earlier this week i had the strong urge to craft something. nothing too involved, but something that would make me feel accomplished at the end of my efforts. so, i browsed facebook and pinterest in search of something fall-ish, seeing as how the new season is just around the corner. come on, september 22nd!
i’d say after about a half hour of hardcore scrolling, i finally came upon the craft that i would attempt to satisfy my creative needs: a homemade pumpkin pie candle! i mean, how much more autumn can you get? the financial and time effort seemed relatively beginner-level, so i made a list, grabbed my reusable bags, and headed out the door to gather my supplies. i optimistically walked into the local binders art supply store, assured they would have everything i needed. well, what do you know. binders doesn’t offer candle-making supplies; the cashier told me i’d need to go to hobby lobby or michael’s to get that sort of stuff. ah! well, good thing there’s one right down the road from me. discouraged not a bit, i drove right on down to michael’s and got everything i needed. then, because i didn’t like the jars they had at michael’s, i moseyed into world market to find something cuter. well, wouldn’t you know that they had just what i wanted! i swear, world market is my soulmate store. so, after finding a couple other things that looked like they would make me happy, i returned home with my purchases.
the first thing to do in this craft is prepare your oil so that it will be all pumpkin-infused. this step was rather straightforward. however, i highly recommend you follow davida’s instructions, which clearly state to not bring the oil to a boil, just a light simmer. however, my patience was wearing thin when i saw no bubbles after about ten minutes, so i cranked up my stove to heat things up. well, wouldn’t you know that the oil bubbled up (and nearly over) tremendously when i added the pumpkin pie spice. oh, and i ruined a perfectly good spatula because the temperature was too high. well, lesson learned…eventually i at last got the oil cooled off and put in a little jar to infuse for five days.
once the oil was infused, i was ready for the rest of the project. i got the wicks all semi-attached to their jars, cute little raffia ribbons tied around them, and then got to work on melting that wax. what i am going to advise here about the wax melting is this: i highly recommend you use some older pots and spoons and ladles. not that any of my kitchen supplies got ruined, but i had to soak the pot for a good two days just to try and loosen the wax so that i could actually wash the thing.
anyway, once the wax starts to melt (it won’t take long) go ahead and scoop out the liquid wax into your little jars. i thought about pouring the wax directly from the pot to the jars but quickly reconsidered when i realized i only have two hands and probably needed four to truly do the job right. besides, the ladle i have has little side spouts, so that made for easy pouring.
the only thing i will say that was difficult at this point was that i couldn’t really stir the infused oil with the wax. the wax started clumping so quickly that the “ingredients” never really got mixed. the result? a funky looking candle, as you can see below. now, am i proud of my craft? well, of course! i just hope that the lucky recipients of these cute little jars appreciate the homemade-ness of them.
regardless of my few mishaps, this craft was simple and fun and did awaken some fall sensations inside me. once it’s officially autumn, i plan to bust out the scarves, soft boots, and psl’s immediately. 🙂