Metallic Votive Candles

We rarely use store bought candles in our home as making candles is so simple and inexpensive. I have been noticing metallic candle holders in a lot of my favorite interior stores lately, so I wanted to share with you a DIY version you can make from dollar store votives.

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You will need:

  • Glass Votives
  • Metallic Spray Paints (I used gold and copper)
  • Pre-waxed Candle Wicks
  • Soy Wax Flakes (Microwavable is easier)
  • Glue Dots
  • Glass Jug
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Wooden Skewers or Pencils
  • Essential Oil (optional)

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Begin by spray painting your votives gold. Spray painting is best done outside or in areas with plenty of ventilation. I used a cardboard box with one side removed to minimise any mess. Light strokes are best and be sure to leave your project to dry between coats.

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Once the gold coats were dry, I sprayed light coats of copper paint in horizontal strokes across the top of the votives. This gives a subtle mixed metallic look. It’s amazing how metallic spray paints can make a dollar store find look expensive!

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Next, use your glue dots to fix a pre-waxed candle wick to the inside of each votive.

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Melt 1 3/4 cups of soy wax flakes in your glass jug. I did this in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between. If you don’t have a microwave, you can place the jug into a saucepan of water – this usually works best on an induction stove.

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An optional step is to add fragrance to your wax. I used a vanilla essential oil as I like scented candles, but it is up to you which fragrance you choose.

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In order for the wicks to remain in place when the wax is poured and setting, I gently wrapped each one around a wooden skewer which I then rested across the top of the votive.

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Once you have poured your wax into the votives, leave to dry completely.

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Trim the wicks to around 0.5cm before burning to avoid large flames or flickering.

I love how they look as a trio!

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