DIY Vintage Goblet Votives from Sunset Magazine

June 22, 2009 | editorial team

DIY vintage goblet votives for a wedding from Sunset magazine

Loving this DIY project for gorgeous wedding tabletop decor from Suset Magazine (via Inspired Goodness, thanks Kimberly)! Collect vintage metal, glass or ceramic goblets from thrift stores and flea markets and follow these easy steps to make them into pretty candle votives. What incredible wedding centerpieces these would make alongside romantic floral arrangements! The how-to directions are listed below, or visit Sunset.com to read the full article. I might have to get crafty and make these for my own home!

DIY vintage goblet votives for a wedding from Sunset magazine

Directions from Sunset Magazine:

Step 1. After cleaning the goblets with metal polish and a clean cloth, we followed the directions on the package of Microwaveable Soy Wax for Containers (by Yaley; $6.99 for 1 lb.; from joann.com). We used two 1-lb. packets for six vessels. Other required materials included newspaper to safeguard our surface, a candy thermometer, and a microwave-safe measuring cup with a spout

Step 2. After heating the wax flakes in a microwave-safe container until melted (30 to 60 seconds, depending on the strength of the microwave), we tested the temperature with the thermometer and let the wax cool to 125°.  

Step 3. To help keep the Pre-Waxed Medium Bleached Wick with Wick Clip (by Yaley; $2.99 for six; from joann.com) in place ? it falls limp when the wax is poured ? we used wooden skewers and painters tape. Once secured, we poured wax into each vessel to about 1/8 in. below the rim.

Step 4. After about 30 minutes, we poked holes in the hardening wax near the wick to let air escape (the wax will sink a bit). We then melted the remaining wax and filled the vessels back up to the original fill line.  

Step 5. Finally, we let the wax cool for a couple of hours, then trimmed the wicks to ¼ in. 

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  1. My family had a whole set of the smaller goblets when I was a kid. I am going to ask my parents if they still have them. This is a lovely idea.

  2. I love this idea, and want to show all of my invitation clients!!!

  3. Thanks for the shout-out — love your retake on this awesome idea!

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