DIY Lavender Candles

Learn how to make your own lavender candles in 30 minutes!It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of September. If you’re in denial that summer will soon be over, or just need a calming moment to deal with the rush of fall, you’ll want to make these lavender candles! Here’s how:

Time: 30 minutes + set time
Materials: Atelier Stella bowls, wax, thermometer, wicks, fragrance oil, pouring pot, hot glue gun, scissors

Learn how to make your own lavender candles in 30 minutes!Instead of using a glass jar, I used these cute bowl from West Elm (hello, how adorable is that face). They’re out of stock online now, but I saw some in stores the other day. They also have a vase version if you didn’t want to use them for candles!

Learn how to make your own lavender candles in 30 minutes!Using the double boiler method, melt your wax in the pouring pot on the stove. As the wax is melting, prep your bowls by glueing your wicks (about an inch apart) in place with a dap of hot glue. If you’re using a smaller bowl, you might only need one wick. For a standard size, I recommend two wicks to get an even burn pool. To keep your wicks upright, wrap them around a skewer or pencil until you hit the rim of the bowl where they can rest.

Learn how to make your own lavender candles in 30 minutes! When wax is completely melted, and the temperate is at 175°F on your thermometer, add your scent and stir well.

Learn how to make your own lavender candles in 30 minutes!Pour wax into your bowl. You can even add lavender here to give your candles that extra scent boost and a bit of color. Let set until wax hardens, snip your wicks, and you’re done!

Learn how to make your own lavender candles in 30 minutes!This was my first time making candles and I really couldn’t believe how easy it actually is! You’re really just melting wax to reform it in a jar. Now that I have the supplies (which is really the only reason I didn’t do it in the first place), I have a feeling I’m going to be making a few of these for holiday gifts!

Learn how to make your own lavender candles in 30 minutes!

Learn how to make your own lavender candles in 30 minutes!

Product for this post was provided by West Elm. All options are 100% my own. 

Colorful Desk Accessories (Under $25!)

Colorful Desk Accessories (Under $25!)Even though it’s a Monday, that doesn’t mean work has to be completely boring. Okay, so maybe that’s a lie. The weekend is clearly better. But one way to get to 5pm faster is to make your desk a place full of inspiration and color. If you’re on a budget, then you’re in luck– all of these cute desk accessories are $25 or less! And when your boss asks you why you’re online shopping instead of working, you can at least say it’s for office moral.

1. Pencil Cup $7

2. Rainbow Glitter Tape $7

3. Binder Clips $6

4. Ellepi Stapler $24

5. Desk Organizer Tray $24

6. Neon Lepen Pens $15

 

Friday Links

weekend inspiration Happy Fridayyy! I don’t know about you but I am beyond ready for the weekend. It’s been a whirlwind over here this week and a recharge sounds like absolute perfection. Well that and I also finally got a TV, so it’s just been calling my name. Any show/movie recommendations you have would be MUCH appreciated. In other news, and by request, I’m going to start adding more photos for these Friday Links. Hope you like them and that you enjoy your days off!

– This inspiration board makes me want to log off Pinterest and cut up some magazines!

– Have still have yet to try a smoothie bowl, but I have my eye on this recipe.

– Just the cutest bungalow makeover!

These s’mores are probably worth the weight gain. By probably I mean 100%.

– The windows of my dreams!

– Low maintenance house plants forever.

xo
Rachel

PS Philly friend, I’ll be teaching a workshop with the APA soon! Check it out here!