Looking for a new craft idea to keep you warm this winter?
Candle making can provide a calming activity to engage in during the chilly months of Chicago’s infamous winter. Plus, they make a great and inexpensive gift for your friends! You can play around with colors and scents to create the perfect environment in your home or office. Below is a simple step by step tutorial to get your creativity flowing. Be sure to post a photo to Instagram or Twitter and tag @30eastapts. We love seeing all of your unique creations!
What You’ll Need:
Soy wax chips
Wax Dixie cups
Scissors or zester (we used scissors)
Bonus tip: add a few drops of an essential oil into each layer for a scented candle.
How to Make Soy Candles
Peel crayons and cut into small pieces. Each color goes into a different Dixie cup. (Please note: final color will be lighter than wax appears when melted
Place wick in center of jar. Use tape to hold it in place. You will need to keep tape on until first layer of melted wax has dried.
Microwave first cup of crayons. The smaller your crayons are, the faster they will melt. This will be your bottom layer.
Stir in soy wax chips with coffee stirrers or a toothpick. The amount will depend on how thick you want each layer to be. You may need to return to microwave if your chips do not quickly melt.
Pour melted wax into mason jar. Be mindful not to pour on the edge of the glass. It will add a vertical drip line and mess up your layer. If you create a vertical drip line, wait until layer has dried to scratch away with clean coffee stirrer.
Wait for layer to completely dry. Repeat steps 3-6 until candle is at your desired height.
October is the start of an awesome season. From Halloween and Veterans Day to Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is a lot to be celebrated. So why not start off with some treats? Try this delicious recipe for an awesome Halloween desert! Also, don’t forget to stop by 30 East and tour today!
What you’ll need:
1.1 (16 ounce) package of truffle brownie mix (can be found at Target, Trader Joes, etc…)
2.½ cup of butter, melted
3.2 eggs – large white eggs are recommended
4.½ cup pumpkin spice-flavored morsels (Nestle!)
5.2 tablespoons Halloween sprinkles, or to taste
How do you cook it? Just follow these quick and easy directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch baking pan with 2-inch sides.
2.Stir brownie mix, butter, and eggs together in a bowl until just blended. Stir in pumpkin spice morsels gently. Spread batter in the prepared pan.
3.Bake in the preheated oven until top is dry and edges have started to pull away from the sides of the pan, 25 to 30 minutes. Scatter sprinkles on top. Let cool before slicing and removing from the pan, about 30 minutes.
Want to know how the nutrition facts behind this sweet tooth desert? Check it out:
·197 mg sodium
Have a happy and safe Halloween and we hope you enjoy your holidays!
August is a huge month for many people across the country with planned vacations, students going back to school, summer internships coming to an end, and more! If you're in Chicago for one of these reasons and need something to do, check out these fun days below!
August 9: National Book Lovers Day
August 11: National Son and Daughter Day
August 15: National Relaxation Day
August 19: National Potato Day
August 26: Womens Equality Day
August 31: National Eat Outside Day
Chicago also has a ton of amazing restaurants, museums, and art exhibits to check out! While you spend time trying these places out, stop by 30 East to sign your lease!