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Sep 24, 2012



Today I turned these plain votives from Biglots:

into these cute grubby votives with homespun and buttons:

(sorry the pics aren't so great, I was in a hurry and had hot wax on everything! lol)

How I did so, coming soon. Right now I need to go clean up my mess lol.
Okay, so back now and everything is cleaned up.

If you want to make these, this is what I did.
(Please be extremely careful, this melted wax can scald your skin!)
  1. First off, go buy you a box of cheap, plain votives at Big Lots. Case of 24 for around $6.00 there.
  2. Melt you some old candles or wax, any colors, in a candle warmer and have it ready for use.
  3. Mix a bottle of cinnamon and bottle of nutmeg in a tin foil pan. The cinnamon and nutmeg usually turn out brownish in the end. So you need not worry about the color wax you've melted to use.
  4. Be sure to do all this with wax paper underneath!
  5. Now you're ready for the messy part.... CAREFULLY dip some of the hot wax out in a dipper or whatever you can find to fit, and pour it into the mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  6. Wait about 45 seconds or so for it to thicken a bit, not much, just a bit, and then start rolling your plain votive around in it. Cakeing the wax onto the lil votive. Sometimes I use my hands, sometimes I use the old spoons you see in the pic. 
  7. Just don't get burned!
  8. You can repeat this process until your little grubby candle is just how you like it, more or less. In the pic above, you can see, some has alot, and one has very little and is still grubbish~.
  9. I then set it over on a new piece of wax paper to dry.
  10. Then tied on a piece of homespun and hot glued a cute button on it. And then they are ready to go.

The pic below is what's usually leftover after I make a batch. And be sure to keep these! You can melt them chunks down the next time you go to make some. And the cinnamon and nutmeg left, can also be used next time.

I also use the same process on the tiny tea lights that comes in bags at the Dollar Mart for $1.00.

Here they are:

Here is a few more pics of the votives:

And to finish them up, I put them in a bakery cupcake bag, tied with homespun and finished it off with a grubby hang tag.
HERE is the link to my Grubby Tag Recipe

For a little bit of detail, notice I first stapled on the tag to the bag, then I used a mini clothespin
to make it look like it was also pinned!

See ya'll next time!


  1. Hi Lisa, love how you made the chunky candles look so grubby, they look so prim now, great idea.I do want to know how???? smile. Blessings Francine.

    1. Hi Francine! Thanks for stopping by. I finally got my "how to" posted and my mess cleaned lol. Hope you try these out and if you do, please send me a link to your pics of them. Happy Crafting!

  2. These are really much wax do you pour into the mixture? I might have to try this!

    1. Hi Cindi! I pour just enough that I can work with before it starts sitting up too thick. And I keep repeating that. Kinda like a little by little thing. Sometimes I can pour a lot (bout a cups' worth) at once and if I work fast, I can get the entire votive done.
      You should definitely give it a try. Makes them plain candles sooo much cuter! Lemme know if you try it :-)

  3. New follower through Harvest hop.

    Love the candles, how clever are you!

    1. Thank you Michelle! And welcome!!
      I followed you also Michelle, but I can't find a place to comment you there. Your blog is so cute! I love the old childhood books. It made me think back of the days when I held so many just like those... Loved them.


I love comments! Let me know you stopped by, please. Happy Crafting! ~Lisa