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Gift and Product Packaging

If you follow me on Pinterest you will know that I love quirky packaging and wrapping.  Even if you aren’t on Pinterest you can check out my ‘Packaging and Wrapping’ board here to get an idea of what I mean.

This Christmas my sister-in-law gave me some handmade goodies for Christmas (hooray – ironically I don’t seem to receive many handmade gifts!)  She gave me jam, biscuits and some spice rubs, and they were all wrapped up in cellophane.  They looked fab.  Inspired, I went out yesterday to buy some cellophane and started wrapping my handmade candles.  Now I know florists have been doing this for years so I am not claiming to have found out anything new, but I was so excited with the results I had to post some pictures.

This is the finished unwrapped candle.  I made these a few days ago using pots that used to contain a Marks and Spencer pudding!   I know the button is a little bit of ‘iMake overkill’ – I’ll replace them with plain wooden buttons later I think.  The candles are scented with a blend of essential oils called Summer Rain:

This is the wrapped version, complete with mini card from Moo:

Here is a wrapped tea cup candle:

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Handmade Tea Cup Candles

I have had a lovely day experimenting with candle making. This morning I had a mooch around the charity shops and found some gorgeous vintage cups.  I then came home and had my first attempt at making scented container candles.  I had no idea about measurements or anything, I just experimented.  These candles are scented with ginger, cinnamon and mandarin, so really festive smelling.

Here is a slide show of the candle making process:

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Here are the finished candles.  Enjoy:

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Beeswax Candle Tutorial

As promised, here is how to make rolled beeswax candles.

You will need:

  • A sheet of beeswax per candle
  • Wick string
  • Scissors
  • A surface to roll the candle on (I used my kitchen work top but it was a bit of a pain to clean up so I suggest you find some cardboard or an old placemat to roll on!)

1) Lay out your wax and trim your wick string so it is at least a centimetre longer than the width of the wax at each end (I always allow a bit extra and trim it later).  Lay the string on the wax, as I have done in this picture:

2) Begin rolling by folding up the edge of the wax to trap the string.  Roll away from you until the string is secure.  Then tuck one end of the string in and continue to roll the candle away from you, as tightly as possible.

3) Keep rolling until the candle is finished.  Press the edge of the wax with your thumbs to secure it, and trim the wick if needed.

4) I have wrapped my candles in greaseproof paper and string…


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