How to Upcycle a Paint Palette into THE Prettiest Box of Chocolates
Let’s be honest, one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is the chocolate. Flowers are a great gift, as is jewelry, but the real way to a girl’s heart is a box of delectable treats. In true Brit + Co fashion, we’ve created a our very own box of melty candy using a repurposed paint palette. Follow along below!
– watercolor paint palette
– Wilton Candy Melts in various colors
– coconut oil (or Crisco)
– bucket + hot water
– microwavable bowl
- Place your paint palette in a bucket of hot water. Use your knife to scrape out the paint. Be sure to thoroughly wash the palette to remove any remaining paint. We found that using liquid dishwasher detergent worked best.
- Using a Q-tip, grease each section of the palette with coconut oil.
- Place four candy melts in a microwavable bowl and heat for one minute. Stir and heat more if necessary.
- Pour the melted candy into one section of the palette. Repeat this process with all of your colors. If your palette is really large, we recommend using Wilton Candy Coloring and white candy melts to create your own colors.
- When the palette is full, bang it on a flat surface to bring any air bubbles to the surface and to even out the “paint.”
- Allow the candy to harden.
- To remove each piece, carefully loosen the candy by sticking the knife down the edge and then popping it out.
Let’s get to it!
First clean your palette. Hopefully you’ve used most of the paint already! Take the lid off of the palette and soak it in hot water. After a few minutes you can start to scrape the paint out using a knife. So crazy how all of the beautiful colors create such a dingy brown when mixed together.
Once you’ve cleaned the palette, go over it with a sponge and liquid dishwashing detergent. This will really get it spick and span.
After much experimenting, we found that lubing up each section with coconut oil makes it easier to remove your candy. For best results, use a Q-tip and really lather each section. Next, heat your candy melts. Place four pieces (this will depend on the size of your palette) in a microwavable bowl, and heat until they melt. Ours took about one minute. Give the melts a good stir and then pour them into each individual section. If you have more sections than colors, we suggest you get Wilton Candy Coloring and white candy melts to create your own colors.
To get rid of the air bubbles and smooth out the top, bang your palette on a flat surface. Just don’t pound it too hard ;).
Let your melts harden for at least a few hours. We let ours sit overnight.
Once they’re hard, you can remove them with a knife. Gently poke the knife down the side of the candy, working hard not to chip it, and then pop the candy out.
How cool are these? You’d never know this wasn’t a paint palette. You could easily fool your honey into thinking you’re about to eat paint.
Or you could bust it out after a romantic evening and see if it would work as body watercolor. Hey, you never know!
What an awesome way to say “I love chocolate. Oh right, and you!”
Have you repurposed anything interesting lately? How do you like to package homemade treats? As always, let us know in the comments.