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DIY: Coffee Candles

Sometimes the smallest thing can turn your apartment from a rented space to a cozy home. Decorating can cost a lot of money, but if you’re up for a little creativity and craftiness, you can get the job done without breaking the bank. One great way to do this is to add some candles to your place. Candles can be incredibly overpriced, and sometimes don’t even smell good! Because of this, NYMM has found a great DIY project to make your own candles that look and smell amazing!

1. Get your supplies together

To begin, you will need to collect a few supplies. Grab the bowl or glass that will hold your candle. This can be whatever matches the décor of your apartment, or whatever you happen to find around the

Next, you will need candle wax. For this, you can either buy wax chips from the craft store or chop up an old, unscented candle. It is important that this wax is unscented, as you will be adding your own scent.

You will also need a candlewick.

For this specific candle, you will need coffee beans and vanilla beans. If you don’t like the smell of vanilla coffee, there are plenty of other scents you can use to make your candle. The coffee beans can remain as they are, but you will need to chop the vanilla beans.

2. Making your candles

To begin making your candle, you will first need to melt the chopped wax. You can do this in the microwave or using a double broiler. While the wax is heating up, glue the bottom of the wick to the bottom or whatever glass or bowl you decide to use. Then, while holding the wick up at the top, pour a small layer of the melted wax into the container.

After you have added this layer of wax, add a layer of coffee beans and vanilla beans. Finish the candle by adding the last layer of wax on top of the beans.

You are welcome to mix or disperse the beans as you want them in the wax.

3. Enjoy!

After you have finished these steps, you can simply wait for the wax to dry and trim the wick to the proper length. When you are finished, you will have beautiful candles that look and smell amazing!

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