Antique Candle Works Blog / farmhouse
You know as well as I do that there’s no such thing as ‘too much farmhouse’ to the girls at Antique Candle Works. We can’t get enough of vintage decor, rustic signs, neutral and white colors, or basically anything that comes from an antique store! While there is a whole world of styles that can be made a part of the ‘farmhouse look,’ there is one trait that we love more than all others, and that always resonates with the Antique Candle Works message.
You’ve all probably seen Him, maybe even in your own homes, so you know that Jesus is a frequent visitor of The Farmhouse. His presence shows up in the form of signs with traditional prayers and favorite verses, pages of old hymns, and even pillows offering comforting words.
These faith-centered farmhouse pieces are not just decorations. They allow you to express the love of Christ through something that, although stunning, brightens your home with more than just pretty words.
The heart of many of our blogger friends’ families is Jesus. Through all the little personal touches they add to their individual farmhouse styles, the one thing most of them have in common is Him. As a faith-based small business, Antique Candle Works loves seeing our candles paired with pieces that inspire His light.
Our sweet friend Katie from The Rustic Boxwood Blog shares amazing home projects and décor that are truly inspiring, and the little pieces of Jesus in her farmhouse highlight her creativity.
One piece that is close to her family’s heart is an old Bible that belonged to her grandmother. Seeing this unique heirloom fit beautifully in Katie’s home and bring it to life though Christ and a loved one is touching. It was an honor to see one of our candles paired with such a beautiful and special Bible!
When I find Jesus in The Farmhouse, I find joy. To look beyond the décor, you’ll see Christ at the center of the family. It gives you encouragement, comfort, accountability, and so much more, all while making your house look and feel like a home.
Have a blessed day, friends!
As you may have heard, a couple weeks ago Brittany and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to be sponsors at the design and blogging conference, Haven! With over 300 home décor, DIY, and lifestyle bloggers in attendance, it truly was a gathering of our kind of people, so we had to be there!
Fun Fact: I had never flown before. Brittany is a pro and helped me know what to expect (thank you!), but I was getting very anxious in those final days before the conference. As it turns out, I was nervous for nothing. The flights to and from Charleston were actually quite pretty. It was kind of amazing being up close and personal with God’s painted sky!
Once we arrived, it was time to get to work. We spent the entire first day putting together our ‘floral farmhouse’ booth.
Our goal was to create a little homey hub that would be the perfect space for meeting friends new and old. This was a first Haven, so while we were not exactly sure what to expect, we knew we were in for a good time!
And a good time is was! It was incredible to have the opportunity to finally meet in person many of the ladies we’ve known for so long! We were finally able to share a few laughs with our good friend, Erin, from The Cotton Stem Blog!
It was also great to meet up with Liz from Liz Marie Blog, Laura from The Turquoise Home, Sarah from Dreaming of Homemaking, Holly from Our Faux Farmhouse, Kayla from Plum Pretty Décor and Design, and Deb from Seeking Lavender Lane! These are just a few of the ladies that we are so thankful to know and work with!
We also met so many new friends, too many to count! It was great to be able to introduce ourselves to those who already knew about our candles, and welcome those who had never heard of Antique Candle Works.
Haven was not only fun, but also a learning experience. We were fortunate enough to be able to attend a few of their blogger classes. Brittany heard from Erin, Holly, and Lauren McBride about the power of Instastories, and I took notes from Alisa Meredith about the heart of Pinterest. We even got to hear the testimonies of Chris and Peyton Lambton, Taniya Nayak, Amy Howard, and The Shanty Sisters, Whitney and Ashley!
All in all, Haven was truly a great experience for us professionally, and personally. Small business is about relationships, and Haven offered us an opportunity to build countless friendships with people that we truly care about.
We could not have done it without out amazing team in the studio who worked their butts off in the weeks leading up to it, or without all of our friends who have followed the Antique Candle Works journey. And who knows; maybe there is a Haven Round 2 in Antique Candle Works’ future!
The Haven fun doesn't stop here! Come back next week for some exciting 'floral farmhouse' news!
Have a beautiful day friends!
As you may know, if there’s one thing we absolutely can’t get enough of here in the studio, it’s vintage jars! Most of our candles are hand poured into adorable Mason jars, and many of our antique candles are poured into old jars. Of all these rustic vessels, one jar that is always everyone’s favorite is the blue Ball jar used for antique candles! That stunning blue tint on these jars is so unique, and fits perfectly into every home!
