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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  • Kathy Wiley Kathy Wiley on Sep 03, 2023

    I have seen it done she heated the candles in jars over low heat water bath then as you see she used tongs to hold it to pour.once the wax melts some you can pull out thewick

  • Sharon Jorgensen Sharon Jorgensen on Sep 04, 2023

    Possibly. It is pretty. And fairly simple. I would suggest using a primer first on the bare glass. Helps the paint adhere better.