So, its no secret that I am constantly inspired and drooling over Anthropologie’s home decor. Â A couple of months ago I was taking a bit of a gander in there and I saw some beeswax candles in the shapes of vintage bottles with intricate details along the sides. Â From there, I decided that I was going to attempt to make a couple of my own vintage looking candles and share the steps here.
-Different sized glass bottles
-Chop sticks & rubber bands
Step 1. Â Buy your candle wax and wicks. I bought mine at Michaels for a great price.
Step 2. Â I bought three different sized bottles at an antique store.
Step 3. Â Once you place the wick in the bottle, Â place the chopsticks on either side of the wick and hold it together using rubber bands on each end of the sticks. Â (This ensures that the wick wont move or sink when the wax is poured into the bottle)
Step 4. Â Melt your wax in a pot!
Step 5. Â Once the wax is melted, place a plastic cylinder on top of the bottle and pour the wax (slowly *) till it reaches the top. Â Remove the chopsticks and place a binder clip on the wick until the wax is solid.
Step 6. Â Okay, here is the crucial step. Â Once you are sure that the wax has solidified, it is time to break the glass. Â I smashed the sides of my bottles outside on my concrete patio, and swept up the glass afterwards.
Here is the finished product!
They especially look good when they are lit up and wax running down the sides.
This DIY was easy breezy Â and I am quite pleased with the results, but i do have a few tips!
* Wax is not the easiest thing to clean, so whenever you are pouring your wax, place parchment paper underneath- this is going to save you a whole lot of time scraping dried wax off your counters.
*When you are cleaning your pot, the best way to do so is when the wax is still hot and in a liquid state at the bottom of the pot. Â If you wait till the wax is dry, you will spend wasteful minutes trying to scrub and pick the pot. Â If it does dry, just heat it back on the stove and clean then. Â (Pour liquid out and wash and dry pot)
*Chopsticks are necessary in this DIY. Â I attempted to do one without, and it turned into a mess and i lost the wick at the bottom.
*When the wax cools in the bottles, it solidifies and the wax lowers. Â So you are going to want to keep your wax heated so you can re-pour the top.
*Breaking the glass can be a little tricky.Â Don’t be shy when you are smashing it against the concrete ð Take the side of the bottle and smash it on the side. Â The top of the bottle is where you need to be a little bit more delicate.
*Wear gloves when you are breaking the bottles (for obvious reasons :)).