For this next Mason Jar DIY, you finally won’t have to wait until the next Antique Candle Restock to get your hands on one of those gorgeous blue jars. Just grab your old candle jars and a few crafting supplies, and learn how to tint your jars that vintage blue!
What you will need: old Antique Candle Works candles (I used three 16oz jars), blue liquid food coloring, Mod Podge glue (I used the gloss version), small mixing containers (I used three for three different shades), wax paper for baking
1. Clean out your candle jars. You will want to make sure the inside of each jar is very clean and dry before you begin this project.
2. In your small mixing containers, add 1 tablespoon of clear water. I used small measuring cups, but even though the sizes are different, they have the same amount of water in each.
3. Add the drops of blue food coloring to each container and stir to combine. I used the size of the cups to mark different amounts of food coloring.
I used 20, 40, and 60 drops. The number of drops will determine how tinted the jar is, so you can adjust according to what you want. However, anything less than 20 drops is hardly visible, so I would use at least that much.
4. Add 1 tablespoon to glue to each jar, then add each food coloring mixture. Mix this up well inside the jar, but try not to mix it too fast to create fewer bubbles. At this point you will want to put something down to protect your work space.
5. Now, you’ll coat the inside of the jar. With the top of the jar over the mixing container, twist the jar so that every bit of the inside of covered in blue. I did this a few times just to make sure the entire inner surface got enough blue.
If you want to tint the rim of the jar, do this carefully while turning the jar and pouring the mixture back into the mixing container. Save this run-off, because you may want to reuse it!
6. Once the jars are coated on the inside, let them sit upside down for about 10 minutes in order to let excess blue drain out. In the meantime, you can preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with some wax paper.
7. After 10 minutes, let your jars remain upside down and place them on the prepared baking sheet with wax paper. Put them in the oven and ‘bake’ them for 15 minutes.
Then, flip them right side up and warm them for another 15 minutes. Let the jars cool completely before moving on.
At this point if you’re happy with the tint of your jar, great! However, I thought mine could use a little more blue…
8. Once the jars are completely cooled, repeat the entire tinting process. For the jar with 20 drops, I simply created another mixture with 20 drops, for the 40 I created another mixture with 40 drops, and so on. If you saved your run-off from when you coated the jars for the first time, you could also just reuse the one for each jar!
Bake these jars just like you did before. Once they are cooled, they are ready to use!
I absolutely love these tinted Mason jars! They make the perfect vase to set in the window, to add as a décor piece on a shelf, or even as a table centerpiece at a rustic wedding!
If you love the Antique Candle Works blue Ball jar candles, now you can up-cycle all your old Mason jar candles to have the perfect tint to match! They are just too cute!
Do you love these crafts? Well we’ve got plenty more Mason Jar DIYs to keep you busy this summer! Projects perfect just for you, or to do with the kids! Check out some of our other projects we’ve done, and if you do this DIY or any of the others, be sure to post of picture for us to see in the comments below. We’d love to see how you repurposed your Mason jar!
Happy crafting friends!
At Antique Candle Works, we send candles out all over The United States and Canada to spread the joy that a simple candle can bring. It is always fun to see where our candles ended up once they left our doors, and that they are bringing joy to homes all around. Thanks to outlets like Facebook and Instagram, we are able to see tons of photos taken by people just like you!
There’s been some great pictures over the past few years, so as a thank you to all our friends who have ever shared photos with us, I’ve put together some of our favorites from home decor bloggers for everyone to enjoy!
I hope you love this gallery of beautiful candle photos set in even more stunning homes, because I can't get enough!
Small businesses are unique establishments in and of themselves, especially “mom and pop” retail stores. Though a shop may be small, the amazing individuals who work hard to keep it up and running might just have the biggest hearts around.
One small retail business that knows how to spread the love is The Tin Roof: Fine Gifts and Home Furnishings, an adorable little shop in Princeton, Kentucky that specializes in “great products and outstanding service!”
Serving the area since 2002, The Tin Roof was actually in the works since 2001 when the late Carolyn Boaz made her dream of owning a store a reality. Nearly 20 years later Carolyn’s daughter, Molly Egbert, continues her mother’s legacy through the joy that is spread in and outside the walls of The Tin Roof Gift Shop.
The Tin Roof also shares their hearts with other small businesses and artisans to stock their shelves and bring quality goods to their customers. One of these small business is none other than Antique Candle Works!
