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What is more romantic than a candle lit dinner with the one you love? Statistics show 8 out of every 10 households in the United States burn candles on a regular basis. The horrifying statistic is that around 90% of these homes are burning petroleum based scented candles. Many of these toxic candles contain up to 11 different cancer causing agents or carcinogens, and some of them are the same compounds given off by burning diesel fuel. Not a healthy thing to be burning on a regular basis in the home and the long term affects are just to scary to think about. With upwards of 3 billion dollars spent on candles annually, a great majority are still petroleum based, with much of the petroleum coming from foreign countries. But there is an answer to the dilemma. Burning 100% American grown and made scented soy candles is the right choice, both for the economy and more importantly for the health of your family.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

The soy beans used in soy candles is 100% American grown. A great way to support American made products is to purchase soy candles. But there are many other benefits to burning a soy candle, as opposed to a petroleum based candle. Soy is a renewable resource and lessens our dependence on foreign oil. As soy wax is a clean burning natural product, this is also a good way to help the environment. It's considered a green product.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

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Soy wax burns at a lower temperature, which means the candle lasts longer and is not as dangerous to skin. A longer lasting candle means less money spent on replacing used up candles.

Soy wax is 100% biodegradable because it's made from vegetable matter. Petroleum based candles are almost impossible to clean up as the oil can soak into fabrics, soy way is an easy clean up with warm water and soap because it is biodegradable.

There is nothing in soy that is considered a cancer causing agent. It's a much healthier choice for you and your home.

Soy wax produces less soot, up to 90% less than petroleum based candles. So no soot going into your lungs or clinging to your walls, it's considered a healthy alternative to the petroleum based paraffin candles.

Soy candles are much less bothersome to those with asthma and other breathing problems. Soy candles have been shown to hold a scent and color much better than paraffin candles.

Scented soy candles burn more evenly, so you don't get that hole down the middle of your candle and then it won't burn at all.

With any candle, the risk of fire is always present. A soy candle burns at a lower temperature, which reduces the risk of something catching fire within the home. This is the only safety issue with a scented soy candle. This all natural, biodegradable and healthy alternative to the petroleum based candle is a must for the dedicated candle lover. So go ahead and replace all your paraffin candles with all natural scented soy candles. The choice is easy, and you will never regret it.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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