Category Archives: Things to make

DIY Walnut Candles

These sweet little candles are a lovely project for a cosy day at home. They make wonderful decorations for Autumn and winter too.

These walnut shell candles are known all over in the Czech Republic as a typical Christmas tradition and decoration, they have also became rather popular in the waldorf community.

They are lovely to give to friends and family as gifts too. It’s best to try and purchase pure beeswax as they are natural and free of chemical additives or toxins. Beeswax helps to purify the air and is a sustainable source too.

Here is what you will need;

•100g of Natural Beeswax, or an alternative (soy wax) I bought mine on eBay for £7. This is enough to fill around 10 walnut halves

• Candle Wicks

• Walnut halves

• Large Pan

• Jug and spoon for pouring wax, I have an old jug and spoon I use every time I make this, they take a little cleaning if you want to use them for food again!

• Tin can, cleaned and ready for use. Only heat wax in metal. Plastic or glass will melt or shatter.

• Food Thermometer

• An old tea towel to stand your walnut halves on is handy, if you are quite messy like me.

How to Make

Take your pan and and add approximately 2 inches of water and bring to the boil. Add your beeswax to the tin can, and stand this in the pan.

The trick to melting beeswax is low and slow! Keep the pan of water at a steady simmer, stirring the wax. It may take around 10 mins to melt.

I use a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the wax. It should melt around 62-66 Degrees Celsius.

Don’t allow it to pass 77, it will discolour and loose it’s lovely odour.

While your wax is melting, prepare your wick by cutting pieces that are approximately 1” long (you’ll trim them at the end, you so cut them at a length that is slightly longer than you’ll need)

Now your wax is ready to pour. I transfer it to a glass jug to make it easier. Pour into your walnut halves.

After about 5 minutes the wax will begin to set and the colour will be more solid, at this point pop your wicks in, the wax should be set enough to hold them straight.

After maybe 1 hour they are all set and ready to use.

These look so lovely as table decorations, if you like making these, check out Pumpkin Candles these are very similar but instead of walnut halves, I use munchkin pumpkins, they are perfect for Autumn time.

I’d love to know if you give them a go! Thank you for reading,

Amy x

DIY with Dandelions

Dandelions are everywhere right now, that pop of springtime joy ~ with the promise of summer not too far away.

These pretty little flowers can be used for their soothing properties in lotions and balms, they can relive sore muscles and soothe dry and chapped skin.

Today I am sharing three makes you can use these little beauties for, I have made dandelion oil, solid lotion bars and skin salve.

Firstly you need to make dandelion oil as this will be the ingredient for the other two items.

Dandelion Infused Oil.

Preferably on a lovely sunny day, collect some dandelions, enough to fill your jar half full (approx 350ml)

Give your flowers a good rinse, lay them on a towel to dry, this should be a cool place, not in a very sunny and bright spot or on a radiator etc as the flowers will go to seed.

After a couple of days when your flowers are dried, pop them back in the jar and cover with oil. You can use many different oils, such as olive, sunflower, coconut etc. I used sunflower, as it makes a cheap and simple base.

Leave them to infuse, in a lovely spot with lots of sunshine for 2-6 weeks, you can then strain your oil and it’s ready to use.

If you are really impatient and want your infusion quicker, you can pop your jar into a small saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Heat it over a low burner for 2-3 hours, keeping a close eye that the water doesn’t evaporate. Remove from heat and strain.

Dandelion Salve

This is so simple to do and makes a really lovely balm, perfect for really dry hands.

Makes around 100ml

You will need;

50g Dandelion infused oil

50g Shea Butter *

15g beeswax or if you prefer to make a vegan version, candelilla wax

Old jars, I am using 2 x 60ml jars.

I add a couple of drops of oregano oil too, for antibacterial properties, you could omit or add your chosen oil, lavender for soothing etc.

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Add the ingredients to a heat proof container, glass jug etc. I’m very fancy and use a metal food can and an old metal knitting needle to stir, haha!

Pop this into a few inches of water in a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring occasionally. When all the ingredients have completely melted (at this point add your essential oil if using) remove from the heat and pour into your jars.

It will take around 15 minutes to cool and set, then it’s all ready to use!

Solid Lotion Bars

These are really lovely to keep by the sink after washing your hands.

To make 6 small bars

You will need;

60g Beeswax or if vegan, Candelilla wax

1/4 cup Shea butter

1/4 cup dandelion infused oil.

Optional a few drops of chosen essential oil.

Moulds ~ I am using some small silicon cases.

This recipe is really flexible and you can double/ triple the amount depending how much you would like to make

Measure out the beeswax, shea butter, and dandelion oil into your heatproof container as for the salve.

Pop this into a few inches of water in a small saucepan and heat very gently, stirring occasionally.

When all the ingredients are completely melted, add your essential oil if using.

Pour your mixture into the moulds and leave to set in a cool place for around 1 hour.

Ta da! You have some lovely moisturising bars!

Happy making! 😊

I have been bitten by the diy bug… I’m off to the garden to see what else I can infuse and make into pretty things 💛

Amy xx