How to make your own candle

Over fall break, I revived my love for candles. Because I burn candles so often, I thought what better project than a low-cost option to create candles instead of buying overpriced ones? Depending on your style and scent preference, with candle.littlethings.com they’re many different options to create.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Wal-Mart: A wax cube pack (scent of your choice; in this case I went with cupcake), corn syrup and tape.

Michaels: Two pint-sized (16 oz.) jars with inserted glued wicks, rainbow sprinkles and one pound of soy wax flakes.

What I already had: Water, pencils/pens to hold the wick in place, measuring cups, a pot, glass bowl and a glass measuring cup with a spout.

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To begin, mix 1-2 tablespoons of corn syrup and 2-3 tablespoons in a bowl with your brush. Lightly coat the interior of the glass jar. Turn the jar horizontal and coat the interior with sprinkles. Be sure to turn the jar in a circular motion to spread the sprinkles evenly.

Using a double boiler, or a make-shift one, with a pot and heat-proof bowl. Fill your pot half full with water and bring to a simmer. Melt the wax along with three to four wax cubes.

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Pour two cups of wax using your glass measuring cup. Try pouring the wax directly in the center of the candle, leaving the wax you haven’t used boiling so it doesn’t dry.

 

Tape your two pencils together around the wick to hold it directly in the center and freeze for three hours.

 

 

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Now you’re ready to burn your candle!

Overall Time: 30-45 minutes

Overall Cost: $30 (but it makes two candles)

Overall DIY: Yes!

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How to make a cheap, sweet treat!

Summer ends as we transition into fall, and what better way to end the season with a fun new Popsicle recipe? The recipe seems simple enough, but word on the street is that the taste doesn’t live up to the look.

With that said, here’s what you’ll need: Sprite, Haribo gummy bears, and popsicle trays. All of these items can be bought at your local Walmart.

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The “to-do” is quite simple. Throw some gummy bears in the trays and fill with sprite! Due to the consistency of gummy bears, be intentional about how you place them in the

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trays so they can be evenly distributed. Once frozen for a few hours, slowly twist and pull the popsicle out of the tray to make sure it’s frozen onto the plastic base.

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Enjoy this picture of me in my Lipscomb shirt enjoying my fresh made popsicle!

Although this treat is low-cost and easy to make, I did run into one minor flaw. When I took my first bite with the gummy bear, the exterior of it had a consistency similar to apple sauce, while the interior was still stiff like a normal gummy bear. My only thought was this could be due to the carbonation in the soda…

With that said, my advice would be to allow the soda to go flat and then fill your popsicle trays.

Overall cost: $4

Overall time: 3 hours

Overall DIY: Of course!

What’s your favorite sweet treat recipe? Be sure to answer here so I can give it a try!