Target has a craft section that has some items like wooden signs, shadow boxes and trays that serve as a blank canvas for any project. I bought a small geometric wooden planter that happened to be on clearance for $2 from their craft section. When I first saw it I instantly knew it would be a fun project to paint and make into a candle. Here is my process of making a custom DIY candle from a simple wooden planter.
- Small wooden planter (you can get these at any craft store or at target)
- Acrylic Paint color of your choice and paint brush
- Mod podge
- Two small candles or candle wax (I purchased the plain candles from dollar tree)
- painters tape
First you need to cut down your candles into small chunks. Make sure to pull out the wicks first so that you can use them for your new candle. To melt the wax put in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in increments of one minute until melted. Stir in between to help it melt quicker. It took about 5 minutes for mine to melt down.
While that is melting grab your wooden base and tape off the top so you can paint the top ring in the color of your choice. If you are super careful you do not need the tape, it does make it a lot easier to use it though. Paint on a layer of acrylic paint this should dry super fast because the wood soaks it in and dries it quickly. You can do more than one coat if needed, and then after it dries I would seal it with a coat of Mod Podge.
Now that your wax is melted grab your wicks and one by one dip the end that has the aluminum bottom into the hot wax and then set into the base of the wooden planter. This should dry quickly and allow your wicks to stay in place when you are filling your candle. You can also use hot glue if you want to make sure they don’t move at all.
If you picked out an unscented candle you can stir in a couple drops of your favorite essential oil into the hot wax. I added Lavender to my candle. Pour in your wax to the desired height make sure not to over fill past the wicks. Let dry for about two hours. Now you can enjoy your beautiful custom candle.