‘Tis the season for spring cleaning, and along with that comes an inherent desire to make everything in your home smell amazing. Candles are dandy, infusers are fab, and a little incense wafting through your living space is lovely, too. Another home fragrance option that you might not have considered are beautiful, scented wax sachets that you can tuck into your drawers, hang in your entryway, or loop around a hanger in your closet. Today we’re giving you the DIY on these pretty little things, which are super easy to customize based on your own preferences.
What You Need:
- Candle wax paraffin (for pillars)
- Silicone mold
- Essential oils or perfumes
- Flowers and herbs
Melt your wax down completely. To do this, use a double boiler or bain marie. DIY your own by boiling a large pot of water and then placing a heat-safe bowl (or second pot) over the boiling water. For 1-lb of wax, the melting process will take about a half hour.
Once you’ve melted the wax completely, fill your molds about halfway full. We’re using circular silicone molds that make the wax easy to pop out. Feel free to get creative with other shapes!
Moving quickly, apply about five drops of your choice essential oil (or perfume) to the melted wax in the molds. The oil may harden on contact because it is colder than the wax, but it will melt quickly as you stir it. To make your life easier, we recommend stirring with a toothpick or something else disposable. And for the record, we used lavender and rose essential oils (separately).
Now’s the part where you can get really creative! Start placing your bits of herbs and flowers into the wax. There’s no method to this — just have fun! We’re using dried baby rose buds, calendula, lavender buds, large rose petals, pink carnation petals, and violet pieces. We also used some freshly picked yellow flowers.
Protip: you can source lavender, rosebuds, herbs and teas from the bulk section at your local grocer. Another idea is to dry out fresh flowers that you may have bought or received in a bouquet!
To seal your buds, pour a thin layer of wax on top. We let some of the flowers peek through the wax for a textured effect. Once you’re finished, let the wax harden at room temperature so it doesen’t crack. This should take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Slip your wax sachets out of the silicone molds once they’re completely dry. Using a straw, gently poke a hole at the top of each.
String your tweed through each and tie a double-knot at the top. You can also try ribbon or fishing line! Finally, hang throughout your home (or even in your car!) and enjoy a space that smells amazing!
Pictured: Meaningful Meeting Sleeveless Top
Speaking of spring and floral wax sachets, it only make sense that we threw on our Meaningful Meeting Sleeveless Top after completing this DIY project. It features little white flowers that flutter gently in the breeze!
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