Meet Your New Hobby: Candle Making Edition

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You walk into a room and the scent of apple pie engulfs your nostrils. Is someone baking? No, that scrumptious smell is coming from a jar of wax precisely portioned with scent and color to draw on multiple senses. While I use candles to change my mood, because who doesn’t enjoy torturing their stomachs and taste buds with a good old cinnamon bun scented candle? Many use candles to drown out other scents. A stinky bed room, living room, or the infamous bathroom that was just stink “bombed” by that one guy or girl (yes girls poop too) at work. Whatever they’re used for, they have a distinct reputation of giving a better fragrance to the room for any occasion.

I can admit I am a bit obsessed with them. I can’t walk past a person’s desk without picking up their non-burning candle just to get a whiff of the smell. So… much like my solution for my obsession with shopping at target I decided it might be more “cost efficient” to join the team. Yes, I got a job at Target to get a discount because I liked shopping the clearance end caps so much, and with the same reasoning I decided to commit to make my own candles in hopes to not spend so much money on them.

Kit

The Kit

There is something about a “kit” that makes beginning a hobby seem much easier. Rather than fumbling around from the start making sure I have all the tools I need, If I can buy that one box of things that provides me with all the starter tools I am more likely to do it.  When I received my candle making kit for Christmas I was hopeful in starting my new projects. I imagined all the scents I could mix and match even who I could gift them to. See 5 Ways To Start Your Hobby With A Discount to see more about how I get my hobby supplies without breaking the bank.

When I opened the box and started pulling the pieces to my candle kit out, a fear of difficulty overwhelmed me. There was my childhood self, doubting the hobby before I even started it. If you want to read more about my silly childhood self check out 6 Reasons To Stop Doubting Your Hobby Pursuit

Pushing through this thought I began reading the directions and they were simple. The kit provided all the tools to create a simple candle and described how to do it quite well.

The kit included:

  • Wax
  • Wicks
  • Vanilla Scent
  • 3 glass jars
  • A double boiler
  • Thermometer
  • Stir sticks

This was, in my impression, a very good kit for a beginner candle maker. Here is a link to the one I have Soy Essentials Scented Candle Making Kit

Candle Wax

Extra supplies or refilling

A major thing about this hobby like many “well established” hobbies is they dedicate most of if not an entire aisle at the craft store to its supplies. So you will never have to search high and low to find what you need. If you live near a Hobby Lobby you can also find many refill items there and the benefit of Hobby Lobby is they have 50% off sales on these products very often. Not to mention they have an ongoing 40% off your single most expensive item at all times if you can pull it up on your smartphone. There is of course Amazon  to help you find the out of the ordinary parts to put your own twist on this hobby. When just starting a hobby I like to find the items quick, get to experimenting, and then bring in the full blown operation later. Which is why getting a kit like this gets me moving forward quicker with my hobby. Soy Essentials Scented Candle Making Kit

Along with my kit I wanted to try other scents so I purchased a peach-mango, apple pie, and lavender scent. Here is a great scent kit to start yourself off with other scents too Fragrance Oil Sampler Set With Bonus Oil- Green Apple, Clean Cotton, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Bonus Berry Cobbler- Scents For Candle Making and Soap Making- Works in Diffusers, Warmers As well as a different style of wick that is made with wood to create a fire wood burning type sound.Wood wick- Genuine Wooden Wicks for Candle Making DIY Candle 50 Sets – Brown, 15cmx1.25cm

Upcycling a possibility

Another plus about this hobby is a lot of times you can find jars, the vessels for holding your candles, just around your house. Did you use up the last of that spaghetti sauce or eat your last pickle? Well there is a perfectly good jar that, after some cleaning, can be re-purposed into a candle container. Just make sure you clean them thoroughly otherwise you could be gifting a pickle scented candle to your Aunt Susie.

Candle Light

Besides the obvious benefit of getting to have as many candles as you want there are several other reasons candle making can be a great hobby.

  1. Gifts to others
  2. Several ways to grow your skill
  3. Can experience with others
  4. Time frame for this hobby can be short or extended
  5. Easy set up and take down

Recently I have noticed that all my friends and family have purchased wax melting units which eliminate the burning of a wick at all. You just plop a scented wax cube or beads in to the cup and it heats them to melted form to dispense the scent. This I love! As you can plug these vessels in, turn them on and not have to worry about an open flame. So I have ventured into creating these non-wick waxes.

I got my mom a diffuser like this one for christmas, and then made the scented wax melts with my kit for her.  Candle Warmers Etc. Pluggable Wax Warmer, Fragrance Releasing Decorative Plug-In Nightlight Warmer, Moroccan Metal .She loved the half homemade half purchased gift.

