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Repurposing Dough Bowl Candles

July 25, 2022

Sarah Randall

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This week’s project…

Last week when we were rearranging the office, I found 3 of these cool dough bowl candles. I would love to reuse them – probably not as candles. But I’ll find some other use!

I’ve never done this before. I have a heat gun…so I’m gonna try heating and scraping. Wish me luck! Here’s what I started with:

There are two settings on my heat gun. If I use the higher setting, it works really fast. There is a bit of resin/glue underneath the wick holder. That part takes a bit longer. Just hold the heat gun there until it starts bubbling and it should melt right off.

Although, that’s where I ran into an issue. I started burning the wood…I burned it in 3 spots and then I was like “well I better just burn the whole bottom of it to match.”🤦🏻‍♀️ Don’t do that. But I’m sure I can store something in here to cover it up!

Lemon essential oil works well to remove any residue. And it smells good too!

Also weird – In the bottom of one of the candles, I kept heating the bottom and I couldn’t melt a darker layer at the bottom. I ended up grabbing a hammer and chisel. Turns out it was cement! This was my first time seeing cement at the bottom of a candle. Maybe they were trying to make it more fire-safe with the wood base? Who knows.

They look so good though! I’m happy with the outcome!

This was a fun little project. See you next week!


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