Sunday, April 14, 2013

Upcycle: Candle to Cute Storage!!

Do you ever buy candles that are built into glass jars, and once they are completely out of wick to light, you don't know what to do with them? Do not fret, I have a solution!
Here is a quick little DIY for you creative gals to do with items you probably already have in your house! The only supplies you will need is 1) Used glass candle container 2) Dish soap 3) Nail Polish and 4) Parring knife.

Start with your used candle container. Just a heads up, this Pineapple Mango candle I got as a gift from Bath and Body Works smells Ah-mazing! I would totally recommend getting it!
With a parring knife, slice the remaining candle bits into little squares or oblong shapes to make them easier to remove. Your candle might have a little sticky adhesive part right underneath the candle wick base, so just take a spoon and try and carve it out the best you can.
And voila! Empty candle!
(excuse the blurry photo) This is an important step! Remove any stickers attached to the candle holder and wash it super well with dish soap, water and a sponge so that you get all of the waxy filament off of the container, and any sticky residue from the bottom of the wick holder.
Take a strip of duct tape about 10 inches (depending on your cup size) long and rip it vertically to make small strips, width depending on how thick you want the stripes. Starting from one edge of the container, stick the duct tape strips across the cup until you reach the other edge. It should look like this.
Continue doing this until you have covered the container with the desired amount of strips. Make sure to use enough duct tape to have some lying over the outside edge of the glass because it will be very helpful in later steps. Do not worry about the spacing and tape to be exact and perfect, because I personally think it looks cuter when its a little uneven!
Here is the nail polish I decided to use for the stripes. It is Pink Elephants by Sephora and O.P.I! Its a very bright a girly pink that anyone would LOVE.

Take the nail polish and start painting the inside of the glass in the clear space between the duct tape. Its OK to go over the duct tape with nail polish, because you have little ends sticking out on the outside to use to remove the tape later. Paint the inside until the entire thing is covered, and if you want to, let it dry and add another coat.
Here is what it looks like from the outside, looks kinda like candy!
When it is dry, slowly remove the pieces of tape starting from the last one you put on, all the way to the first. Some of the nail polish might chip off in this process, but don't worry, it'll still look cute! Just for some sealant I painted over the whole inside of the glass with clear nail polish.
 After looking at the finished project, I realized it needed a little more 'spazazz' to it, so I went over the clear area with glitter nail polish, repeated the clear coat step and then Tada! Super cute and girly container!
Here is a picture of the complete project again. You can use this to store cotton balls, thumb tacks, hair ties, anything you can imagine! This can be done with all sizes of containers and all different shapes! Have fun and Happy DIY!

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