Antique Candle Works Blog / home decor
One our favorite parts about sending candles out to our friends is seeing where those candles end up. We love it when you tag us in your photos on Instagram so we can see how you styled that favorite candle in with your home décor, especially during the holidays!
The Christmas season is that time of year when so many people break out their most festive decorations to turn their home into a literal winter wonderland! Seeing Antique Candle Works Christmas-scented candles in these stunningly styled homes brings that much more Christmas spirit into the studio!
I would love to introduce you to some of those sweet candle friends with such amazing style! These lovely ladies inspire me so much with my own holiday décor, and maybe they can give you some inspiration, too!
I can’t get enough of that brick archway in Jess’s home! Can you believe it’s faux brick? Jess from House on 77th has a stunning home and used those farmhouse neutrals to her advantage for the Christmas season! An Antique Candle Works candle just adds to the cozy!
Laura from The Turquoise Home Blog went for that “Merry and Bright” look this season! This lovely lady knows how to use greenery and floral, even during the winter months. And of course, you can always spot those lovely antique turquoise Ball jars for a vintage touch!
No one does vintage like Sarah from the Sarah Joy Blog! Pops of red and frosted trees are the perfect Christmas additions to her oh-so-cozy home. With a Good Tidings candle to finish the look with yummy smells, her décor makes you want to snuggle up with some hot cocoa!
The kitchen is always the hardest place for me to decorate for the holidays, but Becky from Becky Cunningham Home has no problem with her winter kitchen! She took the natural approach with lavender trees and evergreen garlands, and I bet that candle might even be White Pine!
Cindy from Blessed House of Three makes me nostalgic with her rustic-inspired holiday bedroom! That little rocking horse with a mini frosted tree reminds me of waking up and getting out of bed on Christmas morning—oh so perfect with a Christmas Day candle!
There are so many ways to decorate your home for the Christmas season, and it warms our hearts to see Antique Candle Works candles being a part of décor that makes so many feel warm and cozy this time of year.
How do you decorate your home for the holidays? Tag us in a picture of your favorite candle with your Christmas-y home on Instagram! We’d love to share the joy of the season with our friends!
It’s that time of year where it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and, if you’re like me, am a little behind in checking friends and family off the shopping list. But no worries! We have got you covered!
Even if it’s not a gift for Christmas, Antique Candle Works have nearly 20 unique fragrances and there is sure to be something everyone on your list will love! I mean, you can’t go wrong with a good candle, right?
We understand that it’s hard to pick out a new scent without actually being able to smell it first. But I know all our fragrances by heart, so this new and improved Antique Candle Works candle guide is sure to help you find the best candle for your loved one (or even for yourself)!
For the Holidays
Is there anything better than a warm Christmas-scented candle around the wintery holiday season? We have some yummy fragrances that literally just smell like joy in a jar—plain and simple. (My Mamaw actually loves Christmas Day all year-round!)
Let’s give a hand for the candle-lovin’ man! These fragrances definitely don’t discriminate (hello—my favorite it Cashmere!), but these our most popular scents with our guy friends!
For the Homebody
These people love everything cozy! They are perfectly content staying home with a fuzzy blanket, a warm cup of coffee, and a good book (or movie!). Comfort and feeling warm inside is priority. All our candles are cozy, but these have a little something extra!
For the Adventurous Spirit
Just the opposite of the homebody, this person wants to explore the world—or at least the great outdoors! But no matter where they go, they always have a place to call home.
For the Neat Freak
No shame in being a busy body around the home—I wish I was like this! These are your friends who seem to always be on top of the household chores and like things fresh and clean!
For the Flower Child
Do you know a crazy plant lady? Well these candles are for her! Extra floral and extra fresh, these friends love the feel-good, natural sense of aromatherapy. Or, maybe they just love to stop and smell the flowers.
No matter who you’re shopping for, Antique Candle Works has the best candle fragrances to match! There’s a new yummy scent for everyone, and if you follow this guide, you might just find your new favorite, too!
Thank you to all who supported us this past Cyber Monday! What candles are you gifting your friends this year? Let me know in the comments below!
Keep up with Antique Candle Works on Pinterest for all the best Candle Tips & Tricks, including a super easy to follow candle guide!
Have a blessed day friends!
Y’all I am so excited to share with you Antique Candle Works’ CUTEST Mason Jar DIY yet! I think we can all agree that repurposing old Mason jar candles into something unique and beautiful is all part of the fun with handmade candles, and we had so much fun putting together this craft for you!
Vintage Snow Globes!
They are literally too cute! I need at least ten of these globes to put around my home and the candle studio, and even more to share as Christmas gifts! The vintage farm style touches my heart on a spiritual level, friends. These repurposed jars are so simple yet so adorable!
