Category Archives: Crafts

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF…

Homemade Deodorant

I made travel-size all-natural deodorant using this recipe.  I changed the recipe slightly to make the deodorant more solid.

HOMEMADE SOLID DEODORANT

1 cup coconut oil
4 tablespoons beeswax pellets
1 cup baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
20 drops each of lavender, lemon and frankincense essential oils

Add the coconut oil and beeswax into a saucepan…

Coconut Oil & Beeswax

… and melt them down very slowly…

Melted Coconut Oil & Beeswax

Stir in the baking soda and cornstarch with lavender, lemon and frankincense essential oils…

Ready to Pour Deodorant

Pour the mixture into travel-size roll-on containers

Roll-On DispensersSunshine says it’s the best deodorant she’s ever used.  In fact, when we were walking around Balboa Island she kept catching a whiff of something wonderful.  She realized it was the deodorant!

Another great crafting day!

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BEDPOST CANDLE HOLDERS

Bed Post Candle Holders

My artist buddy, Thom Wilder (OilCanTommy on Instagram), gave me some old wooden bedposts and “hinted” that he envisioned some candle holders for my handmade pillar candles.  Time to get to work…

Bed Post Candle Holders

I cleaned them up, attached small wooden squares with inverted nails (to hold the candles in place)…

Bed Post Candle Holders

And added some black paint…

Bed Post Candle Holders

I made palm wax pillar candles and placed them on top…

Bed Post Candle Holders

We now have a great set of candle holders.  And the best part is, we  repurposed the bedposts!

Bed Post Candle Holders

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU BOTTLE CAPS…

9-Painted Caps

I learned how to make these bottle cap charms from my good friend, Thom Wilder.  He creates some of the most incredible hand-made jewelry I’ve ever seen.  Follow OilCanTommy on Instagram to see his work.

I use regular bottle caps…

1-Bottle Caps

And pound them with a hammer until they are flat…

2-Smashing Caps

Then I torch them to remove all the paint…

4-Torching Caps

They will look like this…

7-Raw Caps

Then I paint them with enamel paint…

8-Painting Caps

Once they are baked in the oven, they are ready to be attached to my candles…

Finished Candles2

Finished Candles

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Burning the Candle…

Finished Palm Wax CandlesA few years ago Sunshine and I went to Kauai.  While there, we visited Island Soap and Candle Works in Koloa and watched them make handmade candles.  It looked like a lot of fun so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Once we got home, I got a bunch of candle-making supplies, set up shop and got to work.  Since then, I’ve been experimenting with different waxes, recipes and additives. Here’s my workspace…

Candle-Making Workspace

This weekend I was able to get back in the shop and make more candles.  I started by melting 3 lbs. palm wax…

Melting Palm Wax

When the wax melted and reached 200°F, I added 4 oz. lavender oil, stirred it for a minute and let it cool to 175°F.

I had a few minutes to wait so I added cool metal pieces to the blank jars and attached the wicks.  Then I poured the melted wax and lavender oil mixture into the jars…

Melted Wax in Jars

Now the hard part… I had to wait for them to cool completely.  Here are the finished lavender-scented palm wax candles…

Finished Palm Wax Candles

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