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Candle in a Can

Most scented candles contain paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum, coal or shale oil. When it's burnt, paraffin wax releases toxic compounds into the air, including acetone, benzene, and toluene – all known carcinogens. So not only are they damaging the environment but our health, too. This DIY has

What you'll need:

  • Waste paper (almost anything will work, except try not to use glossy paper like magazines)

  • Water

  • A blender or food processor

  • An old picture frame

  • Mesh or screen (can be found at a craft store)

  • Felt, cloth or sponge

  • Plastic bin


  • Rip pieces of paper into small pieces

(The thicker the paper the smaller it has to be shred)

  • Soak in water

(The thicker the paper the longer it has to soak)

  • Put small handful of paper and 2 cups of water in a blender

  • Blend for 15-30 seconds

(Blend until the fibers are separated. If to thick at more water, but don't over pour or else you'll have thin paper)

  • Attach your screen to your frame using duck tape, staples or any other method that will keep the screen affixed to the frame’s edges

  • Pour the pulp into your bin or pan, then sink the mold into the water mixture. Pull the mold up, and pulp should cover the screen

  • Use a cloth or sponge to press out excess water

  • Let the paper dry

(Let it dry on the screen)

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