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Candle Makeover

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I have been pretty busy this morning. I started making over my glass candle holders into the mercury glass look. I am so sorry, I didn’t take pics, but, I intend to do more, so I will be sure to take pics of the makeover.
You know those wonderful candles that have a timer with the led light? I love just those candles! But…I think, they look so plain. No character. So I got the courage up to plump them up a bit. I took some white taper candles I had from Christmas and gathered up the candles, coffee can, spoon and sauce pan. I covered the counter area by the stove with a couple of brown paper bags. Remember to cover your (fake) candle wick inside candle. I used a piece of the bag, no big deal, it came out easily.
See how plain those candles look! They are fine how they are, but I wanted them to look like they are real and have been used a lot! I rinsed out the coffee can, filled a saucepan about 1/3 with water.I broke apart 5 taper candles, and removed the wick. I can use those wicks for another project.I placed the broken up candles in the coffee can. I waited for the water to get hot…then placed the coffee can, with candles inside, in the sauce pot. I waited for the candles to melt. Let the candles melt completely.
I let the wax melt slowly.
This was part took a while. It was a good idea to use the brown paper bag, because all the wax that spilled down and puddled on the paper, but it was easily removed and put back into the can. This is how it looked with small drips going down the candle.
It looks better.....but I wanted more chunky. This would take forever to keep dripping it with spoon. And if anyone knows me well, they know I like to get my hands into a project....hehee. I had a small tuna can and put it on the paper bag on the counter. Now the coffee can didn't get too hot to handle, I was prepared to use a oven mitt . So with my right hand, I picked up the coffee can with the melted wax, and with the left hand I lifted the candle keeping it above the tuna can. I thought I would just catch the excess wax in the tuna can instead of just dripping onto the paper bag...and it turned out to be a great idea. I slowly poured the wax on the candle. I noticed the tuna can was filled with wax that was drying up but still warm. I picked up the wax with my fingers and patted it onto the candle....this turned out a easier way. Messy, but easily cleaned off my hands.
This is a pic of the finished candles.
I really love the look of these. They don't look fake. I like the way the candle holders turned out also....they were all done with Rustoleum Mirror Effect. I used gold on the center one, and silver on the others.
Just a note: Last night I came home and all the candles were lit up....Gorgeous!!! The beautiful lite that comes through the wax is stunning! I ended up and have done 21 makeovers. Take alook at my profile pic...I changed the candle in my seashell centerpiece...what a difference
That was before....this is after..
It's soo beautiful....the shells and small rhinestones has such pretty sparkle! Please, visit my diywebsite for hundreds of projects...kelleysdiy.com
and after...the same candle

Materials I used for this project:

  • 6 candle tapers (any old/new candles) to melt down
  • Coffee can or something to put the candles in
  • Saucepan
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To see more: https://kelleysdiy.com/2016/07/15/led-candle-makeovers/

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jul 15, 2016

    Wow - what an amazing look!

    • Kelleysdiy
      Kelleysdiy Palm Springs, CA
      on Jul 15, 2016

      Thank you Miriam, it's made a difference to the candles didn't it!

  • Geri Ann
    Geri Ann Delray Beach, FL
    on Jul 16, 2016

    Looks great!!!

  • NancyMaria
    NancyMaria Elko, NV
    on Jul 16, 2016

    Have you ever tried whipped wax? My mother used to take melted white wax and using an old hand crank mixer and beat the wax until it resembles whipped cream and warm the sides of the pillar candle and frost the outside like a cake. It looks really cool with dark candles inside.

    • Valleri Glasgow
      Valleri Glasgow
      3 days ago

      I forgot about those, loved those handmade candels of the 70's early 80's such an art! Does anyone know how to do the candel sculpting from the same era?

  • Gabrielle Falk
    Gabrielle Falk Australia
    on Jul 17, 2016

    YEARS ago you would save decorative wine bottles. Put a candle in the mouth of the bottle, and let the candle wax drip down the side of the bottle. Maybe put something under the bottle to catch any extra wax!

    • Kelleysdiy
      Kelleysdiy Palm Springs, CA
      on Sep 24, 2016

      I remember the 609'sand 70's......The wine bottle on the tables at restaurants. I did that myself then......memories!~! thank you!!

  • P_bloms
    P_bloms
    on Jul 17, 2016

    They look awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

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