By now y’all know that my love for candles runs deep. I mean DEEP, y’all! As does my love for vintage shopping. Through the years, I have collected many old jars and crocks. Some (not me!) might say too many. I see a vintage Ball mason jar with metal bails and I have to have it. A small mustard crock… it cannot be left alone on a shelf in a store, can it? It must come home with me! It’s a problem.
I will say this, I use them often. Some I use for storage, but I love to use them for fresh flowers in the farmhouse most of all. With the new year upon us and the overwhelming urge to purge, I was going through the cabinet where I store such vessels and I was shocked. Actually, it was more like astounded, at the number of vintage vessels I have acquired over the years. My soft spot for vintage jars and crocks has become, dare I say it, excessive.
Although I may have more than the average person, I am not ready to part with them yet. I found myself trying to figure out how to keep my precious vintage finds, but also make more use of them. Then, just like that, it hit me. I have always wanted to make my own candles and this was my chance! Up-cycling items I have, but don’t use… yes please!
I feverishly YouTubed how to make your own candles. After a few clicks of the mouse, I was anxiously awaiting the delivery of my supplies. I had to buy a metal pitcher, natural soy wax flakes (which came with wicks, score!) and fragrance oils. I chose a set of fragrances called the Southern Collection because… well… it seemed fitting! Heaven knows, I had plenty of vessels thanks to my vintage shop obsession (seriously, it’s more like magnetism). And, thanks to our love for Thai take-out food I had plenty of wood chopsticks too.
I was all set and ready start my own candle making business… Just kidding! You think with a husband, two kids, two horses, four goats (one being a 6 week old bottle fed baby), a pig, twelve chickens, two cats, two dogs, and a blogging/influencing business I have time to start a candle company?! I don’t think so! I was, however, very excited to try something new.
One Saturday afternoon I found myself alone while the boys were at a soccer tournament for the weekend. Instead of binge watching Netflix, I found myself making candles for hours. It was so much fun! I had the best time coming up with different fragrance combinations. Do I sound like a dork…? Maybe I should have watched Netflix like the cool kids. Anyway, I’m not kidding when I tell you that I was having a blast. I had so much fun that I ran out of vessels. Considering the abundance I started with, that’s saying something!
I’m so excited to share this DIY with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I now know that no vessel is safe in our home thanks to my new candle making obsession! I wish the vessels in your home, “Good luck!” Enjoy!