5 Curious Candle Containers



Originally, candles were commonly used for illumination and, although we now have electricity, we still keep candles in the house but mainly as decorative features and for mood lighting. Now, with a dash of creativity and imagination, you can make your own candles and their unique but cute candle holders:

1. Mason Jar Candles
Floating candles have a lovely rustic look and they would look great on a table. Simply fill 1/3 of the jar with crystals or marble, add some water on the next 2/3 and drop a floating candle to set the mood. You can also tie around burlap ribbons on the lip of the jar for an extra shabby feel.


2. Concrete Candle Holders
Try making some concrete candle holders. It’s much easier than you may think. Make this using cement powder, paper cups, coins, petroleum jelly, sticker tape and disposable containers. Take your larger disposable container and cut the sticker tape to fit around the circumference of the container. You can use petroleum jelly or cooking spray to lubricate the inside of the container. Peel the sticker off, and wrap it around the inside of your container (closer to the bottom of your container).


Mix cement and water well with your wooden stick until it’s a smooth paste. The quantity you’ll need depends on the size of the container you want to make your votive out of. Pour / scoop cement into your larger container, until it covers your sticker. Then take your smaller container, and put a couple of coins inside. Push the smaller container into the cement, until the top of it is flush with the top of the cement. Try to keep it centered. Put more coins into the smaller container to weigh it down, until it can stay in place without you holding it. Walk away and leave it to dry for 24 hours.


3. Concrete Candle Tray
This candle holder can hold 4 candles. It’s basically a block of cement with holes in it large enough to fit candles inside. To make it you need a baking pan, concrete mix and candles. Pour the concrete into the mold and then add the candles, wait for the concrete to solidify, burn out the candles and remove the wax. And now, you have your own concrete candle tray!


4. Wood Votives
This candle holder also has a compact design. It’s a big slice of wood with three large holes in it. In each hole there’s room for a candle votive. Because the candles stay inside the votives, there’s no danger of setting fire to the whole house.


5. Candle Holders from Pipes
A nice accent piece can be a candle holder made of copper pipes. Try combining the pieces in such a way to create a sturdy design with a good base and an interesting shape. Experiment with the shape and once you’re happy with the outcome, insert candle sticks to the pipes and light them up!


Transforming Wine Bottles Into Candles



For wine lovers, or for those who may have had one too many drinks, you probably have a few empty bottles of wine or alcohol around the house. Instead of throwing them away, you can breathe new life into these bottles by getting crafty with them.
Transforming these wine bottles into candles may be one project you might want to try.
Not only are you making treasures out of what you were about to throw away, you’re also going to end up with really decorative pieces you can use around the house or as a clever gift for a loved one. So, if you’re keen enough to try this project out, here’s how you can easily make wine bottle candles:


You will need:

  • 4-5 wine bottles, cleaned and with labels removed
  • String
  • Clear Nail polish
  • Lighter
  • Digital thermometer
  • Two large pots (or double boiler)
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  • Sandpaper
  • Soy wax enough for 4-5 candles
  • Wooden wicks or traditional wicks
  • Adhesive—glue gun, blue-tak or similar
  • Candle Fragrance and candle dye (optional)


  1. Start by coating the string with clear nail polish. Let it dry for a bit.
  2. Tie the string around each of the glass bottles and cut the extra string out
  3. Carefully set the string on fire until the glass is melted through and cut all the way around the string area. Extinguish the flame directly. It is suggested that you do this activity outdoors and far away from highly flammable objects
  4. Once the glass has cooled down, carefully smooth out the cut edges with a sand paper
  5. Use low heat to melt your soy wax in a double boiler
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  7. Once it melts, take the pot off the heat and allow the wax to cool down between (125 to 135 degrees F)
  8. Add in your essential oils or dyes at this stage and stir until you achieved the right fragrance or color hue.
  9. While the soy wax is cooling, prepare your wicks. Wicks usually come with metal tabs to sink through to the bottom of the wax. Center these wicks on the glass bottom and tie the other end of the wicks around wooden skewers for support. You can use hot glue gun of blu-tack to secure the wicks to the bottom as well.
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  11. Gently pour your melted wax on each glass containers and leave only about ¼ to ½ inch space at the top.
  12. Leave the wax to harden overnight.
  13. Trim the excess wick and decorate the glass containers with ribbons or leaves. Place a few glasses on a tray or a box to make a set and now you have the perfect shabby wine bottle candles to decorate or give away!


How To Make Tea Cup Candles



Looking to add some stylish flair to your plain and boring room? Make this cute DIY project that is guaranteed to give a whimsical vibe without over stretching your budget. Here’s how to make cute tea cup candles:


What you will need:

  • A few porcelain tea cups (thrift shops are packed with loads of them!)
  • Wax ( soy wax is highly recommended as it burns without smoke but paraffin or beeswax work well too. You can also melt old candles to re use the wax)
  • Wax wicks
  • Wooden skewers
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  • Candle-making dyes and scents or essential oils (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Double-boiler ( or a can/smaller pot inside a large pot with water in it)
  • Thermometer
  • Oven mitts


  1. Tape two wooden skewers together at each end for your wick support.
  2. Lay the skewers across the teacup so the wick is centered inside the cup, with the string drawn up straight, perpendicular to the bottom
  3. Melt wax on the smaller pot of your double-boiler on medium high heat. It is suggested to chop of grate ahead the wax to speed up the melting process. If you use paraffin wax, add in some grated or chopped crayon pieces to add color to the candle instead of using a candle dye.
  4. Once the wax has melted, remove the double-boiler from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Add your candle dye (if you haven’t yet).
  5. If you’re adding an essential oil, wait until the temperature reaches 180 degrees. If you add the oil while the wax is too hot, it may just be dispersed instead of absorbed into the wax.
  6. Once it has cooled a little, carefully pour it into the prepared tea cups, leaving only ½ of an inch space from the lip of the cup
  7. Allow this to cool completely for about 4-6 hours then trim your wick to about 1 inch in length


…and voila! You now have beautiful, handmade tea cup candles to decorate your space or give away as gifts!