Guys - I have a problem.. and it's a raging out of control addiction to Michaels.
Today is a day off work for me which I celebrate because, living in the middle of actual no where, means that days off are days without hours of driving. But this problem of mine took total control of my body and suddenly I found myself shopping at Michaels, and suddenly I was in the candle making section, and suddenly I was at the check-out buying TONS of candle making supplies, and it all just happened so fast! (stay tuned for soap making.. my addiction has pegged that, next).
In all seriousness, this is something that I've wanted to try for a long time. I've seen many crafters do it in a variety of ways so I decided to try out my own way! It went surprisingly well and is a lot easier than I thought it would be. If I'm being honest, next time the only thing I will purchase at Michaels is the wicks. Everything else can be found at the dollar store including the wax. I suggest buying or using old candle sticks and just melting those down. Does the same thing as buying chunks of wax which are W A Y too expensive for a cheapy like I!
Using acrylic paint, foam brushes, and a sponge that I cut to a circle shape, I painted my terracotta pots. Cheap paint means many layers however it dries within 30 seconds so this went fairly quickly! During this step I also filled in the hole at the bottom of my pot with clay that I happened to have in my craft box.
Voila! Once the pots were painted and dried, I glued the wicks to the bottom of the pot. I use a glue called Weldbond which is my #1 source of sticking anything to anything in my whole life. I swear by it.
I had previously purchased a cheap metal bowl from the dollar store knowing that anything I melt the wax in will get ruined. So I filled my good pot about 1/3 full of water, and placed my crappy bowl on top. Luckily, it fit perfectly in this pot. I set the temperature to as low as possible and it took about 15 minutes to melt entirely. I didn't stir the wax or touch it at all; I just let it do it's thing!
NOTE: this is the step where you will add in any food colouring or essential oils.
The wicks that I purchased were quite sturdy so therefore they didn't need too much support to stay in place. I have seen that some people have to tie their wicks to a support but mine were fine just like this. Using oven mitts, I lifted the bowl out from the water and slowly poured the wax into each pot. I then left it for about 30 minutes! I also suggest putting wax paper down for this step to protect your surface.
I have to say - I'm really happy with the way these turned out! I can't wait to experiment with different colours, scents, and candle holders.
I hope you enjoy!