Friday, May 10, 2013

Thing #69: Make my own candles

A quick google search tells me that Arsonphobia is the fear of fire, but what is the opposite of that?  What’s it called when you have a weird fascination with fire?  Not necessarily setting things on fire (don’t be afraid friends…), but when you find yourself in a state of tranquillity while watching things burn?  I have that, whatever that is.  Have I gone too far?  Did things just get weird?  You’re afraid now.  Rest assured that most of the time, logs are the only thing I’m watching burn.

How do I find my way back from this tangent? 

Candles are a fun (and safe) thing to watch burn. 

There we go.

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I love candles so I decided it might be a nice idea to make my own.   My brother Richie bought me the materials (such a thoughtful gift!) and I sort-of followed this tutorial, substituting two old pots in place of a double boiler, glass jars instead of teacups and ignoring the need for a thermometer.  It all worked out just fine.

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I think this would make a sweet DIY gift.  I’d wrap it up with cellophane and a little ribbon and attach a card with this quote from the book One Day, by David Nicholls:

You’re gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence.  It would be the gift of confidence.  Either that or a scented candle.

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€5 has been donated to UNICEF Ireland for the completion of this ‘thing’.  Click here if you too would like to donate online.

12 comments:

Mat said...

i used to be into burning stuff when i was a kick, dare i say it bins, plastics anything. sounds terrible really, nothing bad ever happened but im sure it could have easily done.

i've considered making a candle before, quick easy then? where do you get the stuff from?

Camila Faria said...

What a great idea! Love the quote too!

And that Ctrl+Shift+T fact changed my life! :)

MARTA said...

What a great DIY! Looks like a very nice gift to give to someone special. The quote is beautiful :) And if candles are the way to relax, then go with them!

Ellie said...

Ok this is awesome! Must try.

xx
Ellie

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Ann said...

Thanks for this easy and useful DIY
I love candles especially scented ones.

Krystal said...

i have wanted to try this too, i want to do the one where you put it in a tea cup so i can give it to my grandma! also, you should get a fire dvd...i have one its so mesmerizing!

Elle Sees said...

i have been making these since i was 10 because i love them so!!

maria said...

love this!!! thanks for sharing, girl. I'm going to have to try this. I like Krystal's idea of the tea cup too!

little t said...

Mat, Arts and Crafts supplies stores stock all the stuff you need - or you can just get a kit on amazon?

A fire dvd is an insanely awesome idea Krystal. Genius.

monica said...

candes and thunderstorms are my favourite

little t said...

Oooooooh yeeeah!