DIY Chalkboard Milk Bottle Candles

July 17, 2017

Make all of your farmhouse dreams come true when you light up one of these easy-to-make DIY Chalkboard Milk Bottle Candles!

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Our kitchen is decorated in a vintage, country style.  Aside from a coat of paint and a few of my decorative touches, I’m pretty sure the kitchen hasn’t changed much since my husband bought the house.  Remember – I moved in when he already had the house!  We have a chalkboard window hanging on the wall that I upcycled. We use it as a weekly meal planner.  I like to use mason jars as storage and love using milk bottles as vases and other decor.  I love that rustic, farmhouse look!

For a while, I wanted to paint anything that I could with chalkboard paint!  If I could have, I would have painted an entire wall in the house with chalkboard paint!  My love of vintage decor and my obsession with chalkboard everything inspired this candle project.  What’s better than combining a few of my favorite home decor style elements into one DIY project?

Now, I have to admit that even though I absolutely love farmhouse style, I’m so not a fan of “Fixer Upper.”  Chip and Joanna Gaines get on my nerves (and that was only after watching 1 1/2 episodes with my husband) and I could probably make a drinking game out of the amount of times they say “shiplap.”  In fact, I might as well continue to piss most of you off by saying that I don’t even really like the look of shiplap that much!

There.  I said it.  So for those of you who haven’t turned on me and hit the “x” at the top of the page, let’s press on and talk about something else that I love.  Flea markets and garage sales!  I’ll admit that I totally used to judge people who frequented garage sales and picked up other people’s so-called “junk. ” I was stupid and I apologize because a month or two ago, I actually lugged a jack-o-lantern painted metal tub home PICKED OUT OF SOMEONE’S CURBSIDE GARBAGE!  Go ahead.  Judge me.

Although the milk bottles used in this project were purchased in a set from Five Below, I did score a sweet deal on bottles at a garage sale last year.  I honestly bought them for the wooden tray they were sitting in.  But the whole dollar that I paid for them has definitely gone pretty far!



  1. Glue a soy wick to the bottom of a milk bottle.
  2. Melt microwaveable wax according to directions (you’ll need approximately 2 cups of soy wax per bottle).
  3. Stir in a desired amount of candle scent.  Then, carefully pour wax into each bottle.
  4. Place bottles into the fridge.  This will help speed up the time it’ll take for the wax to harden.
  5. When wax has completely solidified, wrap the milk bottles with washi tape.
  6. Paint the milk bottles, from the top of the tape to the bottom of the bottle, with chalkboard paint.  You may need to use two coats.
  7. Allow paint to dry completely.  Then, write on your chalkboard candles and display!

If you’re a fan of rustic decor and flea market finds, this is a fun way to combine the two into an easy DIY project!  These look great in the kitchen, but would add a little farmhouse style to any room in the house! Write a personal message on them and they’d make a nice gift for your shiplap farmhouse loving friend!


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  • Reply Phyrra July 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Someone suggested I should paint my dog paint with chalkboard paint. I love how you created these candles with it.

    • Reply Jessica July 17, 2017 at 3:08 PM

      Thanks so much! Chalkboard paint is so much fun for so many surfaces!

  • Reply Camille Gabel July 17, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    CUTE idea!! I love chalkboard paint on anything. 🙂

    • Reply Jessica July 17, 2017 at 3:07 PM

      Thanks so much! I’m with you! I am all about the chalkboard paint! 🙂

  • Reply bysarahhalstead July 17, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    That is so cool!!

  • Reply Doria July 17, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Those are so adorable! I should do these as a project with the kids this summer 🙂

    • Reply Jessica July 17, 2017 at 3:05 PM

      That would be fun! I’m sure they would love writing on the chalkboard bottles, too!

  • Reply kissmytulle July 17, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    How cute would these be as out-the-door wedding favors?

    • Reply Jessica July 17, 2017 at 3:19 PM

      That would be adorable! Paint them and give them to guests with a chalkboard marker tied to it!

  • Reply mamamommymom July 17, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Those are super cute! They could be incorporated really easily into a Cookie Monster party theme too! 🙂

    • Reply Jessica July 17, 2017 at 9:06 PM

      That’s such a cute idea! I love it!

  • Reply geniabeme July 17, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    That is super cute! What a great idea!

  • Reply Lani // Life Anchored July 17, 2017 at 9:40 PM

    What a cute gift idea!

  • Reply cosmeticsanctuary July 17, 2017 at 11:37 PM

    What a cute idea! I love this!

  • Reply Miranda July 18, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    This is cute and is inspiring for some centerpieces too at a farmhouse wedding!

    • Reply Jessica July 18, 2017 at 8:19 PM

      Thanks so much! These would definitely look adorable at a barn wedding!

  • Reply sayhellonature July 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    These are so fun! I loved this project the first time I saw it. I’m definitely going to add these to my list of projects to make this fall when it slows down some!

    • Reply Jessica July 19, 2017 at 1:42 PM

      Thank you! It was a fun project to share back then and it’s still a fun project for me now! I hope you enjoy making your own candles!

  • Reply vrmm26 July 25, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Great hostess gift ideas! Visiting from Wonderful Wednesday party.

  • Reply Alissa Apel July 25, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    That is pretty fun! I never thought to do that.

  • Reply diyadulation July 27, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    These are adorable! They would make great gifts, decor, and more. Versatile projects are some of my fave. Thanks for the awesome idea!

    • Reply Jessica July 27, 2017 at 12:45 PM

      Thanks so much! This is definitely a versatile project with a nice chalkboard touch for personalization! Glad you enjoy it!

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  • Reply Maisy August 4, 2017 at 2:36 AM

    Jessica, I love this cute little candle project – and that you actually paired it with cookies! Makes even candles look delicious 🙂 I think the “milk” version is my favourite. Anyway – I’m here to tell you that you have been featured over at the Friday Favorites linky party. Come have a look and also see what the others have made this week:

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    • Reply Jessica August 4, 2017 at 8:02 AM

      Thanks so much, Maisy! I mean, I’ll use any excuse to make a batch of cookies. 😉 I appreciate the feature! Have a great weekend!

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    • Reply Jessica August 4, 2017 at 1:38 PM

      Thank you so much! Have a great weekend!

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