What’s up peeps?! A couple of weeks ago, I shared how I DIY’ed a BIG candle in a really pretty bowl that I picked up at our local Bargain Hunt store for just $5! Today I thought I’d wrap that into a blog post with a step by step for how I did it!
There’s two ways you could go about this project: the smart way or my way 😀
I’ll break down how I did it…
1. Find a big bowl to use for the candle
You’re going to want something that can take some heat and not melt/get too hot. I used a really heavy, thick glass bowl.
2. Break out those have burned candles
I think we’ve all got some of these candles that we’ve lit a couple of times but never used up. For my candle, I used 5 pillar candles, and a total of 7 tapered candles.
3. Arrange the candles in the bowl
I started with the 5 pillars close together in a circle and used 5 tapered candles in the middle. As they burned, I had two big gaps on one side between the candles and the side of the bowl, so I added two more tapered candles and lit them so that they’d fill in the spaces.
4. Light the candles and let them burn
I lit all the wicks and just let them start burning. Every 15-20 minutes, I’d check on them and swirl the wax in the bowl a little to start getting it to set.
5. It’s going to look ugly before it looks pretty
At a certain point, it’s going to look like a literal hot mess, and you’re going to think you just wasted a bowl and your money trying to do this. But I promise, if you keep letting them burn and keep swirling the wax until it gets even in the bowl, it’ll all turn out. I worked on mine for about 3 days of burning and swirling for a little while each day until it smoothed out.
6. Pull out the extra wicks
If you think you’ve got too many wicks in the bowl, light them all until the wax melts down some, then you can blow out the wick you don’t want and use some tweezers to pull it out.
And voila! You have a candle that looks like you spent $50 bucks when you only spent $5. (but don’t tell anyone that! Let them think you’re a big spender 😉 )
The other way to get the same look would be to just melt some candle wax down on your stove-top and then pour it into whatever container you’d like to use… but if you’d like to use up those old candles you’ve got lying around, here’s your chance!