7 September 2012

DIY vintage bowl candles

It's been a while since I've posted up a crafty entry, but hopefully this one will get you right back into the swing of things. 

I'm a major car boot sale fan (this one is a regular favourite), and love rooting through to find little treasures. Don't get me wrong, there's always an awful lot of tat, and sometimes it can be near impossible to find the treasures, but if you don't give up hope and keep an open mind you can nearly always find something to make the trip and the early start worthwhile. 

My last visit resulted in a new home for some pretty little bowls, but empty bowls, no matter how pretty they are, aren't nearly as great as pretty little candles. They're super easy and quick to make, and once you have the various bits and bobs you need, you'll be hooked. 

(ps - if I know you and you have a birthday/anniversary/wedding/Tuesday night coming up, you're very likely to be getting one, so look away now.)

DIY vintage bowl candles
Candle wax (you can buy it here)
Short candle wicks, ideally with metal bases (see here)
Small bowls/tins or other pretty containers

Firstly, clean and dry your containers.

Measure out the wax by completely filling the bowls with the un-melted wax. As it melts it will reduce in volume and should leave you with the right amount. Melt the wax according to the instructions (I melted it in a jug for easy pouring), then pour the melted wax into the containers. Carefully place the wicks in the centre. 

Leave the wax to cool completely, then trim the wicks. Don't try and rush the cooling, or the wax might harden with an uneven colour or surface. 

And then enjoy! Obviously whilst remembering not to leave lit candles unattended or on non-heat resistant surfaces. 

(I didn't, but if you like, you can add a bit of essential oil to scent your candles.) 

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