None of your bees wax!

I find lots of my inspiration on the internet but I also find some at Value Village. Going through all of the used and unwanted stuff really gets me thinking about how I can repurpose them. During my last venture to Value Village, I found these candleholders.  

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I already really like the distressed look of them and think they would go really nicely in my sisters room. So since the holders didn’t need improving, I decided to make beeswax candles to put into them.

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My grandpa, and more recently my dad, has a few beehives at home. Over the years they have collected the excess wax after the extraction process and filtered it so that it may be used for candles. So lucky for me, I didn’t have to buy any of the wax for this project. The first step was to take the wax and melt it in the microwave so it was completely liquid.

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As the wax was melting in the microwave, I started boiling water in a pot and created a double boiler but with a small cylinder mold so I can get a lot of wax on the wicks for the candles.

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I then tied the wick onto a toothpick and started to dip it into the wax and refilling the cylinder as soon as it got low so I wouldn’t run out of wax halfway though the process.

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Slowly but surely the candle starts building up. in order to speed up the process I let it cool and harden for 1or 2 minutes between every coat.

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I think the colour of the candle look really nicely with the holders and the wall colour. They were super easy to make and I will definitely make more.

Professor Plum, in the library with the candlestick.

A few weeks ago I received candleholders from a friend because they were trying to make room for their move. They were very nice and tall but didn’t seem to fit in with my home decor. So with the help of my sister we started to brainstorm ideas on how we could improve these candleholders. We ended up deciding on revamping them into an outdoor beach-style holder. With the use of a little twine and glass paint we turned our idea into reality.

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This is what they looked like before. Notice the 80’s home décor influence? Prior to starting, we lay down newspaper and washed the holders out.

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Since we were using a spray can of frosted glass paint we went outside for good ventilation. Home depot sells Rust-Oleum (frosted glass) we just followed the directions on the can and sprayed 2 coats on the top and bottom of the holders.

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We then let them dry for 15 minutes and while we waited we tried to make our heads stop spinning from the glass paint fumes. Note to self: next time, use a respirator.

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After they finished drying, we brushed Modge Podge on the stem of the holders and twisted the jute around it, which created a rustic beachy feel. It was easiest to apply the modge podge in two-inch sections, so that it wouldn’t dry out or get too messy.

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Here is the final product. I’m already excited for patio season so that we can try them out!