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candle making - the basics to advanced techniques


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candle making - the basics to advanced techniques

What do you do in your free time? Do you sit in your recliner watching reruns of shows from the 80's munching on microwave popcorn? This was exactly how I spent my free time for many years. About a year ago, I went to a craft fair and found some of the most uniquely beautiful candles that I have seen in my life. When I went home, I started looking up how to make those candles and that was when I changed what I do with my free time. This blog is all about making candles. You will learn everything from the basics to the most advanced candle making techniques to try.

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If you're looking to make some one-of-a-kind home décor for the inside or the outside of your house, there are a few different easy projects you can attempt on your own. If you like the shabby chic look of weathered barn wood and rustic signs, you can customize your own pieces to match the current color patterns and styles around your home. Here are a few DIY projects you can attempt with figured lumber or a pallet from local craft stores.

State Sign

If you use wood glue or screws to put multiple pieces of wood together, you can trim the block out to look like the shape of the state where you live. You can put a heart or start in the area where you live in the state. Use any type of paint or stain on the wood to have it match the outside or inside of the house. These can be as big as a window or as small as a book and still look good.

Monogram or Message

A small block sign or large pallet painted with a holiday message, your initials, or even a seasonal image is great décor that you can set against something or hang. You can first paint and distress the wood, and then use stencils or stickers to get the message or picture that you want. You can even paint over it if you want to change the sign over time and create something new.

Picture Frame

Put the figured lumber in rows with uneven ends and glue or screw them all together. Take picture frames and secure them to the wood, so you can still slide pictures in and out. This is a great way to create a rustic or shabby piece of décor while displaying images of the things that mean the most to you, and you can change the picture out over time. You can also paint words or sayings.

If you are looking to get some great wood or pallet décor for your home and you aren't sure where to purchase some, you can make your own without having to spend a lot of money if you take the time to visit your local craft store. You can also purchase some of the supplies online. You can get the pieces that you love in the colors and stains that you want when you do it on your own.