Upcycled Craft: DIY Candle From Antiques

The Craft Challenge

This post is part of The Craft Challenge. If you’re interested in learning more about the challenge, you can read about it here.

DIY upcycled candle holders

This month’s theme for The Craft Challenge is Upcycling: to create something new from something old. This is typically throw-away material, but it doesn’t always have to be.

I was in a resale shop and found these old, beautiful brass candlestick holders and small ceramic bowls. They seemed to go very well together, so I decided to make a candle holder out of them.

DIY upcycled candle materials

Things You Will Need:
A pot
Water
Knives
Tin can
Super glue
Candle wax
Fragrance oil
Candle wicks
Ceramic bowels
Candlestick holders

You can get the majority of these materials from any hobby shop. Rummaging a resale or consignment shop will be great for finding older materials to upcycle if you don’t already have something laying around. Teacups make nice candle holders has well!

The rest of the materials can be purchased online at stores like Amazon or Michaels.

melting soy wax

Step 1
Fill up your tin can with candle wax. (I chose soy wax).

Place it in a pot filled less than half way with water and turn your burner on high.

**Note: You can use other containers to hold the wax, but tin conducts heat well and cools quickly when removed so it’s a great choice for candle making.

candle wick set up

Step 2
While your wax is melting, you can set up your candle’s wicks. Place the wicks in the center of your bowls and hold them upright with a knife like in the image above.

melted candle wax

Step 3
When your wax is completely melted, you can pull the tin out of the pot. Be careful, because it will be very hot. I always use oven mits or tongs.

candle fragrance oil

Step 4
Now you can pour in your fragrance oil. There will be instructions on your bottle telling you how much you’ll need.

Stir well.

drying candle wax

Step 5
Pour the wax into your bowls and use a second knife to hold the wicks in place.

Let the wax dry and the bowl cool.

candlestick glued to candle holder

Step 6
Super glue your candlestick holder to the bottom of your bowl.

Let it dry.

brass candle stick holder

DIY upcycled candle holders

When you’re finished, you will have yourself some newly upcycled candles. I love mine 🙂

One person’s trash is another’s treasure, right?

The Craft Challenge Participants and Their Upcycled Crafts

Click on each of the pictures to check out each of their crafts. All of the upcycled crafts are to be posted at some point today.

Craft Challenge 2015 Introduction Eclectic Enchantments A Pop of Red Found This Painted That Tinkerbell Knits Make Something Mondays Image Map

DIY Almond Cookie Reed Diffuser

DIY almond cookie reed diffuser

I love Yankee Candle reed diffusers but I could do without the price tag. $22 for a bottle, oils and reeds? I don’t think so.

I can buy all of those materials for about $10 elsewhere. Not to mention my refill and and reeds will cost less as well.

The best thing about DIY reed diffusers is that you can make your own scent. I did find one I really liked (Almond Cookie) but I had originally planned to mix and match oils to make a more unique scent. Next time.

DIY reed diffuser materials

Things You Will Need:
Reeds
Glass bottle
1oz. Fragrance oil
4-5 oz. unscented diffuser base (you can use vodka in place of this)

I found all of my materials at Pat Catan’s for about $8. The most expensive item was the glass bottle for $3. I could’ve bought a cheaper bottle for $1 but I liked the design and colors. I’m such a sucker for a good presentation.

You can get the materials at any hobby shop or on Amazon.

As far as the bottle goes, just make sure it is wider at the base that it is at the top. It helps the scent permeate the room.

reed diffuser oils

Step 1
Pour 4-5oz. of the reed diffuser base (depending on how strong you want the scented oil to be) into your bottle.

Then, pour in 1oz. of the fragrance oil.

Use one of the reeds to mix them together.

Now you can add all of your reeds to the oil. Swirl it around and flip them so that the dipped end of the reeds are upward.

DIY almond cookie reed diffuser

Now you have a wonderfully-scented reed diffuser!

If you want to make your own scent, here are some ideas:

  • Orange and peppermint
  • Orange, grapefruit and bergamot
  •  Wintergreen and citrus (smells like root beer)
  • Lemon, lavender and peppermint (great for allergy season)
  • Clove, cinnamon and ginger (smells like apple pie)
  • Orange, ginger and cinnamon (smells like cider)
  • Cinnamon and vanilla

If you have any other good oil combinations, I’d love to hear them!

DIY Simple Macrame Plant Hanger

DIY macrame plant hanger

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there.

I went to visit my parents for Mother’s Day. While I was there, I noticed that my mom had bought all of the materials to make a macrame plant hanger, but hadn’t made one yet. So, I offered to help.

We sat in her living room for less than an hour and put the macrame plant hanger together.

materials macrame plant hanger

Things You Will Need
Craft rope
Large ring
Large wooden bead (optional)

rope for plant hanger

Step 1
Cut four long pieces of rope based on the size of plant hanger you want to make.

We needed a smaller hanger, so I stretched the rope the length of my arm span and cut them evenly.

knot beginning

Step 2
Evenly fold them through the ring and tie a knot at the top.

knots set 1

Step 3
Tie one double-knot a few inches down on each rope. The number of inches will depend on the size you want to macrame hanger to be.

Then, about an inch and a half from the first knot, make a second double knot.

knots set 2

Step 3
Repeat step 2, but this time, instead of making the knot on the same 2 strands, we’re going to create some webbing (like in the image above) by knotting the second and third strand, fourth and fifth strand, sixth and seventh strand, and the first and eighth strand.

The last two knots are going to create a circle.

knot bottom macrame hanger

Step 4
Tie another knot in the bottom of the hanger.

DIY macrame plant hanger macrame plant hanger

When you’re finished, you’ll have something that looks like the above.

It’s a great gift for Mother’s Day, too!

Mom had a terrarium sitting on her window sill that we decided to put in the hanger. It fit pretty well 🙂

Happy crafting!

DIY Hanging Swirl Wire Earrings

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

I know this post is coming much later in the day than usual but it’s better late than never, right?

Anyway…

I haven’t made any wire jewelry in a while and was thinking about this pair of earrings I saw the other day that i really liked. They were similar to these, except they had these hideous beads in the bottom swirl. I liked them, but sans beads. So I decided to make my own, more appealing version.

Now that they’re finished, I kind of wish I would’ve tried to use some textures on the wire, like maybe hammering, to give it a little something extra. I’ll definitely be trying it with my next batch.

hanging swirl earrings materials

Things You Will Need:
Wire
Pliers
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Thing-A-Ma-Jig

*You can get all of the materials to make these hanging swirl wire earrings at any craft store. If you are unsure of what to look for, leave me a comment and I’ll help you out.

wire length

Step 1
Cut a piece of wire about the length of your pliers.

earring loop top

Step 2
Put a small loop at the top of your wire.

earring swirl 2

Step 3
Using the second to largest peg in your Thing-A-Ma-Jig kit, start the first swirl in your soon-to-be earrings by wrapping it around the peg.

earring swirl 3

Step 4
With the front half of the earring face down, wrap the remaining wire around the largest peg in your kit.

earring swirls

Step 5
Pull out the second to largest sized peg again and use it to make that last swirl in the wire a little bit smaller.

last earring swirl

Step 6
Use your rounded pliers to put one extra swirl in your wire.

Repeat steps 1-6 to make a second earring.

earring hooks and jump rings

Add on your jump rings (optional) and earring hooks for a beautiful finish.

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

These might be my new favorite earrings!

How cute would these look with this texture though? They probably would’ve been a lot easier to wrap too. 😉

Let me know what you think! Do you like them?

Happy crafting!