The Perfect Christmas Gift, with a Touch of Lavender

 Lavender Candle 1

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time to think about what gifts we will be purchasing. Choosing gifts is one of my favourite parts of Christmas, I love to find gifts that I know people will love, or even better gifts that I can make myself, as people do like a nice homemade gift.

There are hundreds of gifts that you can make, but one of my favourites is the simple dried pressed flower candle, not only is it incredibly easy to make but it is such a fabulous gift and I haven’t had any complaints yet!

I like to use dried lavender stems, but you can of course use any dried flower you choose. The beauty of these gifts is that they are incredibly quick to make, which leaves you more time to enjoy the best of Christmas.

Supplies Needed

• Glass jars
• 1 block of beeswax (I used 1 1/2 blocks to make two candles)
• Wick
• Dried Lavender stems (100% dry)
• Clean empty tin can and a saucepan
• 1 old paintbrush (you can throw away afterwards)
• An old knife
• Cutting board

Instructions

  1. On the cutting board, use the knife to chop the wax into smaller chunks that will fit within the empty can.
  2. Place a few chunks of wax into the can (or double boiler), place the can into the pot, and add 2″ of water. Heat on medium until the wax is melted, then lower the temperature until the water calms to a simmer.
  3. Dip the brush into the melted wax and apply the pressed flowers to the inside of the jar. Bear in mind that the flowers won’t stay completely put when you pour in the wax, but this will help them stay towards the outer edges. To anchor the wick, dip the metal end of the wick into the melted wax and lower it to the bottom of the jar. The melted wax will adhere the wick to the bottom.
  4. As the wax melts, add more chunks until the can is nearly full. Once the wax is completely melted, use an oven mitt to very carefully remove the can from the water, and slowly pour the wax into the jar. Depending on the size of your can, you will likely have to melt more wax, repeat these steps until the jar is full.
  5. To keep the wick from sinking, gently tie it around a pencil or chopstick. Allow the wax to cool completely. Trim the wick to 1/4″ before burning and always remember to keep the candle within sight while it’s lit.

 

Image & Recipe Source
http://blog.freepeople.com/2014/08/summer-meets-fall-pressed-flower-candles/

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