Crafts and DIY

  1. 4 Ways to Celebrate Pride at Home

    Pride flag

    Like almost everything in the unpredictable 2020, Pride looks a lot different this year. While usually members of the LGBTQ+ community, friends and supporters would be gathering for joyous parades and celebrations, this year we’re staying home and socially distancing to control the spread of coronavirus. However while London’s Pride parade won’t be going ahead today, the ‘new normal’ doesn’t stop us from celebrating at home.

    1. Get crafty and throw your own parade

    A great activity for the young and young at heart alike; raid the cardboard recycling for old egg cartons, cereal boxes and delivery packaging and craft your own parade floats. Use coloured paper, felt tip pens, stickers, and plenty of glitter to create a dazzling float and then throw your own parade by touring round the garden or living room as the music plays. To complete the celebratory atmosphere, scent the occasion with a zesty uplifting scent like Pink Grapefruit or Mandarin & Bergamot.

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  2. Get creative & give new life to your used diffusers

    It’s a sad time when the last few drops of your reed diffuser all dry up. You’ve enjoyed its pleasant aroma working away in the background, keeping your home smelling fresh. And it has been a joy to start each new day, rediscovering its fragrance as you enter the room it’s placed in. But that doesn’t really have to be the end. In just the same way as you wouldn’t get rid of your printer when you’ve run out of ink, or your stapler when you’ve run out of staples, your empty diffuser vessels still have plenty of life left in them. What’s more, an empty diffuser bottle is an opportunity for you to get creative!

    Ashleigh & Burwood reed diffuser on a table
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  3. How to Upcycle Your Empty Scented Candles

    In 2019, recycling, sustainability and green living are the words on everyone’s lips; it’s simply no longer possible to ignore the massive negative impact our way of living has on the environment. Particularly saddening for us at Ashleigh & Burwood is a report last week that revealed that millions of cheap Christmas candles will make their way to landfill sites this month, where they’re likely to remain for over a thousand years.

    Thankfully, we feel that our own candles are simply too beautiful to chuck away (who could bear to part with a Wild Things vessel?!) and so we’ve come up with plenty of ideas to reuse our burned out candles. Here are some of our favourites, which we will hope will inspire you to find a new use for your next empty candle vessel.

    Whether you’re planning on reusing, refilling or recycling your candle, the first step should always be to clean out any leftover wax and the old wick from the vessel.

    To clean your vessel, fill it with just enough hot water to cover the remaining wax, taking care not to burn yourself, and leave for 2 minutes to allow the wax to soften. Hold the vessel near top to avoid the hot base and carefully remove the wax with a spoon. Dispose of the excess wax and then pour the water away – make sure you don’t pour the wax down the sink as it can cause a blockage! If there’s any remaining wax, scoop it up and throw away. Wipe any leftover residue with a thick kitchen towel and repeat steps until the vessel is clean. Finally, remove the metal wick holder from the bottom of the vessel.

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  4. Spooky scents for Hallowe’en

    If you’re looking for a Hallowe’en home fragrance that’s a little more unique than the usual pumpkin spice, whipping up your own special scent may be the answer.

    Ashleigh and Burwood Fragrance Oils (£2.75 each) can easily be mixed together to create a new, unique fragrance. The finished mix can then be sprinkled on pot pourri or a tissue or placed in an oil burner in order to scent your home.

    There are plenty of Fragrance Oils to get creative with and mix into exciting new combinations. Here are a few spooky cocktails we’ve come up with for Hallowe’en…

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