Candles are one of those small luxuries that I can’t ever bring myself to buy myself, but I love getting them as gifts. These chalkboard ideas can easily be used as Valentine’s. Chalkboard paint + presents? You know the puns are coming. If you try any of these projects, tag them with #ctrlcreated so I can see!
Tips for finding the ideal candle:
When looking for a candle, go for soy or beeswax. These burn more cleanly and don’t give off harmful fumes. You can always score a couple at Target on sale.
Any candle container will work, but be aware you cannot paint the interior walls, so find a candle with a base color you like.
chalkboard spray paint
1| Prep time! As with any spray paint project, getting the surface ready is the most important. Start by removing or taping off anything you don’t want painted. Use a paper tape (masking or washi) to easily peel off later.
2| After everything is protected, sand down the surfaces. If your candle is smooth glass, use 100-150 grit to rough it up and give the spray something to hold onto. If you happen to have a textured candle, you can skip the sanding and jump straight to cleaning.
3| Using a lens cloth or wipe (they won’t leave behind any fluff), clean off the candle and frame. Any dust will make the paint bubble later.
4| Finally ready to paint! Apply 2-3 light coats, allowing for the recommended recoat times. This spray finished smooth & perfectly matte. Finish off by bundling with some chalk, a sweet message, and your easy DIY Valentine is good to go!
Other ideas? Try a picture frame with a favorite poem or flower vase that can be customized all year round.