12.08.2011

My "Ah-ha" Moment!

Let me start by saying that I am sure that I am not the first person to come up with this idea, but I did do a Google search and nothing came up, so for this post, I am claiming it as such!  Having said that, it is such a no brainer that it's entirely possible everyone (but me) has been doing it for years and it has taken this long for my light bulb to go on!

So who doesn't love candles, especially at Christmas time, right?  I do, but I am also super paranoid to light a bunch of them for fear of the kids getting burnt or starting a fire.  Now, I am not talking about one little candle...I mean a bunch of them, as in an arrangement or a display on a mantel.  And also, an open flame, not one contained in a jar.

Candles can also be expensive and you burn them once and they are basically garbage...at least the pretty ones are.  Last year, I had an arrangement of about 5 candles on my coffee table...burned them the night of my cookie decorating party and not only were the candles a mess...I had wax EVERYWHERE!

Anyhoo, this is my solution.

You will need:

A pretty new candle
Drill
Wood Boring Drill bit (I bought a 1 1/2 inch which is the perfect size...$6)
LED Tealight Candle


Now, put that middle pointy part of the drill bit, right in the center of the candle (over the wick) and SLOWLY start to drill.  If you go too fast you will most likely go off center.  Let the drill do all the work!


A REALLY smart person would have done this on newspaper for easy cleanup...but I was only smart enough to come up with the idea itself...and yes, it is a little messy!


A REALLY smart person would probably even come up with something fun to do with the candle shavings...I got nothin'!


How perfect is that?!  Now, if you want the flame to appear farther in the candle, just drill deeper...I chose to let my "flame" show.

VOILA!


This whole process, literally took me minutes...in fact it took me longer to clean up the mess I had made than to drill the candle!

Is it as pretty as a real candle burning, not quite!  Is it completely worry free...ABSOLUTELY!  If I had my choice, I would definitely go with the real deal, but as you cans see in the first picture, I would not be able to burn real candles below that wreath, even if I wanted to.

Not only that...your candle will look brand new next year at this time!  Well, it will if you don't pack it up with the other decorations and put it in a garage that gets to about 120 degrees during the summer...just sayin'!  (Click on the picture for a better look!)





You can thank me later!

Speaking of thanking me...has anyone tried the Chic-fil-A Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake yet?  You are killing me people...somebody HAS to try this and then report back to me!

P.S.  Did you happen to notice my other "makeover" in the picture?


There's a skinny girl who lives inside of me that's screaming to get out...I can usually shut her up with cookies!
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4 comments:

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das ist eine wirklich wundervolle Idee!!!
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sanny

gail said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

well, aren't you a smart "cookie" hahaha get it?

Love your candles! I've never seen it, so it's YOUR idea!
gail

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You're a friggin' GENIUS!!! Most of those plastic LED candles are so FUGLY, that this makes any of the beautiful real candles flame safe!! Such a smarty pants!! Gotta love your ADORABLE lanterns on your hearth, and I'm dancing my little pants off with Mariah!! LOL

FlyAwayHome said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OMG Terri!! You are BRILLIANT!!!

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