DIY Primitive Welcome Candles
It’s fall, and I don’t know about you but I’ve got the decorating bug. I want to tuck berries and leaves in every cupboard and basket I can find. Chunky knit throw blankets come out for chilly nights, and Yankee Candles are just plain a “staple” during this season.
I also love putting Welcome Lights into the windows. They look so cozy. So today we decided to take our plain welcome lights and give them a more primitive New England look. I thought I’d share how I did it. Here’s the finished product. You can buy them like this but they are pretty pricey if you want to do every window. So we make do and do it ourselves.
Last Christmas I bought battery operated window candlesticks at a Benny’s, a local hardware store. I got the type that you set once and they turn on automatically at that same time every day, and then shut off six hours later. They are LED and they flicker slightly. I knew that the basic shape was right and that I could make them look older pretty easily. Here’s the before:
To give them a primitive look, Hope and I spray painted the base black. I used flat Rustoleum spray paint from Walmart.
While they were drying, we heated beeswax chips in the microwave at 50% power for about 3 minutes, checking and stirring every minute to see how melted it is. I used beeswax because I had it, but you could use any yellowish colored wax or old candles that you might have. Melt them down and add a 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to give the wax a “grubby” look.
Then, carefully dip your candles in the wax. Don’t burn your hands with the hot wax, because hot wax burns. Ahem. Ask me how I know. Make sure you are doing this over newspapers or parchment paper to protect your countertops. You want it to look bumpy and waxy. Spoon the wax over the candle filling in any holes or gaps, to make sure the whole thing is covered. I drizzle wax on the sides to make it look drippy.
Then I rub extra spices on the wax to make it look older.
Then, with an xacto knife, cut through the wax so you can get the battery cover on and off when you need to.
You can make them look as primitive as you want by adding more wax or more spices, and deciding how nubbly you want them to look. Below, the right hand candle is the most primitive.
You can take these right out of the bases and tuck them into baskets, or use them as night lights. Super cute.
What do you think? Have you tried making these? Let me know if you do! Enjoy!