It was extremely simple to make these wax melts with my silicone heart shaped ice mold. You could find different shapes of ice mold to appease the different personalities in your life. With just a tiny bit of oil to line the ice molds the wax popped right out of the mold perfectly shaped once dry. Here is a kit of ice molds a lot like mine with a couple different shapes included.Silicone Molds- SENHAI 3 Pack Candy, Chocolate Molds Ice Cube Trays – Hearts, Stars & Shells, Fun, Toy Kids Set

A major thing I like about beginning candle making is wax is re-meltable so I could experiment a little before determining I was happy with my finished product.

Watermelon Candle

Playing with this hobby I not only found a new appreciation to the store bought candle in my living room, I learned a lot of do’s and don’ts throughout the process. It is not as simple as I thought to properly boil wax, plop some scent in, and place a wick to create exceptionally smelling candle I desire, but it is also not difficult to get started. So this is the exact reason I like it I am still challenged to find the right portion of scent to wax, and continue to research new ways to scent a candle. There are several versions of candle I have yet to venture in to yet and look forward to taking those next steps. I am no pro at this hobby but in my experience if this sounds fun to you do not hesitate to get started. Candle making can be a great way to make money if you pursue it far enough, and with all the different types of candles there is always a new challenge around the corner.

If you’ve decided candle making is not your thing, check out my blog on whom in your life can help inspire your hobby at 5 People To Inspire Your Hobby or stay tuned for my next hobby trial to see if that might be your calling.

5 Ways To Start Your Hobby With A Discount

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I am no extreme couponer or penny pincher, but if you’re a person like me who often pursues new and different hobbies, it can’t hurt to learn to save money when and where you can. There are some tips and tricks you pick up to save what you can on new projects.

Although I did have a moment at the grocery store where the one item I had a coupon for also was buy one get one free and seriously considered extreme couponing as a new hobby due to the excited rush it gave me, I haven’t quite worked up the drive it takes to take that on yet. I have however learned to take a discount or get my money’s worth out the resources easily accessible to everyone.

Below I have listed some simple ways to save money when you are beginning your hobby or pursuing it further.

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Use your Birthday or Christmas

If what’s holding you back is spending all the money it takes to get in to a hobby. Then put those items on your gift list for the next holiday. As an adult I typically have a hard time thinking of gifts I want for these holidays anyways as I am usually content with my basic necessities. This is when a new hobby item comes in handy because you do not have to spend the money on it and the person gifting you the gift can be sure they are getting you something you want.

Another way to use your birthday to save money includes certain points programs you sign up for at stores will ask for a birth date. A lot of times if this is provided they will send you a birthday discount. I do not always sign up for these points programs at stores because just about every store has them and I would not be able to keep a bag large enough to keep all the program cards, but it can’t hurt a thing to sign up at your favorite most shopped stores.

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Groupon or Living Social

The people who know me well call me out as the Groupon queen. While it’s not always from https://www.groupon.com/ that I find my deals or coupons, but that is what my friends and family think. I am constantly stating “There is something on Groupon for that!” sort of like the saying “There’s an app for that” it’s not that I am constantly searching Groupon for everyday use coupons or discounts, but I do search for gifts, hobby, and outing ideas. I have a skill of absorbing the knowledge of what other people want or need and end up finding deals for that on Groupon so I make a mental note to share it with them. That is why I am called the Groupon queen because in their eye’s I must come home and scour Groupon for everything because I am always talking about it.

These sites can provide a great way to start your new hobby at a discount. It’s how I got started in archery because I found a majorly discounted lesson, and equipment rental. There are so many options from food, sports, local events, and fun. I even search it when we travel to find outings where ever we visit.

If you’re not familiar with https://www.groupon.com/ or Living Social they are platforms that offer the ability for typically local businesses to advertise for themselves by also providing great discounts. This allows the consumer to see what’s local and check it out for an awesome price, as well as provides an easy convenient way to purchase online.

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Recurring Coupons:

Many hobby stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels have recurring percent off coupons. Most the time you can even pull these coupons up on your phone right in the checkout line as you wait. Hobby Lobby for example does a percent off your most expensive item, so if I need multiple items for my hobby I’ll bring a friend (okay my husband who is obligated by marriage) so we can check out separately with a coupon and buy a couple of the items I need on discount.

Craft Supplies

Hobby Give Back:

Okay there is not exactly always a return policy on a hobby you’ve invested in, but there is no reason to not get a little return on a hobby you tried and maybe it was not for you. Make a Meet Up, Start a local Facebook event, or get together with friends and see if you can trade unwanted hobby materials. Facebook has come out with a “Marketplace” where you can sell items like a garage sale. There are even stores that are dedicated to buying your leftover hobby materials to resell. You may even develop some friends to be inspired by in your journey.

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Upcycling

There could be items lying around your house that can be used for your next hobby. You may even find items at a garage sale for a fraction of the price that pertain towards your hobby. For example in the picture above, an old lunch box was upcycled to be an electrical housing for a fishing boat. This person saw a new need in order to grow in their hobby and was able to modify an already owned item instead purchase something brand new.