Christmas Truck Globe
What you will need: old Antique Candle Works 8oz candle jar, old Antique Candle Works 4oz jar lid (label removed, if you want!) mini vintage truck from Hobby Lobby (note: your standard sized toy truck is too big), mini evergreen tree from Hobby Lobby (snip off its stand if it has one), faux snow, red & white baker’s twine, 2 mini red jingle bells from Hobby Lobby too!
1. Clean out your candle jar. You’ll want to follow our tutorial to get your 8oz jar as crystal clear as possible. After washing it, make sure it is completely dry before moving on to the next step!
2. Add your faux snow to the jar. You just want to line the bottom with a layer that isn’t too thin, but isn’t too deep. You don’t want to bury your truck!
3. Next, you’ll want to carefully tie the mini tree to the truck with the baker’s twine. I just looped it up from under the truck and tied it on the tree.
Then you can snip the excess string and smooth down the strands into the branches of the tree.
4. Now comes the surprisingly tricky part: getting your truck in the jar just right.
You may have to fiddle around with it so that it looks perfect in the snow, but it isn’t too hard and is so worth it!
5. Screw the 4oz Mason jar lid onto the globe, and use the baker’s twine to wrap around the lip of the jar.
At this point it’s easy to string your jingle bells on the twine, then you can tie a cute little bow!
And there you have it, one super Pinterest-worthy Vintage Snow Globe! It’s so perfect for the holidays! But if you’re still loving the cozy season, the fall version is just as easy as the winter one!
Fall Tractor Globe
What you will need: old Antique Candle Works 8oz candle jar, old Antique Candle Works 4oz jar lid (label removed, if you want!), mini vintage tractor (note: your standard sized toy tractor is too big), mini pumpkins, faux grass, jute string, straw button bow, glue
Follow all the same instructions as the Christmas globe, except with all your fall goodies!
You’ll want to make sure you get your tractor/pumpkin placement just perfect!
Instead of twine, use jute string to wrap around the lip of the 8oz jar, and tie it off.
Use an adhesive such as hot glue to attach your pre-made straw bow to the front of the jute string.
So simple and so fun! I get tons of pumpkin patch and corn maze nostalgia from this adorable vintage globe! It reminds me of home.
Who else needs these Vintage Snow Globes in their life? I’d love to see you try this Mason jar craft out on your own! Post a picture in the comments below, or tag us on Instagram!
Happy crafting, friends!
Y’all, we have been working so hard to spread that candle love all across The United States and Canada, and we are so happy to say that Antique Candle Works is in more stores, online marketplaces, and subscription boxes than ever! With over 200 unique retailers, it’s never been easier to find Antique Candle Works near you!
We recently connected with a brand new candle partner that is like the Hobby Lobby of farmhouse boutiques! Think of never ending florals, the cutest kitchen goodies, and all the best decorations of the season, and you’ve got Rod Works!
This ever-inspiring business began in 1996, born from the creativity of the owners who wanted more unique, higher quality décor in their home. Their iron creations sparked requests from friends and neighbors, and as business grew, they moved from working at home to the first Rod Works location on Lehi, Utah.
Since then, they have expanded their quality décor line and have opened several more storefronts in Utah, Nevada, Colorado, California, and Arizona. As of just a few months ago, Antique Candle Works became a part of the Rod Works vision to inspire you and help you decorate your home with your own personal style! Yay!
Rod Works is literally on my bucket list of adorable stores to visit. I could probably spend an entire day in just one of their stores, and get some decorating advise while I’m at it! The Rod Works crew actually offers free in-store decorating help—all you have to do is bring in a photo of your home or tell them about your space, and they’ll help you fill it!
Rod Works takes decorating seriously, and seriously takes it to the next level. If you’re ever out west, you’ve got to check out this amazing Antique Candle Works partner!
Do you have your own retail storefront and are interesting in working with Antique Candle Works? Contact us! We would love the opportunity to meet a new friend!
Happy decorating, friends!
Photography by Rod Works
Happy Fall Y’all! The best time of the year is finally here! In just 3 days, the season of sweater weather, apple cider, corn mazes, hayrides, changing leaves, pumpkins, plaid shirts, bonfires, and especially Grandma’s homemade pie will finally be a reality! (No more pretending my fall décor will magically change the season.)
We LOVE fall here in the candle studio. It means we will be making a ton of all our coziest fragrances—which makes work even more fun!
Antique Candle Works actually recently released two yummy fall fragrances: one brand new, the other a reinvention of a classic scent. We also have several more that are just too yummy to pass up! Our favorite autumn scents are the BEST to share with friends like you and bring the goodness of the season right into your home!
A warm, delicious blend of pumpkin, spices, honey and maple with sugary vanilla frosting.
