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The One Thing I Will Never Buy at Either Target or Anthropologie

published Sep 4, 2018
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After searching high and low, from Target to Anthropologie, you’ve nailed your home’s signature scent. The problem is, that scent is either a ridiculously expensive candle or it’s been discontinued before you could stock up!

I started looking into DIY options after I got caught in both those scenarios and I’m never looking back. I love how easy DIY candles are to make, I know exactly what’s in them, and I can personalize the containers however I want. Just find your favorite scent ratio so you can quickly recreate the magic every time.

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Once Fran of Fall for DIY realized how thoughtful and personal DIY candles could be, she batch-made lavender, vanilla, and magnolia sets for her family and friends for Christmas! She even has printable labels for you too.

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There’s something nostalgic about beeswax candles, especially if they’re made from rolled sheets. Making these could not be easier with Caitlin from The Merry Thought’s DIY and they’ll surely brighten your holiday table.

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Are bugs keeping you from enjoying the last vestiges of summer? Tell the bugs, bye. You can add citronella oil to your DIY soy candle like Sarah from Room for Tuesday and have more options for matching your candles to your patio decor.

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Did you know you can buy beeswax bars at your local farmers market? I bought several bars left over from making wood butter and decided to turn the extras into an essential oil candle. The beeswax by itself has a faint, honey scent that is so deliciously warm, but you can also scent the candle with essential oils for a custom blend. And if you’re worried about working with wax, it’s an easy clean up.

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One of the best reasons to make your own candles to is reuse cute containers! These adorable candle containers were originally yogurt jars Katie of Purely Katie upcycled into thoughtful party favors.

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I love all DIY candles, but I’m especially partial to the crackling fireplace sounds of a wood wick. These from Coco Kelley just add that extra dose of coziness that’s perfect for a night in.

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Julia’s (of Bildschoenes) candle is a double thank you in a mug! Show someone you appreciate them first with a lovely candle, then again once they’ve burned through it and can use the mug.

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Since craft stores are already displaying holiday merch this time of year, we’re giving ourselves a pass to share this advent calendar candle idea. I had no idea you could transfer prints ONTO candles and I love this unique take on a classic tradition.