Friday, 6 June 2014

DIY Makeup Brush Holder

Sorry I've been so silent recently! I've been quite busy recently and I recently had some computer troubles. But now I'm back with a DIY post! Old candles can be easily recycled into something useful and, if you're like me, you need something useful like this to put things that can accumulate. Even if you don't use it as a makeup brush holder, you can easily use the empty jars to keep other things in.

First place the candles in a freezer for several hours up to overnight. Mine were in for four hours, but if I were to do it again I would suggest leaving them in a bit longer so the wax isn't too sticky. Once you have removed them from the freezer, take a knife to loosen the wax around the edges. You can then use it to make cracks in the wax and pop out the large pieces. 

Once all the wax is out all you need to do is remove the wicks. This can be a bit difficult to maneuver but they'll come out in the end. To get them out I recommend filling the jars with hot water and swirling it around a bit. The hotter the better. This will help to loosen the glue and make it easier to remove.

You need to be careful though. When I was prying out some wicks my jar cracked. That was most definitely a DIY fail!

Once the wicks are out wash out the wax inside the candle. The labels should come off fairly easily. The one on the side will peel off with a little bit of elbow grease and the one on the bottom should be scraped off fairly easily with a knife once it's been wet. You can then wash the candle jar once more making sure that all the glue is gone and any wax you missed previously. 

Once it's been washed you can add any type of filler. I couldn't find any that I liked at the time, but you can find filler beads at the dollar store, coffee beans at a craft store, or you can use anything you like. You could also leave it empty and keep things in there and use the lid to close it as well. 

Quote of the day: So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible. - Norton Juster