I don’t know about everyone else, but I am a HUGE thrift store peruser! Whenever I have spare time, I like to hop over to my local second hand shop just to see if there’s anything good that someone has so graciously donated. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?
I scored BIG with this beautiful little vessel! I think it’s a vintage sugar canister? I can’t be sure, but regardless, it was so cute and only $2! I had to get it. Passing through the isles, I noticed the mountain of donated candles, and an idea sprung into my mind: I should make the little container into a candle! I grabbed a $1, creamy-white colored candle jar that was mostly full (a Salt City candle, might I add. Those babies can go for up to $60 now days!!)
All I needed now was a wick! I already knew I wanted it to go in the bathroom we were currently renovating, so I wanted it to be… romantic. Relaxing. On my way to the Hobby store, I decided I should put a wood wick in it! So that’s just what I did.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
1. A vessel of some sort to transfer your candle into. I did some searching for you and found a comparable $4 sugar dish from World Market that would make an adorable candle!
2. Any old candle to transfer, you may just have one lying around! For this tutorial, you’ll need one that’s in a jar, not just a pillar candle. Though, you can transfer those as well, it’s just a different process.
3. Wood wicks, and a glue gun. You can get them on Amazon, or use thin balsa wood sticks as a substitute. You’ll just need to soak them in olive oil first, and make sure they are secure to your vessel!
4. (Optional) Any essential oils or candle scents you’d like to add. You’re candle may have an aroma you enjoy already, so this is completely up to you.
Step 1: Melt your candle wax. There are two different ways you can melt your candle wax. If you have no time constraints, any candle melting pad will work it will just take several hours. If you’re like me and want to get your projects done quickly so you can enjoy them as soon as possible, you can put it in a boiling pot of water for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of your candle. Just keep an eye on it, and when it has melted all the way, USE HOT PADS to take it out of the pot. Have a pot holder ready to set it on, so the wax doesn’t solidify (on granite) too quickly–or on the other hand–damage your countertops. The glass is hot so be careful!
Step 2: While your wax is melting, use the glue gun to glue the wick to the bottom of your vessel. Leave the wick longer than you want it, you’ll cut it AFTER the wax is poured inside.
Step 3: Get out a baking sheet, and line it with tinfoil or parchment paper. Be sure to have your oven mitts handy, as you’ll want to pour the wax while it’s still pretty hot.
Step 4: Carefully pour the wax into the vessel. Don’t worry if you drip some! That’s what you prepared for, right? (; Besides, you can always wipe it off of the jar. If you’re worried about the color of your candle staining the vessel, you can wrap the jar in plastic wrap and secure it with painter’s tape. Or make it up as you go, I often do that haha. This is the point where you’d add any extra scents you want in your candle.
Step 5: Wait for the wax to harden NATURALLY. You can put the jar in the fridge or the freezer, but it will form bubbles in the wax, making it look sort of dry and crusty. It only took about a half hour for my wax to harden enough for me to cut the wick, so it doesn’t take too long.
Step 6: Cut the wick to your desired length; I would suggest leaving about 1/2″ above the wax, so it’ll give the flame room to flicker. And voilà! You have a beautiful new candle to show off in your home! I absolutely love mine.
I hope that was helpful for everyone! I’d love to see your candle creations! Thanks for reading, à bientôt!