A2A Josh Dawson
I do loads of candles at home, but i dont document the process. So, based on thing i have tried, below are few DIY’s for cute looking candles.
Generally, for melting wax - Use a double boiler, or a make-shift one with a pot and heat-proof bowl (you can fill a pot half-full with water, bring to a simmer, and set metal bowl on top), melt the wax flakes and 3 or 4 of the scent cubes(Your preference).
Now, lets see different designs you can art out in making pretty candles:
a) Glitter & Glow: Simply spray the inside of a votive holder with adhesive spray, then sprinkle and shake your choice of glitter (larger flakes are recommended) around until the surface of the vase is covered completely.
Then slowly pour the wax into the jar. Try to pour it directly into the center and away from the sides. Freeze for 3-4 hours until the wax has firmed up, and then, your glitter & glow candle is ready to use.
Final product will look something like this.
Image source: Google images
b) Fun-fetti Candle: Use a hot glue gun to attach a wick to the bottom of the jar. Mix together your corn syrup and water in a separate bowl, and coat the inside of the Mason jar with the mixture. A small paintbrush can help you reach the lower parts. While holding the jar horizontally, add a spoonful of sprinkles and slowly roll the jar around to mix them up inside. Add another spoonful and repeat until the jar is covered completely.
Lay a pen or pencil across the tops of the jars and tape the wicks to them to keep the wicks centered.
Then slowly pour the wax into the jar. Try to pour it directly into the center and away from the sides. Freeze for 3-4 hours until the wax has firmed up and your candle is ready to use.
Image Source: Google Images/Pinterest
c) Painted & Mercury Glass Votive: To achieve the painted artsy effect, simply scribble watery paint on the inside of a glass votive candle holder and let it dry.
For Mercury glass votive, you’ll need mirror-like paint spray and a glass of your choice to make this votive holder.
Spray equal parts vinegar and water in between two to three light coats of the paint spray (depending on the size of your glass), then blot gently with a paper towel to create a weathered look.
Mercury glass votive (Google Images)
Painted glass votive (Google Images)
d) Stained Glass: You’ll need…
*Tissue paper in your desired colours
*Mod Podge (matte finish), in a pinch you can also use school glue
*Glass containers to fit your candle(s)
*Paper punches in various shapes
Make your tissue paper shapes with your paper punches and set them aside. Scoop out some Mod Podge (or glue) with your paintbrush and water it down for a thinner texture. Place your tissue paper shapes on the candle and affix them with your paintbrush. Brush gently, and take your time!
After your candle is dry, you’ll notice that any surface of the votive brushed with Mod Podge and not affixed with a tissue paper shape will have a frosted look. If this bothers you, dip a Q-tip in hot water and gently scrub.
e) French Vanilla Candles: Pour in a small layer of wax and add a layer of coffee beans and vanilla beans. Then fill the rest of the cup with wax. You can stir wax with a chopstick to distribute the bean pieces if needed.
Let the wax harden and trim the wick.
It would look something like this.
Image Source: Google images/ Pinterest
If you did try, dont forget to post the pictures in the comment :)