Holy holidays Christmas is coming fast! If you're looking for any last minute handmade gift ideas these handmade soy wax candles are the perfect gift for anyone on your list. For this DIY not only did we pour our own candles, we also saved a few dollars (which adds up quickly if you're making one for everyone in the family) by using recycled bottles (in this case a San Pellegrino bottle) for the vessel. Thanks to the awesome Bottle Bit we were able to get super smooth (read drink out of smooth!) edges to our recycled glass candle holders! We used wonderful peppermint essential oil to add a lovely scent to our candles. Here is how we created this piece...
DIY: recycled bottle holiday candle
First we cut the bottle using this technique (see full tutorial here) but instead of sanding the edges by hand we used the bottle bit (see instructions on use here- there are also awesome videos demoing use). This worked really well! The bit comes with adjustable sizing (to fit any bottle) and also has an optional attachment for a table top drill mount (sold separately). We didn't use the drill mount but had we been making a bunch of these at once I would have definitely mounted the drill. See those jagged edges above and how smooth we got them?
Next we poured our candles using these instructions that we wrote up for The Nest except that we substituted peppermint essential oil for the citronella. Let dry overnight, add a little baker's twine and sprig of greenery and you have the perfect gift ready to go!
I can't wait to think up the next project to use with this awesome tool that really elevates glass crafting! I feel like I can finally make things out of glass bottles without having jagged edges and the Pinterest fail look. Hurray! And I'm thinking this might even come in handy for any future tree branch or cylindrical wood working projects too!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.