Here’s a seriously simple DIY project that you can try at home. It’ll leave your home feeling warm and cosy – and all you’ll need to buy are some coffee beans, some tea candles and a small container.


The project is a coffee-scented candle holder, which releases the glorious aroma of fresh coffee beans while the candle slowly burns.


It’s an idea we spotted on Pinterest. We loved it, we tried it, and now we’re sharing it with you. Here’s how it works:


First, buy a small, heat-resistant bowl. (A teacup will do the trick, but remember: you want your project to look as good as it smells.) Fill the cup with coffee beans, and place an unscented tea light in the middle, nestling it in so that it’s surrounded on the bottom and the sides by those coffee beans.


Tea lights, of course, are those round, white, little candles that come in small metallic holders. Depending on the size of the container you choose, you could either put a single candle inside, or stack two or three in among the beans.


Light the candle, and as it burns, the metal holder will heat up – heating the coffee beans in the process. That’ll create the subtle, pleasant aroma of roasting coffee.


Of course, you can get creative with the coffee beans. They don’t have to be your run-of-the-mill flavours: they could be anything from a Wiener Mischung to an Italian blend. Have a look at what’s on the shelves at your RCS Shopping Network grocery store, and experiment with some exotic flavours and scents. Your DIY candles will take care of the rest.


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