I ended up coming across candle making supplies while looking at the free section on craigslist - And that is how craigslist started the solution to my problems. The post included molds and dishes to pour the wax into (why hadn't I thought of that?). With that thought, my best girlfriend and I headed to Michael's Craft Supply Store to pick up some wicks
Roughly $25 for a roll of wick that should be enough to make about 45 candles
as well as the metal clips that hold that wick in the bottom of a mold/containter
Following the craft store, since we were successful and on a roll, we headed to the closest thrift store and found the solution to the vase issue - Colored glass
There were so many beautiful vases in blue, white, green, and brown.
Priced at $0.99-$2.99 meant picking out a bunch wouldn't leave me with buyers remorse :)
We also picked up some tea cups and saucers - a steal at only $0.59 a piece
Got everything here and more for under $40 - Cups to mke into candles,
vases to hold flowers,
and a kettle to pour the wax (since the wax melting pot was a bit pricey at the craft store)
I will be posting about the candle making process when it happens, but for now I am happy to have everything lined up and ready to go. Total cost was roughly $60 since I didn't have to worry about wax since we already had unused white soy candles that I plan to melt down - nothing like recycling!