DIY Essential Oils Candle

There’s just something about candles and their ability to change our mood we can’t get enough of. The smells can be relaxing or invigorating and the flicker of the light is mesmerizing. You can ignite just one or create an alter with various sizes and styles. We decided to try our hand at creating our own essential oil candles. The combinations are endless and we reccomend experimenting until you find a scent combination you love

What you’ll need:

-A clean candle container, use one from a burnt out candle for an upcycled option. We chose one with a hand painted design.

-1 lb of soy wax flakes

-Candle wick

-Scissors

-Chopsticks, or a pencil works too

-Essential Oils: We’re using Lavender, Orange, Lemongrass, Patchouli and Grapefruit

-Oven mitt

Step 1: Place the metal part of the wick at the bottom of the container. Carefully and tightly wrap the wick around the chopstick so it rests on the side of the container but still touches the bottom of it. Now that you know the right size, remove the chopstick and wick.


 

 

Step 2: Fill the container to the top with soy wax flakes. It can be hard to judge exactly how much of the flakes you need, so keep the rest nearby.


 

Step 3: Put the container and the flakes in the microwave and heat them up for approximately :30 seconds. Take out the container – don’t forget to use the mitt! – and mix up the flakes with the chopstick. Check to see how much has melted. If they barely melted, stick it back in the microwave for another :30. If they started to melt, simply add in more flakes and repeat the process until the wax is melted and approximately an inch away from the top.


 

Step 4: Place the container on a heat safe surface to let it cool. Continue to periodically stir it so it doesn’t solidify. Once it is cooler but not solid, Add the drops to the candle and mix them in with the other chopstick

How many drops should you use?

This question is tricky and depends on the type of oil you’re using as well as how potent you’d like your candle. The recipe is generally 1/4 oz of essential oil per 1 lb of soy wax. This is approximately 150 drops per 1 lb of candle wax!!

We used a 9 oz candle jar so we used approximately 80 drops total.


Step 5: Slowly and carefully add the wick back into the candle and let the chopstick rest on the edge. Do not place the candle in the fridge. Let it rest for at least 48 hours.

T-Shirt→ Tank

Got old tee laying around? Or maybe ones that are just too big? Summer is a great time to break out old tees and get creative. We used our Krazy Krinkle T-shirt but anything should work. Vintage tees with a cool logo are always a favorite choice as well.

What you’ll need:

-Aweseome t-shirt, at least a size up than you usually wear

-Tank top for reference

-Scissors

-Marker or pen

Let’s get started:

 

Step 1: Lay the t-shirt down inside out, front side up and place the reference tank on top of it.

Step 2: Use the pen to mark the depth of the neck line and outline the arm holes. It doesn’t have to be the exact same size as the tank, just use it as a reference.

 

Step 3: Cut the neck out of the shirt by following your pen marks. It may be easier to cut the front of the shirt and then the back. Cut the arm holes out too, but do both sides at the same time.

Step 4: Save one of the sleeves! Open it up and lay it out. At this time you can also turn your shirt right-side out.

 

Step 5: Open up the sleeve and cut two 1″ thick strips along the seam side (the side that is more straight, less curved). Luckily we have another sleeve if you mess up!

Step 6: Take the first strip and tie it over the two straps of the tank. Continue to criss-cross the tie down.

NOTE: Make sure you look at where you are starting. This determines how deep of a neckline you’ll have.

 

Step 7: Knot the second strip directly on top of the end of the first strip and continue down the tank. When you’re done, tuck the knot behind the straps and the loose ends into it.

Step 8: Try it on and check out! Wear it over a bandeau bra or sports bra to create a look that fits your style.

Simple Scarf Bow

We have some super creative employees at Earthbound who are always at the forefront on new trends. Patrice, our HR coordinator, took the bug scarf and tied it into a beautiful bow. Follow along below to see how you can get this quick and easy look!

 

Step 1: Pull your hair back with a stretchy cotton headband. Choose a color that complements the scarf and/ or your hair color.

Step 2: Place the scarf underneath your hair and wrap it to the front of your head, crossing once.

 

Step 3: Tie a bow just like how you would tie your shoes. You may need to fluff the bow and style it with bobby pins.

 

Step 4: Tuck the loose ends of the bow underneath the headband. Use bobby pins to secure the scarf to the headband and your hair.

