Dollar Store Candles
Dollar store candles – like these meant for windows – are EVERYwhere right now. And you know how much I love a thrifty craft! I picked up a couple at a buck each and used some of my stash to experiment. And guess what? I liked the results so much I am sharing them. This is why I totally encourage you all to experiment with your stuff – you never know what you will create!
I wasn't a huge fan of the cheap looking gold on these babies, so I got out my trusty black chalk paint and swabbed on a couple of coats. I LOVE the modern-yet-rustic look on these dollar store candles! I was ALREADY seeing an upgrade!
But then that fake white dripped wax at the top was bugging me. I kept picturing something rustic thanks to the matte finish of the chalk paint so I took some twine and started fiddling. I wrapped it around the bottom of the “candle” and I could see I was on to something. But first……
PRO TIP: If you are like me, you could prrrrobably get away with a lot because you've melted off some if not most of your fingerprints with hot glue burns. Not much worse, right? When I was wrapping the twine around the candle as a test all I could think of was “This is gonna hurt!”. I started pondering what I could use that could press the skinny twine down nice and hard and not become part of the project by getting glued to it. After flipping through my brain, I pictured a metal “stick” and realized that a paint can opener makes a PERFECT “metal finger”! It's even curved a little so you can really wedge it in there when you need to. I am happy to report that I did not get ONE SINGLE burn! Go me!
Back to the twine – I wrapped it around the candle, gluing as I went, holding nicely with my new metal finger and tucked it in at the top.
These were already looking so pretty but I love me a bow – heck, I invented the 10 Second Bow Maker because of it! – and so I added a couple of seasonally festive red stitched bows. These can be changed out as the seasons change and I know that I like these enough that they are going to be a permanent part of my decor.
Battery Operated Dollar Store Candles
Paint and brush (optional)
So the next time you are out and about, grab a couple of dollar store candles, raid YOUR stash and see what you make. Share with us so we can cheer you on!