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DIY: WINE BOTTLE CANDLES By Jessica Micklus
eeling crafty? Next time you settle down with a bottle of wine from one the central coast’s abundant wineries, save the bottle for a nifty DIY project! Handmade gifts are always an appreciated gesture, especially during the holiday season. Let’s get started!
Part 1: Wine Bottle Candles (bottom of the bottle) Supplies Needed: • Empty wine bottles (rinsed and dried). Any bottle in the same shape will work; the green colored Pellegrino water bottles are fun for holiday candles! • Bottle cutter – the one used in this project was purchased online, AGPtEK brand. It was highly rated and affordable, when comparing many options. • Sandpaper sheets (approximately 12” x 12”) • Large pot for boiling water • Access to cold running water or a large bowl of ice water • Measuring cup with pour-spout
• Metal thermometer (candy thermometer or a meat thermometer) Soy wax flakes, wax pitcher, wax adhesive, and candle wicks should all be available at a local craft store – Michael’s in San Luis Obispo generally keeps all these items in stock. The bottle cutter may be more difficult to find at a local craft store; the one used in this project was purchased on Amazon.
Instructions Cutting Bottles: 1. Adjust AGtEK bottle cutter so that the bottom fits snugly in the base, and rotating blade is positioned where the cut will be 2. Prepare a large pot of water – bring to a light boil, then reduce to a very slight simmer 3. Have a bowl of ice water on sink and measuring cup with pour spot ready and accessible 4. Slowly rotate the bottle to etch the glass all the way around the bottle – put light pressure and hold the bottle steady so that the start and end point of
• Soy wax flakes • Wax pitcher • Candle wicks – be sure they are tall enough for the candle height you are making. • Wax adhesive – to secure the bottom of the wick to the bottom. A glue stick can work in a pinch, but it doesn’t hold as well once the hot wax is poured in. Wax adhesive is your best bet! • Scented wax melts – if desired for scenting candles. Essential oils can be used, but they
don’t give much scent with the amount that can be used. If essential oils are preferred, look up the amount that can be used as it affects the ability for the wax to solidify into a candle.
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