Teacher Appreciation Candle
This DIY took me for a bit of a spin!! For this teacher appreciation gift I really really wanted to make a real looking apple candle. I went to the craft store thinking I could use a plastic apple and cut out a hole on top to fill with candle wax but, I have come to learn those faux apples aren’t plastic they’re actually foam. So that was a bummer😩… Since that was a fail I tried finding a plastic apple form. I’d have to order one online and since this needed to be done asap I knew I couldn’t make it work. Plus I come to think of it.., How many of you would actually order an apple form just to make a candle for your teacher. I feel like it would be a long stretch.
So after much deliberation I came across these super cute little mason jars at the craft store which worked perfect! 😁👏👏 (scroll down for youtube video)
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What you’ll need
- Green paper
- Glass paint
- Small mason jar
- Red glitter
- Mod podge
- Glue gun
- Tiny Tree branch for the stem
So the first step is to give your mason jar a good coat of glass paint. We did a total of three coats. You can cure it in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes or let it cure on it’s own. It’s takes about 21 days for it to cure on it’s own. Keep it out of water if that’s what you choose to do.
So, honestly I was debating between the small jars and these super cute red dollar store jars. Can you believe they’re only a dollar😍!! If you don’t want to mess with paint you can totally go this route. I picked the smaller jar only because it looked more like an apple.
Once your paint is cured apply a thin coat of mod podge and sprinkle your jar with some red glitter.
Oleg was so 👏😃 excited about this step! I think any kid loves crafting with glitter 😬😁!
Then use your scissors to cut out some leaf shapes out of your green paper. We used some scrap book paper.
Following that use some hot glue to attach your stem and leaves to the top of your lid.
Okay so we got one of these apple cinnamon candles from the dollar tree to match the apple theme. I don’t know exactly what size our little jar was but, this candle was the perfect fit.
Honestly we could of just gotten away with sticking the candle right in the jar. But, I didn’t think of that until after I melted the candle to pour it into the jar.
I used the wick from the candle but, since it was so short I ended up gluing it to a stick instead of wrapping it around the stick. Once the candle cooled off we removed the stick.
Okay so I have a question for all of you candle makers out there… Why didn’t my candle dry to a flat finish😣?! The photo below shows the candle lit and it looks like it’s been burning for hours. NOPE. It was literally lit for the duration of the photo shoot. Where did I go wrong💁? Am I supposed to remove the stick from the wick as soon as the wax hardens over a bit.
Even though our candle making was a fail I think it turned out super cute! 😍😍😍
Here’s the quick video
Behind the scenes
OMG okay so I was the cameraman and of course like all cameramen your eyes are usually on the LCD screen of the camera. Little oleg was suppose to glue the stem to the lid and I was expecting him to gently apply a small dab of glue and attach the stem. BAHAHA😂😂 you should of seen my eyes blow up when I saw him pour a puddle of glue onto the lid to attach the stem!! Took me off guard but, he got the job done😅. If you’re wondering why there’s so much glue…, That’s why😐😆!!
I just love the sparkles. Can’t take my eyes off em😍😃!!
Hoping this inspired you to get in the “Teachers Appreciation” groove and make some crafts!!
Happy Teacher Day to all you wonderful teachers! I don’t know what we would do without you!
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Very cute and great gift idea! Have never made my own candles but you make it look easy. Visiting from Funtastic Friday party.
Awe thank you Victoria. Really lol. I feel like the candle part was a fail. I don’t have much experience with candle making. I do love the glitter part of the candle. It’s definitely the highlight for me! I’m a sucker or glitter 😀 !
I don’t think the candle was a fail. I loved the idea. Don’t doubt yourself. We are our own worst critics. I am going to do this project for my next craft show!!!!
Thank you so much Alice. That’s so true we are definitely our worst critics! Wow a craft show that sounds exciting! Happy Crafting! Thank you for your kind words 🙂
Love this apple candle, so adorable! =D
Thank you Love 😀 😀 It’s my favorite of all three gifts 😀