Molly loves sharing unique items with everyone who comes through her doors, including our handmade soy candles! She loves burning both the Sweet Lemon and Fresh Cut Herbs fragrances together!
The Tin Roof Gift Shop is in the business of spreading happiness through the little things. Whether that be cute outfits, fun dish ware, or farmhouse decor, they are so thankful to the Lord for giving them the opportunity to share this with friends new and old.
Here at the studio, we love seeing where our candles end up after they leave our hands, and we are so glad that some of them have made their way to The Tin Roof.
It is fulfilling to know that we can help spread some of Molly and her team’s joy in Western Kentucky! In small business it’s about the heart, and this little store has that down!
Do you have your own retail store and are interested in working with Antique Candle Works? Contact us! We would the opportunity to meet a new friend!
Check out our list of all the stores that carry Antique Candle Works candles in The United States and Canada; there might just be one near you!
I don’t know about you, but I love crafting! It’s so satisfying to create something fun and unique with your own two hands, which is exactly what Antique Candle Works strives to do with every hand poured soy candle! With that in mind, I’m drawing inspiration from the Mason jars we use to house our candles to give you yet another Mason Jar DIY!
This DIY is a little more in depth than the last one, but it is so cute! It is perfect now that the days are warmer and the days are sunnier. You can enjoy it indoors or outdoors, and once you make one you’ll definitely want to make one or two more! I present to you:
Jute String Lantern
What you will need: old Antique Candle Works candle (I used a 16oz and 8oz Mason jar, and an antique blue Ball jar), jute string, craft scissors
2. Depending on what size jar you are using, you will measure and cut 8 strands of jute. This also determines how long your lantern will hang (remember, it’s always better to have extra that you can cut later).
A trick you can to is to turn the jar upside down and measure jute around the jar vertically from top rim of the jar, to bottom, back to top, then multiply that length my ten. For 16oz, I cut 8 pieces about 96 inches long (this made it a little longer); for 8oz, I cut 8 pieces that were about 56 inches long (this made it a little shorter).
3. Divide the jute in half so you have two bunches of 4 strands each. Find the center of each bunch, and cross them. You may have to use objects to hold the strands in place because you are working with a lot of jute!
4. Now for the trickiest part. You will tie a lanyard know at this center point. Don’t worry, it’s not bad once you get the hang of it! We’re taking this one slow:
- Once you crisscross the strands, bring the top part of one strand down over the other strand on the left side. We will call this ‘Strand A,’ and the one that hasn’t moved yet ‘Strand B.’
- Next, take the right side of Strand B and move it underneath both halves of Strand A at the bottom of the center point.
- Take that same part of Strand B that you just moved and take it back over the two halves of Strand A that you just went under.
- From the center point, find the bottom half of Strand A (the piece you haven’t moved yet), and bring it up over, over, and under the pieces of the right half of Strand B. Doing this will create a new center point.
- That’s it! Now all you have to do is carefully bring the knot together by pulling opposite ends of the knot so that you are pulling two ends of the same strand.
Just keep pulling the opposite corners until the knot finally shrinks down into your lanyard knot! This is the bottom of the jute lantern.
5. Next, you will find two strands that are right next to each other and tie them together about 1½ inches up from the center.
6. Do this with the next two strands, and so on.
Continue tying knots all around the center until you have the shape of a flower and there are not more lone strings of jute.
7. Now you will just do the same thing on the next outer layer. Take two strings right next to each other and tie those about 1½ inches up from the last knots.
Again, just do this all the way around until every strand has a pair and you see an even larger flower shape.
8. Depending on what size jar you are using for the lantern, repeat step 7 until you reach the height of your jar. You will notice the jute begin to raise as you do this, and that is because it is already forming the holder for your jar! This makes tying knots a little trickier, so just simply move the jute around or to the side so you can easily tie those knots!
You can have the knots reach up over the rim of your jar (which is what I did), or a little below the rim. That’s up to you!
The number of layers of knots depends on the height or your jar and the thickness of the jute you are using. I was using thicker jute, so the 16oz size only needed 4 layers, and the 8oz only needed 3 layers.
9. Lastly, you will knot the ends of all the strands together. This is where you will hang your lantern, so it needs to be a decent knot. You can also tie in a curtain loop or metal d-ring to hang the lantern with, but just hanging it by the knot worked fine for me!