TA-DA! Simple and easy way to transform a patterned scarf into a hair accessory. Let us know in the comments

Dog Blog: Pet Profile Loki Marroquin

At Earthbound, our pets are just as much a part of our lives as anyone else. Many of us lovingly refer to them as our “fur babies” and we couldn’t imagine life without them. Check out the interview with our HR Assistant Michelle Harrenga’s dog, Mr. Loki Marroquin.

Nickname: Well…sometimes mom and dad call me Yoki or Baby Boy, but mostly just Loki. Oh… they do say No a lot, so that might count too.

Breed: I am a big, bad, scary Pitbull!

Favorite Foods/Toys: I love to chew on the chairs in the dining room and steal my sister Bella’s food. My favorite toys are Bunny and Rope, but I’ll play with any of the toys my human brothers and sister leave on the floor for me.

Dislikes: When my water bowl runs out of water! Bella and I drink a lot of water and sometimes Mom and Dad are busy. It’s ok though; I just carry my water bowl into the living room and show them that it’s empty. Mom says sorry and refills it fast!

Known for: Trying to conquer the world! (Evil laugh)


How did you meet your mom, Michelle?

  • Well… my first parents took me to Dads work and showed my brothers and I to him and one of my human brothers. I liked them right away so I made a point to be on my best behavior. Then 2 weeks later I got to go home with them and meet Mom, Bella, and the rest of the little humans! It was a great day!

We hear you have a BIG family! What are some of your favorite things to do with them?

  • Yes! I have 4 human brothers and 1 human sister! We play all the time! I jump on them and lick them all over! Mom says it can be too much love, but I just can’t help myself! We play basketball and soccer and I’m really good at getting the ball when we play catch.

What’s it like having Bella for a big sister?

  • It’s amazing! She’s so good to me. I have to bite her really hard before she bites me back. I love being around her and I follow her everywhere! We do everything together. She doesn’t like to cuddle as much as I do, but if she’s really tired and if I really try to be calm, she’ll let me sleep next to her.

What’s an average day like for Loki?

  • I get up early! I love the morning. I like to sit on the back patio and smell the air for a long time before I want to come in, even if Mom is calling me. I get to play with all my human brothers and sister all day long since school is out! They are so crazy though, that I need to take lots of naps.

What’s the hardest part about being a puppy?

  • People think that I’m older than I am because I’m so big and strong! They don’t realize that I’m still just a baby and only 4 ½ months old.

Since your name is Loki, you must be a huge Avengers fan. Is he your favorite?

  • Yes! I got 2 words for you…World Domination!

You’re still young but you’re growing up fast! What do you want to be when you grow up?

  • When I grow up I want to be coolest, strongest, fastest, bestest looking dog in the world!

If you could meet any dog in the world, who would that be and why?

  • I would love to meet Hulk! He is the biggest pitbull in the world!

You recently debuted as an Earthbone model for our online store. What was that like?

  • It was pawesome! There were so many great dogs to play with and even a cat! I got to play with some great toys and Mom gave me a ton of treats! I can’t lie…all of the attention was intoxicating! I love when Mom and Dad show me my pics on the Earthbound website!

What do you want the world to know? Any words of inspiration? Advice? It is a dog eat dog world out there…

  • Don’t judge a dog by its breed!

DIY Fringe T-shirt

First off, you need a rad t-shirt you don’t mind cutting up. We’re using this Sublime shirt featuring their album 40 oz to freedom.

What else you need:

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard or other sturdy material for an eye-shaped stencil
  • Marker
  • Scotch tape

Let’s get comfortable:

     

Step 1: Lay the t-shirt flat on the floor and create an eye-shaped template from cardboard or another sturdy material. The template should be 4.5″ from the center of the eye shape. Width should be same as t-shirt.


Step 2: Trace the shape of the eye onto the front of the shirt.


     

Step 3: Cut the front AND the back of the shirt along the LOWER curve. Then, cut ONLY the front of the shirt along the UPPER curve to create a hi-lo effect.


Step 4: Try on the shirt and decide how high up you want the fringe to be. Place a piece of tape as a guide and remove the shirt.


Step 5: Begin cutting the fringe, through the lower and upper curve, to the tape. Each fringe should be approximately 3/8″ to 1/2″ wide, depening on preference.


     

Step 6: Remove the tape and try it on! Fast and simple hi-lo fringe t-shirt to get you through those summer days.