Don’t let costs of a hobby keep you from pursuing it, dream big, open your mind to new possibilities, and try that hobby. It could be your calling. A high percentage of the time there is always a way to save money when starting or continuing to pursue your hobby. Any other discounted ways to start a hobby I missed? Did you have a hobby you did not start because you were worried about cost?

Don’t have a hobby yet? Check out my list of people to inspire you and your next hobby here. 5 People To Inspire Your Hobby

5 People To Inspire Your Hobby

 

Why not be inspired by the exact hobby of someone you know. They can provide you with a great advantage of advice on what to do and what not to do in starting the hobby. Whatever you fear is holding you up from starting a hobby could be the same hurdle another person had to jump to get where they are today. What could it hurt to ask them how they got over it? If their hobby is not exactly what you want to do let it inspire a new hobby of your own. Either way working together with others to get your hobby going can encourage them to grow, and get your feet off the ground with your interest as well. Whether it is a hobby or life lessons the five following people in your life could be great sources of wisdom.

A Co-Worker or Boss

A while back I had met a couple at work and quickly discovered that if they wanted to do something they went for it. I watched as their passions ensued on Facebook and all the joy it seemed to bring to them. And no I am not just talking about the portrayal of happiness some people try to keep on Facebook. I am talking true happiness of experiencing following their dreams and it poured from their attitudes at work. They were interesting, encouraging, and downright inspiring. We quickly became friends and they truly motivated me to take on my interests in full force even if I feared failure. I learned a lot from this couple as they seemed to have short term and long term goals for their hobbies. They would set their little goals to get to the ultimate final goal and made it happen every time. This couple has gone through several hobbies now some have stuck and some have been put aside, but they do not regret any of the experiences they’ve had along the way. These type of people in my perspective will have advice about several different types of hobbies and can give good guidance about what to do and what not to do to get started.

A Sister or Brother-in-Law

A great example of Hobbybacking (hobby piggy backing) my sister-in-law loves baking. I on other hand do not have a baking bone in my body. What I do have is the love that she loves baking therefore I try to encourage her hobby with baking gift baskets full of fun new baking things. Gift baskets, a hobby? Of course it is and if your hobby can make other’s hobbies thrive than even better. Not only is it a hobby but if you love it enough it could become a business. You do not have to have anything in common with someone in order to relate with their hobbies, you just have to want to support their hobbies. This in my experience will always give you some sort of learning experience towards your own hobby or passion.

Your Best Friend

She has kids, she works out, her house is immaculately clean, and works a full time job. Yet she still finds time to have a hobby. Here is a perfect opportunity to hone in on her ability to do it all and while you may not enjoy the same hobbies. She may still have some amazing tips on how she does it. I find myself coming home from an 8 to 5 Forty hour a week job and I am “too exhausted” to do anything. Yet there is so much more time in the day to do a hobby; obviously so if my best friend, on top, of her job gets so many more things done in a day. So if you’re not interested in her hobby at all at least hone in on her skill to make use of all hours of her day and then some. All in all she may feel great just knowing that some one sees her efforts to have it all together.

An Aunt or Uncle

I have learned a lot from every single one of my wonderfully talented Aunt’s and I appreciate all of their hobbies. As a tomboy growing up, shopping was never really my niche. Then when my parents sent me out to North Dakota to visit my Dad’s side of the family his eldest sister taught me really how therapeutic it is. My Dad’s other sister taught me to enjoy the little things, she could find joy in just about any activity, making it her own. While their hobbies range all over the board I have learned so much from each and every one of them, and most of all received tons of words of wisdom along the way. My parents are absolutely inspiring in their own way, but sometimes hearing their brother and sisters ideals on life can open your mind to a different perspective.

Teens/Kids

A younger generation’s view on things could be just what you need. It seems a little off beat to think about it, but kids sometimes have the greatest hobbies.  Maybe it’s because they haven’t been sucked into the adulthood duties yet and have extra free time or they do not have the responsibility of bills yet. There is nothing blocking their imagination from adult reality opening their minds to all options. Sometimes as adults we stunt ourselves from reaching for the stars because the real world has truly slapped us in the face hard.  As education evolves so does the extracurricular activities offered or made available for children and teens. Maybe it’s a hobby you can do with your kids, nieces and nephews, and family that everyone enjoys. Possibly your hobby is supporting your kid’s hobby, but all that matters is it’s something you enjoy yourself.

While it’s easy to see what someone has or does and be jealous of it, it’s much easier to create a crowd of people around you that you support and they support you, sharing in each other’s hobbies. Trying new things with your friends and family may not start your next big life change but they can create lasting memories. I want to hear who inspires you. Any other people you would add to this list? What hobby have others inspired you to do?