Now you can enjoy your adorable jute string lantern! You can put anything inside them, or nothing at all, and they still look stunning no matter where you hang them!
I left mine empty, added a little tea light, and for my person favorite, put in fairy string lights!
If you loved this DIY project as much as I did, make sure to check out some of the others we’ve done! Also, if you tried this project for yourself, be sure to comment below and post a picture of your own jute string lantern!
Have a beautiful day, friends!
The girls at the Antique Candle Works studio can’t get enough of home décor and the unique styles we see through some of our friends on Instagram. Our favorite look involves mixing the new with the old, the modern with the vintage. I connected with our friend Katie from My Little Kate Cod to discuss her love for cape cod/farmhouse style décor and how to use Antique Candle Works candles to create the perfect candle setting!
Though Katie doesn’t have a professional interior design background, she has earned the title of “pretty space maker” through years of growing up watching and working with her own mother as she decorated her home in stunning seasonal settings. This is where she first witnessed mixing modern and vintage style!
When it comes to decorating, Katie always tries to works with the house and all its unique characteristics. She loves making every color, detail, and accent come together in perfect harmony in her old cape-cod house.
With an old house comes many individual traits unique to that house, and working with those quirks allows Katie to truly bring the home to life. This is evident by her gorgeous Instagram photos that I cannot get enough of!
One of my favorite things about her home is now naturally she fits in our candles into her décor. She makes a point for her candle placement to be safe, but also strategic. She makes them centerpieces so that everyone who comes in and enjoys her lovely home can also enjoy her yummy candles!
She also loves the warm glow that a candle brings to a room, which offers both light and ambience to her darker rooms with fewer lights. What could be more cozy than soft candlelight?
When putting her candles out, Katie’s favorite way to make a setting is actually to group candles together! She likes having two candles, side-by-side, with one larger and one smaller. She says, “Together they're like little pals that are working to make the space smell irresistible!” Even when the candles are not lit, thanks to Katie’s design skills, they work right into her gorgeous home with their vintage look and neutral colors!
Not only does pairing candles together create an adorable candle setting, but Katie puts together different scents that complement each other for a whole new candle experience. She pairs her “favorite favorite,” Fresh Cut Herbs, with her second favorite, Sweet Lemon, that together are just “spring harmony!”
Katie is a genius at creating the most perfect candle settings for her home, and I hope she’s inspired you to get creative with your candles, too! Check out more pictures of her gorgeous home on Instagram for endless décor inspiration!
Have a beautiful day!
Photography by Katie Walsh
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and it’s got me thinking green—green décor, that is!
That may sound a bit strange considering our love of the light and airy look that comes with farmhouse neutral colors, but sometimes the one thing that this style needs to really pull off the right look is just a touch of color. And what better to go with natural neutrals than natural greens?
We’ve talked to a few different home décor bloggers about their best decorating tips, including Heather Case from The Southern Hydrangea for her home tour blog, and she agrees that one of the best ways to make a room pop is a simple yet stunning touch of greenery. This really may be one of the easiest, and most clever ways to make a room pop! Pair that greenery with one of our adorable neutral colored candles, and you have a match made in heaven!
Heather Case’s home is actually almost all white. It’s actually pretty amazing, and just gorgeous. She has the perfect balance of neutral or natural colors in her furnishings, and adds one, maybe two notes of green in every room. I love how she creates such simple yet eye-catching settings on her living room coffee table. I can’t get enough of these garland plants! Heather has really got the pop factor down!
Erin from Cotton Stem Blog uses a bit more of a variety of color in her home, but she still manages to bring the perfect touches of greenery to every room! She truly is a ‘faux plant lady’ and puts together adorable settings that truly bring life into her home. I personally love the fireplace in her bedroom. She’s taken this and has created something unique by filling the fireplace with logs and notes of green, and has kept the mantelpiece simple yet beautiful.
Finally, we have Natalie from the Vintage Porch. Her specialty, and my favorite thing about her home, is right there in the name. Her home really is vintage. Everything about it takes you back in time, or reminds you of your favorite antique store! The small notes of greenery she adds in every room only enhance the already lovely décor. The pale green she often uses is a great way to compliment the pale neutrals of her home while adding the perfect amount of contrast.
What you should know about adding greenery to your home is this: a little goes a long way, but don’t be afraid to be unique! Greenery in the form of plants is a great way to bring some freshness into your home (even if they are faux plants), while adding the perfect touches of color where they need to be. They complement your home in all the best ways, so why not join the queens of greens and add a little greenery to your home!
