• Get crafty this Christmas. Part two: Candles and personalised wine glasses

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    Following on from my hand-made gift ideas post last weekend, this week I have mainly been waiting for the ‘Black Friday’ email from Hobbycraft to arrive and hurrah, it has! With 20% off everything this weekend, NOW is the time to stock up on some crafting bits and bobs to make your hand-made beauties (while trying not to get distracted by deals for ‘stuff’ instead!). But it’s not the only place to get crafting accessories and tools; Amazon, Laura Ashley, The Range, Paperchase and a whole host of others all have some great deals on items that will make your crafty gifts look oh so profesh. But if you’re not one for getting your hands dirty, there are plenty of DIY kits and ready-made gifts out there too. So it may not have been made by your hands, but it still counts as hand-made!



    Making your own candles is super simple and once you know how, suddenly any empty vessel found lying around the house will be filled with wax and transformed into a pretty, hand-made candle.

    Glass jars are perfect for it and whether you wait until your jam or marmalade runs out, or buy them in bulk online, all you then need are some wax pellets, wax wicks and a pouring container. Pour the pellets into the container, heat gently over the hob until it melts down to liquid, add a couple of drops of fragrance oil (if you wish- otherwise leave them scent-less), place a wax wick into the bottom of the jar and slowly pour in the molten wax leaving about a centimetre at the top. Leave to cool and bobs your uncle!


    1. Yaley premium wax pellets, £9.49, Hobbycraft. 2. Pouring container, £26, Candle Making. 3. Wax wicks, from £2.99, Amazon.

    Here’s one I made earlier this week! It was so easy and super quick and once the wax had set and was cool, I painted a simple gold stripe along the bottom of the jar to add some colour!

    Whether you choose to decorate your jar first, or simple tie a simple ribbon around the top, they make a great gift and the jars can even be re-filled once burn down.


    1.Red wine glass, £14.99 for 6, Littlewoods. 2. Glass etching cream, £6.95, Hobby’s. 

    An ideal wine lover’s gift, this monogrammed glass is simple to do and will go down just like the wine itself, wonderfully! Simply make a stencil from a piece of paper in your chosen shape or letter, place over the glass and secure in place with a piece of masking tape, paint the etching cream into the shape onto the glass, remove the stencil, leave to dry for 10 minutes and then wash with soap and water and buff with a cloth. Pop it in a box with some tissue and there you have it!

    Follow our simple solutions video below for a step by step guide.

    Don’t fancy making your gift and just want to ‘gift’ your gift? Right you are, the below ideas are for you…..


    1.Make your own votive candles kit, £25, Laura Ashley. 2. Personalised drinks measure wine glass, £22, Not on the hughstreet.  3. Start candle making kit, £10, Hobbycraft. 4. Make your own candle kit, £13.50, Etsy. 5. Personlised hi-ball tumbler, £22, Becky Broome. 6. Personalised mason jar mugs, £7 each, Etsy.

    That’s it for this week folks, my final part will be live next weekend when I tackle jam making!!! Until then, happy crafting and don’t get too sucked into Black Friday!!!





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