own blend!
I chose ‘Wood’ for him, and ‘Earth’ for me (these are just the smells that we picked out and liked the best).
1. Pour the candle wax pieces into a heat-proof bowl, and place the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, to slowly allow the wax to melt.
2. Once the wax is melted, stir in your essential oil – I used about 1 and a half teaspoons of concentrated oil per candle (bearing in mind the mugs are quite large!).
3. Place the wick in the container / mug, metal base side down in the bottom, and keep it in place by wrapping the top of the wick around a stick or skewer (I used a chopstick).
4. Pour the wax into the container / mug and let the wax rest and harden for at least 10 minutes or so, until it has set solid, then snip off the excess wick. That’s it! Just wrap the candle as a lovely gift, or place it in your home to add a lovely scent.
Feeling inspired I used the leftover wax to make some little lavender scented candles in small Kilner jam jars, as gifts for our neighbours. I used some lavender essential oil as well as dried lavender from the garden, but I would recommend just sticking to the essential oils as I think the lavender could be a bit of a fire hazzard in hind sight!