First thing is
finding the right container, here are a few ideas:
A coffee can,
Use any size coffee can, I like
using the big ones :-)
Here's how I did mine......I peeled the paper off the can and spray
painted the can white.
Then, I used a damp sponge and
sponge painted the can green. I lightly sponged in burgundy and finished
it off with bronze metallic paint. Don't forget it's better to have to
little paint than too much, cause you can always add more.
Using decoupage glue I attached
some sunflower Wallies. You can, also, use magazine cutouts or gift
wrap. Coat the whole can with the glue. Don't worry it dries clear.
With a glue gun glue a wick to the
can. If you are using the large can, use 3 wicks in a triangle
pattern. Use a wooden dowel to roll the excess wick. Don't cut off the
excess wick. Place the pencil across the top of the can to hold the wick
Take the stuff left at the bottom
of your other candles and throw it in the can, you can also buy votive
candles and break them up. Do that until you have as many as you wish.
I usually fill it to the top.
In another coffee can over a pan
halfway filled with water, (double boiler style) melt some plain wax. I
buy it at the grocery store in the canning section or buy white
Drop (pour) the melted wax in the
can, until about an inch from the top. Use a wooden dowel to carefully
stir up the wax to remove the air bubbles.
Have some extra wax handy, because
when the candle hardens it shrinks and you'll end up with a big hole in
the middle. Top off the candle with wax as needed and let cool
A milk carton
Glue the wick to the bottom, and
add a small amount of wax to seal any holes (just in case) dump your
leftover wax pieces, add the melted wax, and when cooled, simple tear
the carton apart....that's it!
Hints for the milk carton candle:
If you put the candle in your
freezer, you'll get a beautiful crackle effect on you candle.
If you add ice cubes to the carton
while the wax is still melted, you'll get a funky flower petal candle,
since the ice will melt leaving holes in your candle Don't forget the
tear off the carton in the kitchen sink.