Dollar Store Bowl Hack

6 Materials
2 Hours

Grab a couple of bowls the next time you are at the store to make this gorgeous candle for your outdoor space.

I started this project off with two slightly different bowls.  

I got both of them from Dollar Tree. 

Once I had my bowls chosen, I wanted to glue them together base to base.  

I used two different types of glue to hold them together and started with E6000. 

Then, I added hot glue. I used gorilla glue sticks because they just tend to hold things pretty well. The hot glue will also act a little faster than the E6000.  

After allowing the glue to dry, it was time to paint them. I started by pouring some white paint into a tray.  

I added a little bit of honeycomb color as well to warm up the white.  

Finally, I added a little bit of baking soda. I don't really have an exact ratio of baking soda, I just put it in a little bit at a time so that I can add some texture to the paint.  

Once the paint was mixed, I applied it to the bowl in a horizontal fashion because I wanted it to look like pottery. I covered both the inside and outside of both bowls. 

After allowing the paint to dry, I wanted to add some sandstone texture so used textured spray paint.  

I added a light coat all over the bowls.  

To turn the faux stone bowls into a candle, I grabbed four candles from the dollar store.  

I removed the wicks from the ones I purchase and placed them in the bowl. I wrapped them around skewers to hold them in place.  

Then I started to melt down the candles. Be very careful with the hot wax. I used a pair of tongs to hold the hold candles.  

I added a few drops of lavender oil to each one before pouring it into the bowl.  

With the scent added, I slowly started pouring the wax from the first candle into the bowl. 

Then I did the same thing with the other two that I have. I have a backup one just in case but I ended up only using a little bit of it.  

Once I had the bowl filled with the wax, I let it sit to harden.  

Finally, I trimmed the wicks down with a pair of scissors.  

Can I just say how good you smell with the scents that I added? Here is my candle all lit up. It looks beautiful out on my screened-in porch. I love how this turned out and I love the smell of the lavender. It really does add a sense of ambiance to my outdoor living space. 

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  • Mary 'Eddy' Meyer Mary 'Eddy' Meyer on Jan 15, 2023

    I would have loved to know how you melted the candles and removed the wicks? That the biggest reason for me to watch the video and it wasn’t there 😔

  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 03, 2023

    Do you work for Dollar Store? Why do we need to pay $3.25 for the bowls and candles at the Dollar Store? We might have bowls from an old dishware set or we

    may get some at a thrift store. I have old candles; some are already scented and some are losing their scent; but I have oils. I think all I really have to buy is paint and I know I have silver, gold and red paint. So, I am thinking Christmas candles;)

    Thanks for the Idea,


  • Kaye Kaye on Sep 04, 2023

    Is the combination of fire and spray paint a problem as the candle burns down or towards the sides?

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