Monday, June 17, 2013

A safe haven

It would appear that my house remains a safe haven for dust bunnies. I retreated from all forms of house cleaning and spent the weekend doing things I classify as fun

One of those things was making some drilled grubby candles.  These are rather small candles and I would have preferred a larger one but these were the cheap ones.

I started by using a 1 1/2" spade drill bit to drill down in to the top of the candles. You want to go do far enough that you can fit  a tea light in there.

Gather some spices. I used a mixture of instant coffee, cinnamon and cloves.


You'll also need some mod podge or you could also use white glue watered down a bit. I mixed mod podge, a little water and some instant coffee and brushed it on the candle then rolled the candle in the spice mixture,

I let it sit for a while to dry then did the top. After that dried I went back and redid a couple spots that were a bit bare and let it dry some more.


Final step was to spray with a clear acrylic, let dry, tie on a little piece of homespun fabric and pop in a tea light candle. You could also use a battery operated tea light for a safer candle.

22 comments:

Ginny said...

I have never heard of these candles before. Gosh, I bet your mixture would smell divine!!! And this bow is the perfect finish!

Duni said...

They look fantastic! I love the gingham ribbon!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Oh cool! I didn't know this could be done at home. A bit messy? Or no? Yours turned out great!!

Sandra said...

i would love the smell, that is the only scent i am not allergic to.. that and apple cinnamon... forget the dust bunnies, they only come back when cleaned up.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Very creative!

Grace said...

Since the outer candle doesn't burn and it is coated in acrylic, how is the scent released? I know, I know, I am always asking technical questions...but the creative process interests me...

Sandee said...

I really like these Ann. Way cute.

Have a terrific day. My best to Duke. :)

marie said...

I love these Ann. I bet these sell really well.

PS. Dust bunnies are my friends. :)

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

It would seem that it is just a matter of time before you have your own segment on QVC.

Donna said...

These turned out So Pretty!
hughugs

BeadedTail said...

You lost me with the coffee since that's a smell I can't stand but I do like the idea of these scented candles. Does the acrylic not burn? How's the smell get out and how long does the smell last? The fabric looks cute on them too!

Chatty Crone said...

I think those are fabulous Ann - just awesome. You made it look easy, ut I don't know! sandie

Helen said...

coffee and cinnamon smell, mmmm..... what a great idea!

Marg said...

Wow that is really nice. Those candles are terrific. Good job getting that done. Not to worry about the dust bunnies, they reside here too.

A Quiet Corner said...

Ann, you are so crafty!!!! I don't have the patience for that kind of perfection...:)JP

Catherine said...

Dust bunnies feel very safe and secure at my house lately too. LOL!
xo Catherine

Reeni Pisano said...

Love the looks of this Ann! Reminds me of Christmas for some strange reason. Haha laughing at the burning bush down below! I would of went for my marshmallows.

SweetMarie said...

These are so cute! I would love the smell of coffee. :)

Dee said...

I have seen similar candles but never knew how they were done. As for dust bunnies I just give them a name and let them be for awhile.

Tanya Walton said...

They look great Ann. Glad you had fun over the weekend!!

Donna said...

Oh, I bet you made a mess! LOL...

Sharkbytes said...

I really like this idea.

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