October 18, 2010

Holiday Candle Transformation For Your Booth or Home

These candles were a good seller in my booth last year, so I thought I would share the idea.

These plastic candle sticks are readily available this time of year in thrift stores. 

Quite a motley crew of ugly candle sticks, just waiting for a good scrubbing and some paint.

Here's the big tip!  These plastic candles are very light weight and flimsy.  To make them sturdy I filled them with grout.

A small box of grout cost $5-6

And covered it with felt

OK, let the fun begin!  Time to decorate any way you choose, in any color, with bling, lace, ribbon, or flowers.

How to make clay roses tutorial here

This is a fun and easy project.  I sold them in my booth last year for $6 -8 Each.  I forgot to add glitter, that would have looked good! 

 Any other ideas?

Happy Creating!!!


I am linking up with Sherry No Minimalist Here Transformation Thursday at Shabby Chic Cottage


Anonymous said...

I have been picking these little gems up here and there for this exact purpose! I think the grout in the bottom is a great idea!!
May I ask how much you sell them for? I have such a hard time with pricing. I made some firestarters and they are really cute- have them on my blog but I am at a loss as to the price- would love any suggestions you may have!

bee blessed

Andrea said...

They look so good! what a great idea, the could be used at any occasion and decorated accordingly, I may have to try and find some!
You are right about me being from over the pond!! Scarborough, North Yorkshire!!
Have a fantastic day
Andrea x

Theresa said...

That is a great idea Carol! I love the way you dolled them up, I have some in our Christmas stuff because I like a candle in every window, but we haven't used them in a few years because as it turns out I don't like to light a candle in every window every night! Now I can make them beautiful instead...Thanks! Theresa xoxo

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
What a great idea. Filling them with grout, now that's genious!!! They turned out so pretty.


Sailing Simply said...

This is such a cute idea! I have had several of these candles for years. I have not used them for sometime because I just don't care for the way they look! You may have solved that delimma! Grout and embellishment, OMG! Thank you!

La said...

You have such a creative mind, Carol. I love them! La

Gina said...

I remember my mom having those candlesticks when I was a kid. It's amazing what you've done to them. They're beautiful now!

Erin said...

Carol - these are fantastic!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this idea! :)

Debbie said...

I am heading to my attic as soon as I have a pair of minutes to see if I still have my box of those things!!!

Once again, you really amaze me. I'm not kidding. You think outside the box in the most incredible way.

And the grout? Bingo! That's one of the biggest pains about those old candles. They tip.

Man oh mercy. I'm so glad that I'm a follower here so I don't miss the good stuff.

Tina Eudora said...

Geez Carol I wish I could borrow your mind!! You come up with some of the most original and fabulous ideas I have seen in a long time and then you generously share them with all of us.
How often I have seen these little candles thrown out in the garbage after the holidays and it never occurred to me to grab them up and transform them into something beautiful and treasured...thanks you so much for another wonderful idea.
I haven't done anything yet with the starch and fabric idea but I will soon! I will post the results when I have it finished.
Tina xo


Hi Carol,
More great ideas! Thank you!!
Deb :)

Olivia said...

This is a FABULOUS idea! I am thiniking about fluffing up my booth with a few of these, did you just use regular spray paint?

Bringing Pretty Back said...

I can not wait to make these!!!!! Love this idea! I am going to paint mine pink and go wild with the decorating!
Thank you!
Have a pretty day!

Debbie said...

What a fabulous idea...I just love them. The grout idea is very clever. Oh and yes that would have been funny if you added that...perhaps one or two would have gotten it...the rest would have thought your off your rocker!~

parTea lady said...

Your decorated candlesticks are lovely. Thanks for the project ideas. I'll be on the lookout for those plastic candlesticks now.

Sue Barreau said...

Hi Carol, These look just gorgeous!! You are sooo clever!! I havent seen these in Australia before, but they may be around - I will keep my eyes glued ...lol... excuse the pun!!
p.s. I have photos on my blog now!! YAY!! Khris from sewprimkhris.blogspot.com rang me last weekend to help me. Hugs n Blessings from Sue x

Roselle said...

They came out stunning! LOVE the rhinestone touches!!!

Such creativity and talent...thanks so much for sharing with us :)

Roselle said...

Just gorgeous! Thank U for sharing your talent and creativity with us! So inspiring :)

~~Carol~~ said...

I love your candle light makeover, and I've got several of these floating around the house somewhere! Your blog is just lovely, and full of great ideas!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Well good grief....I bet they were a big seller in your booth. They are FABULOUS! When we had a colonial/salt box home I would put one of those candles in every window dressed up with fresh holly and when we built our next home I made sure the builder put a light socket under every window. This house has no window sills so no candles in the windows but just as well because no one drives by anyway. Carol, those really are stunning!

Anonymous said...

I got the fire starter tute up finally. The eggs are really part of the carton itself filled with ceder shavings and wax.

I have got find some time to find my little candles so I can pretty them up like yours!! We are off to NM for a few days to pick up clothing racks for the clothing bank we are starting so I guess it will have to wait till I get home. Darn- I do so get excited about a project and just want to jump right in!

bee blessed

The Decorating Diaries said...

I love your candles and the grout is such a great tip.


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

When I see rhinestones, I'm there. Love your idea for these electric candles. I've passed them up so many times, but not again. Love your ideas, so I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing.

Lucy - By the Hill said...

Carol, you've done it again! Your imagination and creativity knows no bounds! BeeeUUUtiful!
I will probably never do this for lack of time, but the how to will be here, just in case!!

bee'nme said...

Wow Carol! I never would have thought to dress those up...they are so very precious - what a transformation!! Thank you so much for sharing so freely about your projects, how well they do in your shop, etc...it is such useful and inspiring information!

Have a lovely weekend!
Hugs & Blessings,

Barbara Jean said...

And thanks for tip about the grout.


barbara jean

Alison said...

What a great idea! I'm going to have to try this!!

Rita @ TesoroFino.com said...

Love how these came out!!! You're wonderful!

PEACHES said...

What a great idea! I love the ones with the sheet music and rhinestones. Clustered altogether, they are just magic!

Joyce's Journey said...

What a phenomenal idea! I'm doing this. They are gorgeous. What fun this will be! Thank you so much for sharing. You are wonderful!!!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh my gosh.... Love, Love them!
Thank you for sharing!

Suzann said...

These are so sweet!!
Thank you for sharing!

Sherry said...

These candle sticks are so perfect. I will be on the lookout for some from now until Christmas. Thanks for sharing how to make them and what a good idea to add the grout.

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

An awesome idea! So pretty! I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
Merry Christmas!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carol, What a great idea and they are adorable! I have some of these up in my attic I may have to bling-up before christmas. Thanks for sharing your candles at my party and have a wonderful holiday.

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Oh, wonderful!! I have a bag of these in the attic: probably 30 of them I got after Christmas one year for $.10 each. I just didn't know what to do with them. Now I do for next year!! LOVE the grout idea to make them more substantial. Thanks BUNCHES!!!

HeartVintageDesign said...

I love this idea! What a great way to create things for your booth : )