The most classic of all the fall fragrances, but also one of the yummiest! This year, we reinvented our classic Pumpkin Spice fragrance to bring you an even more perfect blend of that sweet, spicy, pumpkin-y goodness you all know and love!
An autumn aroma with apple, crushed cinnamon, and clove, with hints of orange peel and sweet vanilla.
Antique Candle Works’ brand new fall fragrance may just be the best one yet! It has stolen the hearts of many of our candle makers (including myself) and is so yummy, you just have to try it for yourself. It is literally sweet, spiced, and everything nice!
The naturally fresh, woody smell of leaves in the brisk autumn air, this medley of birch and maple leaves with pomegranate, juniper berry, and orange blossom added to the blend, brings the glory of fall into your home.
This is definitely the most outdoorsy of all our fall scents! Autumn Leaves literally brings the crispness of the autumn air indoors with the most perfect fresh blend. It’s great for those cozy fall mornings and relaxing evenings.
Warm and cozy all wrapped up in one great smelling scent! Top notes of green apple, peach and pine needle leading to a spicy cinnamon clove and thyme with sweet balsamic spice.
This yummy fall fragrance has all the spiciness you love! It’s a nostalgic scent that leaves you feeling all warm and cozy inside, and you just can’t help but smile every time you smell it. Remember all those days of Mom or Grandma baking pies during the harvest season? THIS is that smell!
The sweet smell of freshly picked apples from the orchard.
There’s no other smell that makes your mouth just water like freshly harvest apples. A fun fall activity has always been to go to your favorite apple orchard and get a bushel of the best apples of the season. Apple Pickin’ tells that story in one super yummy, super crisp fragrance!
What is your favorite fall fragrance? Let us know in the comments below!
I know what you’re thinking: “I wish I could smell all these yummy fall fragrances!”
Well, you can!
If you live in or are visiting the Midwest soon, stop by the Antique Candle Works studio in Lafayette, Indiana, for our second official Open Candle Studio Event! On September 29th, we will be opening up our doors to everyone who loves yummy snacks, live music, candle making, and of course, the best handmade candles!
Come and smell all of our 18 yummy fragrances, and fall in love with a new one you’ve never smelled before!
We are so excited to meet you friend, so be sure to join the event on Facebook and come say hi!
Have a beautiful first day of fall, y’all!
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!
A lot goes into Antique Candle Works to make truly unique, high quality candles that are handmade with love. From the candle makers who have a personal hand in every single candle, to the candles themselves made with natural, domestically grown soy, fine fragrance oils, and pure cotton wicks, every detail has you in mind. That even includes how your candles reach your door.
We’ve made a lot of changes to the ACW Personal Touch since the last time we talked about your favorite happy mail. Every candle delivery is special because it is a little gift to you, and that’s exactly how we want you to feel!
Your candle mail begins with a hand-stamped box so you always know when that package on your step really is happy mail. That is, if you can’t already smell the yumminess inside!
Open your package, and you’ll find some goodies right on top for you to enjoy!
As a small business, we want you to know Antique Candle Works and the people behind it personally. You can read a little bit about the story of Antique Candle Works and its owner, Brittany, learn about the uniqueness of our candles (and some candle tips), and even see what fragrances we are loving for the season. You can also find out which of our sweet candle makers made your candles!
Then finally, your favorite moment has arrived. In our carefully wrapped packaging you’ll read, “Hand Poured Goodness Inside.” Pull back the decorative tissue and there they are. The goodness you’ve been waiting for: your favorite Antique Candle Works candles!
The first thing you see is a little bonus candle of a fragrance you didn’t order. It might even be one you’ve never tried before! These little samples are included in every order to help you find a new favorite scent every time you open our happy mail!
Every candle and wax melt is individually packaged for protection, and to make your gift extra special! Our larger candles are wrapped and put into their own small boxes, and small 4oz candles and melts are wrapped in decorative tissue. Everything is its own little surprise for you to open and experience one at a time!
The joy of finding happy mail by your front door is so much fun, but what's even more fun is actually opening that package! Even though you probably remember what candle goodness you ordered, it is still exciting to finally open up all those little ‘treat yourself’ gifts and be able to smell all that yumminess right in your own home.
With a little extra care and a lot of love, Antique Candle Works hopes to bring you your favorite unboxing experience! We care about each and every one of you, so this is a little gift from us to our best candle friends.
Here’s to the best Happy Mail Day, friends!
Did your candle package just come in? Share your unboxing story with us on Instagram!
Have you heard? Our newest fall fragrance, Fall Harvest, is available before its release date exclusively to our email friends! Become an email friend to join in and be one of the first to try my new favorite fall scent!
Fall Harvest: An autumn aroma with apple, crushed cinnamon, and clove, with hints of orange peel and sweet vanilla.
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!