Merry Everything: DIY Soy Essential Oil Candle

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We have our favorite brands of store-bought candles from Anthropologie, Paddywax and Homesick. We will continue to buy them, but we’ve (actually just Jessica) has always wanted to make her own DIY candles. Since it’s the holiday season, and all the warm and fuzzy vibes are everywhere, now was the time to attempt our first DIY candle. Happy to report, I’m hooked. I can’t wait to play with all the scents. I love the smell of doTERRA’s Holiday Joy. It smells like Christmas, which makes me happy.

Materials:

  • Soy candle wax,
  • Essential oils, Holiday Joy by doTERRA
  • Candle wick
  • Glass jars
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • Candle pitcher, double boiler pot
  • pencil or popsicle stick (to hold the wick in place while the candle hardens)

Directions:

Step 1: Melt the wax. I filled a pot 1/4-1/2 full of water, and set the boiler pot inside. Pour 3 cups of wax flakes in the boiler pot, and turn the stove to high to melt the wax.

Step 2: While the wax is melting, prepare the candle jar. Use the hot glue gun to gun the wick to the bottom of the jar. Wrap the top of the wick around a pencil or stick and set on top of the jar in the middle. This will keep the wick in place while the candle hardens.

Step 3: Once the wax has melted, wait a couple minutes until the wax cools to add the oils.  The 3 cups wax made two candles for me, and I used approximately 75 drops oils. It seems like a lot, I know, but when the wax hardens, the smell weakens, and I wanted to smell all those amazing scents. If you plan to a combination of 3 to 4 oils, use about 20 drops of each.

Step 4: Let the candle harden for 24 hours. Once it’s set (and white, no longer clear), cut the wick and add a label. I use my Silhouette CAMEO cutting machine to design and cut a Merry Everything vinyl design.

Have a merry and bright Christmas, everyone!

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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I (Jessica) shared tips on how to make a small space feel like home for Christmas on Real Simple, and not only was it a dream to write for Real Simple (pinch me), it was an added bonus to keep the holiday decor I bought and made for the post. I’ve been in the Christmas mode since October – I like to think of it as just extending the joyful season!

Part of this photo shoot was homemade, and the other half store-bought, just the way I like it. I always love a homemade touch, but life was simplified by buying the rest. One of my favorite parts of this shoot was the small businesses in the Vail Valley I got to work with, such as the Cole and Dainer (blanket) and the LA Antler Co antlers. Jenna made the cute Merry and Bright printable (available in our Etsy shop  here for $5, as well as two others).  I made the wreaths, color-blocked the white houses from Target with black paint, and I’m just mad for those plaid paper fans on top. The cozy fireplace from Home Depot has been keeping us warm, too.

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Thanks to all the amazing people and vendors whose products made it feel so festive! Check out their stuff below – they make excellent Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, housewarming gifts, etc.

Chestnut Hill 68” Electric Fireplace with Sliding Barn Door: Home Depot
Blanket: Cole & Dainer
Antlers: LA Antler Co
Artwork: Merry and Bright and Deer Print
Gnomes: Rubyjane | Valleygirl
Metallic Candles/: West Elm Deco Mercury Candleholders and Organic Shaped Mercury Candleholder
Plaid Paper Fans: Parties That Pop

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See more from the photo shoot, and all the holiday space-saving ideas here.

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Sparkly Holiday Vibes With These DIY Embellished Shoes

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We have a little sparkle in our step this holiday season…and it makes us so happy. We have absolutely no idea why we haven’t made DIY embellished shoes before! This was such an easy, and fun DIY project, and the result is sparkly goodness just in time for all those holiday parties. Momtastic has all the details here on how we created these totally affordable DIY embellished shoes.

Remember ladies…leave a little sparkle wherever you go, whether it’s in flats or heels.

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DIY Lip Balm Pouches Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

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We love our essential oils, and one of our favorite goodies to make with our oils is DIY lip balm. Our lips are so dry in the winter, plus we love when we can put pure ingredients on our lips. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for those that want kissable lips, or want to give a gift of kissable lips, we recommend DIY essential oil lip balm.

Read our DIY lip balm tutorial for the ingredients and instructions. To jazz it up a bit for gift giving, make a cute holder for it – a DIY lip balm pouch. It’s almost like a lip balm sleeping bag. It’s a cute DIY that can be made into all shapes and sizes. We made heart-shaped pockets to hold gift cards for teachers. You can also make DIY felt pouches to hold tissues, treats, and even larger pockets for photos and sweet notes.

This DIY project is incredibly easy. Here’s how we did it.

Materials:

Directions:

Step 1: Cut felt (we bought a pretty library of felt from Target, and it’s thicker than traditional felt, which worked well) into a rectangle larger than the width of the lip balm tube.

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Step 2: Once you have the pieces cut, thread a needle (don’t forget to tie a knot on the end), along the edges of two rectangles that are lined up. We do not have any sewing skills whatsoever, and we did it! Just go in and out of the felt, which will create a cross stitch pattern. Leave the top of the rectangle open so you have an opening for the lip balm.

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Hope you find a way, even if it’s a wave or hug, to spread the love on Valentine’s Day!

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Cheers To A DIY Christmas Stocking With A Wine Spout

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‘Tis the season for holiday parties, gift-giving and all things merry and jolly! We pour more wine around the holidays with all the parties, dinners and let’s face it, stress. So, wine was on our minds when we crafted our next DIY Christmas gift idea.

For this DIY, we’re changing the classic line from the Twas the Night Before Christmas poem that reads, “…the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there,” to instead say, “…the stocking were hung by the bar with care, in hopes that friends and family soon would be there.” Yes, we’re hanging our families stockings in the living room like we always do for Santa, but we’re hanging a few extra in the bar this Christmas, and giving them to friends to spread good cheer. Christmas is all about making spirits bright, right?

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This DIY wine stocking makes for the perfect gift for friends, neighbors and family. Plus, it’s a really fun topic of conversation whether you’re at a party, or having a quiet night in with the girls.

Anyone and everyone can (and should) make these DIY Christmas stockings. Here’s how we made the ultimate stocking stuffer.

Materials:

  • Stockings, .98 cents at Wal-Mart, or other great options at big name retailers
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Boxed wine (we used Bota Box)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun

Directions:

Step 1: First, we upgraded the stockings with about a $3 plaid fabric investment. We didn’t use a needle and thread – just scissors and a hot glue gun. Before the plaid, there was a thick strip of white felt.

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Step 2: Cut out letters for the fun quotes. We went with, Drink Up Grinches, Santa’s Helper, He Sees You When Your Drinking and Dreaming of a White Christmas. We had black letter stickers and just traced as we cut with the scissors. You can freehand the letters though, maybe even using good vinyl stickers to save yourself cutting time all together.

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Step 3: With a hot glue gun, glue the letters to the stocking.

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Step 4: Cut out a small hole in the front toe part of the stocking. If it’s too big, you can always hot glue the fabric tight around the wine pull tab.

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Step 5: Insert the wine bag in the stocking and pull the wine tab through the hole in the toe.

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Step 6: Hang and pour. Cheers!

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