Hiii guys! Happy Family Day! Last night, after both Liyana went to sleep and my husband left to hang out with his friends, I decided to do a quick DIY.
Two weeks ago, I went to Value Village and bought some beautiful silverware and ceramic pottery for $10 in total. I saved these stories on my Instagram Highlights, so I hope you check them out for more thrifted finds. When I saw these beauties in the Value Village aisles, I knew they had a greater destiny than just sitting there in Value Village. So here we are on a Sunday night, making these DIY candles with thrifted items and old candles.
A few months ago, I had purchased some beeswax from Amazon in hopes of making Beeswax wraps – but I never got around to it. So… what better opportunity than to make a beeswax candle in the thrifted silverware. The small problem we have though is that we don’t have enough BeesWax to make all three into candles.
Enter: all the old candles you may have lying around that no longer light up. Lets melt those and make cute new candles with new wicks!
I think these are such a PERFECT item to gift to someone, whether it is for a birthday, house warming, or even just a “Thinking of You” gift. What really makes them stand out are the thrifted containers that can be ANYTHING: old silver ware, cute glass ware, character pieces like vintage tea cups, small tins. The possibilities are totally endless with this thrifted DIY! Best part about this, its cheap on the wallet when custom candles like this one retail easily at $30-$40 each. I would estimate the cost of each candle to be under $5-$7 depending on the wax and container you use – This is why i love a good thrifted DIY!
What you need for this thrifted DIY:
- Old candles or some new wax – I did a combination of both
- Thirfted containers or old containers you have thirfted or even have lying around – even old candle containers work if you have saved those.
- Wicks – I bought this 100 pack from amazon, and its perfect because now I can make candles for gifts!! I mean, who wouldn’t love a beautiful hand made candle
- Hot glue/Glue gun
- Some pencils to level the wicks
What to do to make this Thrifted DIY:
- Make sure your containers are clean, and glue the wicks with hot glue
- next use the pencils to wrap the wicks around them, and hold them centered
- Create a hot water bath in a saucepan or pot and let your water come to a simmer.
- In a second steel bowl or container, that you will only use for all your future candle making if you are like me, put your wax in and let it melt. If you are melting an old candle, you can either plop it straight into the hot water, or pop the candle in the freezer for 20 minutes and pop the wax out and then melt that. Its really your call – both are super easy.
- Once the wax is melted, carefully use tongs or mitts to lift out your bowl with melted wax.
- carefully pour the wax into the containers of choice and let them harden over night
I did this DIY on a Sunday night, so there aren’t very many good pictures, but there are videos you can check out here
I think these turned out pretty darn cute, and because I love styling and Spring is JUST around the corner… I styled them for Spring and also added one to our guest room next to this sign I made