Want your home to smell like the perfect touch of greenery, too? Check out our brand new fragrance: Fresh Cut Herbs! This cozy, spicy smell of herbs includes basil and fresh spearmint with hints of floral and apple. The perfect scent to bring an extra note of freshness into your home!
The Antique Candle Works team always has so much fun putting together vintage vessels for the monthly Antique Candle Sale, and we had many unique candles in our latest restock that we were so excited to share with you! If you were lucky enough to snag one of these vintage pieces before they ran out, you’ll need to know how to style them in your home! Thanks to Laura from The Turquoise Home and Erica from Our Humble Nest, we’ve put together some helpful tips and ideas for styling one of our antique candles in your home!
If there’s anything that makes these candles truly unique, besides their enticing scents, it’s that they really are vintage. We actually get these vessels from antique stores and similar sources to repurpose them into the adorable candles you see. So, work with that! Surround your candles with other vintage décor pieces that complement the candles and make them the highlight of a room.
Speaking of making the candle a highlight of a room, putting it at a high place in an area may not make it the center of attention but will add an extra touch of eye-catching vintage style to your home. Laura often places her antique candles on her mantel piece. The light of a candle being at a high place warms up a room with happy moods and yummy smells.
Add it to a collection. A collection of décor, that is! You might, like many of our friends with an interest in interior design, decorate their home based on seasons. Luckily, our antique candles make perfect additions to every type of seasonal décor. For spring, our blue Ball jars go particularly well will bright spring flowers and notes of greenery. Pair them with these pieces to create stunning floral settings with the perfect note of vintage!
Antique Candle Works candles are the only candles that Laura from The Turquoise Home burns in her house, and our antique candles in particular go perfect with her unique and bright style! Erica from Our Humble Nest has many gorgeous photos of antique candles in her home by mixing the perfect amounts of green notes with her white/neutral colors.
No matter how you style your antique candles, there is no doubt that they will be the great additions to every room of your home!
Don’t have one of these unique candles yet? Don’t worry! Keep a look out on the Antique Candle listing page for an update on the next antique candle restock!
Mason jars are perfect pieces for Do It Yourself projects and crafts. I love DIY, and they are definitely one of my favorite things to use around my home! What’s great about them is that they can be great items to repurpose into stunning decorations. And the best part? Antique Candle Works candles are made using Mason jars!
Last year, I shared with you some easy yet adorable Repurposed Mason Jar Ideas with simple tutorials on how to repurpose your old candle jars after you clean them out, and now I’ve got yet another for ya!
With Spring right around the corner, there’s one thing that’s on the minds of everyone who loves to decorate their house: plants! Whether it’s bright tulips or fresh greenery, you can’t bring Spring into your home without some plants. So, I’ve put together a super easy and beautiful Mason jar DIY project that is sure to brighten up your space!
Cute Little Succulent Planter
Who doesn’t love succulents? They are easy to care for and are adorable additions to any shelf, coffee table, desk, or any other part of your home! This is a great way to repurpose some of your old 4oz Mason jar candles!
What you will need: old Antique Candle Works 4oz Mason jar candle, a mini succulent plant (I used a live plant, but this project will work with a faux succulent, too!), smooth river pebbles
- Clean out your old 4oz candle with hot water and soap. Check out this blog post for detailed steps! (I left our planter clear, but if you want to have a painted succulent planter, check out our blog on a Painted and Distressed Mason Jar Vase to learn how to paint your jar using chalk paint!)
- Fill the 4oz jar about half way with pebbles.
- Carefully remove your succulent from the planter it came with and remove excess soil from the roots. This is a bit messy, and you’ll want to be gentle as to not tear any of the roots.
- Once most of the soil is removed (it’s okay to leave some), place the succulent in the jar with the pebbles.
- Fill the jar the rest of the way with pebbles. Doing this after you put the succulent in allows the pebbles to hold the plant in place and lets your fill in all the extra space to make sure it is secure.
There you have it, an adorable little succulent planter! I can’t get enough of this repurposing craft—it is so cute! This is perfect for spring, or any time of the year as far as I’m concerned!
If you like this DIY project, make it using some of your old candle jars and share a photo with us on Instagram, or let us know in the comments below! We love sharing these ideas with you as much as we enjoy making them!
Have a beautiful day, friends!