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!
<br/>– watercolor paint palette
– Wilton Candy Melts in various colors
– coconut oil (or Crisco)
– bucket + hot water
– microwavable bowl
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.
- 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.
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.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)