lately i am obsessed with all things ceramic and enamelware, but i really don’t have any money to spend on this love of mine. so while i wanted to incorporate that look onto my pretty new-ish coffee table, duh i decided to DIY it.
- some plain candles (mine were $2 at ikea)
- white spray paint
- white acrylic paint
- black acrylic paint
- a tiny brush
01. spray paint your candles upside down and let dry outside for at least 5 hours.
02. once your candles are dry and you peel them off the work surface, you’ll notice the top rim probably needs a little finesse. i lightly sanded my down and carefully painted with the white acrylic paint.
03. if you have a reference to use (like my enamelware camping mug), all the better. if you don’t, use mine or an image on google. the trick is to go VERY slowly and not to over think it. my first candle was pretty bad because i was completely over thinking it. so here’s my trick : relax and do a little at a time. so do tiny dots and spread them all over, don’t do one area at a time. then add medium sized dots. then add blotches to make it a little more natural rather than large dots, which end up looking kind of intentional. if it helps, do a little on one side, then turn it and do a little on the other side of the candle, then go back and forth. as long as you go at a slow relaxed pace, it won’t look too deliberate.
+ if you’re wondering if flammable spray paint and candles shouldn’t mix, it seems to be ok because the spray paint is only on the outside of the glass which doesn’t touch the flame whatsoever. but if my candles spontaneously combust, i’ll be sure to let you know.
you might be asking yourself why i didn’t use white wax candles, and that’s because i usually hate the scent of inexpensive white candles. like no thanks, i don’t want a baby powder or vanilla buttercream scent in my house. but maybe i’m just picky.
but i’m really loving the way these candles bring a little pattern to my coffee table – let me know if you try it!
23 comments on “diy faux speckled candles”
Beautiful photos! And thanks for the great tip. I will make sure to try this over the weekend :)
This is super adorable and I love it!
you are a DIY queen! these are awesome.
such a gorgeous craft! love it!
wonderful! I will be sure to try these!
Wow, what a cool DIY! And easy, too. This might actually make me go to IKEA, finally. Love your blog!
These really turned out great! And I love the way that the glow of the candle still comes through with the white spray paint. I’ve been into white and gold a lot lately and now you’ve got me thinking that gold specks could look pretty cool!
Through the Thicket
So pretty! Love these!
these are so crazy elegant! awesome job!
I need to try these. So pretty and so stylish.
Love these little candles and I love the color choice! I am definitely going to make some of these for my office, which I am slowly transforming using Peacock colors. Like you, I am frugal!. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful DIY projects!
I love this! I will have to try it out.