November 26, 2011

Vintage Book Candle Holder


I have so many old books so I thought....Hum, I wonder if I could make them into candles holders?  This might look good for holiday decorating?


I started by tracing around my candles


Then I clamped the book together leaving the back jacket out of the mix so I could cut through the pages, then glue the back cover to hold the candles in place


I used my jigsaw for the big hole and these red thingys on my drill to cut the smaller holes


Don't worry if they are not exactly perfect holes because you are going to cover them with sheet music or scrap paper


Now I mod podged around all of the pages and the back cover and used the old brick trick and let it dry


If you have a great looking book you could leave the book jacket on, but since mine was an old math book I pulled it off.   Then brought out my stamps and walnut ink and mod podged on a new top page, all of the details are on my post altering books


I think I'll do another one with a Christmas Theme


I put lace around the candles and tied a cord around the book


I know you will come up with great ways to alter this simple project and make it your own....I'm just the idea thrower!

Happy Creating!

61 comments:

laurie said...

thats a really great look, I love this,

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

This idea is beyond fabulous and very versatile, too! Love it!

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Carol You are just so creative, how fun! Hugs marilou

Irma@CosasBellas said...

So creative, it turned out gorgeous! Irma

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Neat look! Wayyyyy better than the old math book!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Very COOL candle holder! Look at your "tools"...
Did you get your tree decorated today??? Mine is almost done. Want to see it in the morning light as it's a rainy day and then I'll take some photos.
Warmly,
deb

Holy Craft said...

It looks great. I love the lace and how you ripped the cover off.

I did something similar a few months ago and then used the leftover pages in the circle to make a wreath.

Here's the link.
http://holy-craft.blogspot.com/2011/11/book-page-wreath.html

Karen said...

That is beautiful and so original. It will look so gorgeous in your Christmas tablescapes.

Gina said...

You come up with the most original ideas, Carol. This is a beauty!

Sherry said...

As always another wonderful idea. Thanks so much for sharing your talent wit us.

camp and cottage living said...

Wonderful and creative!

debi huntsman said...

What a beautiful, and creative idea!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Cool! What a great look. You could do the same thing for other occasions as well.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

That is a great idea especially to use a math book which reminds me how much I dislike math. Kidding aside, it really is a pretty vignette which happens to be a candle holder. The lace makes it have a romantic look which is very lovely.------
Shannon

Createology said...

Great idea to anchor the candles so they don't tip easily. You are the maestro of altering and embellishing. Lovely gift idea and I thank you for sharing. Blissful creating dear...

Feral Turtle said...

You are so creative. Very pretty!

angel said...

GREAT IDEA...YOU CAN ALSO MAKE XMASTREES WITH OLD PAGES..THERE IS SO MUCH U CAN DO WITH OLD BOOKS JUST YOUR IMAGINATION....

Rebecca said...

Miss C...well, you amaze me AGAIN! Fabo girl!

Now..about painting your tree. Don't use regular spray paint. The chemicals can and do cause some strings of lights to 'melt'. They rubber/plastic reacts with the propellants in the paint. That's why the acrylic with water works great!

xoRebecca

Melodee said...

so darling! I didn't know the jigsaw had a circular piece, better get the hubby to show me how to use that! love your projects....always do!

Rhissanna said...

Thank you for the brick trick! I'm making a dollar store book into a secret box (a bit at a time, it's really boring cutting those pages with an exacto) and I was wondering how to get everything to stay flat while I glued it. Thank you for sharing. The candle books look really pretty.

lynn said...

such a clever idea and so very pretty, thanks for sharing:)

sissie said...

What a great idea Carol! Love the books turned into a candle holder. Seems as though you have a tool for everything. My tools exist of a hammer, screwdriver and a scraper.....I think I need a drill!!!

hugs
Sissie

Theresa said...

This turned out so pretty! Thanks for sharing, I think I even have one or two of the round dohickys for my drill! t.xoxooxo

Jacque said...

Carol--your creativity NEVER CEASES to amaze me! Does your brain stay awake at night thinking up new decorating ideas??

You are one talenting woman! Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

WAY clever there my friend. I really LOVE this idea. They turned out great Carol.

Stampin D Amour said...

Carol - what a fantastic creation! You are so creative! I've never seen a jigsaw tool - perfect holes! I need to hang out in the power tools aisle at Home Depot on my next spray paint visit for sure. ;)

-pamela

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Oh my gosh that is soooo pretty and such an awesome and unique idea!!
Thank you for sharing it with us!

Olivia said...

Very cute idea! That tool looks scary! LOL Can't wait to see what you do next! xoxoxo
Olivia

Char said...

Hi Carol,
I don't think your mind ever takes a rest. You came up with a great idea and I love what you have done. I think it looks great,
Char

Kathy said...

You are so clever, honestly. This is a grand idea...

Betsy said...

What a great idea! Your embellishments always make everything extra special. Beautiful.

Ruby Jean said...

You are TOO TOO AMAZING!!!!! however your nephew is over here practically in TEARS!!! He LOVES MATH... and was gasping as I went down the page...LOL!! I think that would look Beautiful in a Library or on top of an Old Pump Organ..... :) I do hope you show us the pictures of the Christmas themed one..

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful! I'm going to start by wrapping a candle with crochet or lace! Hugs! ♥

Katie said...

So cute Carol! Now I need a jigsaw and those little red things. Home Depot here I come... XoXo

Screaming Sardine said...

What an awesome idea, Carol! Can't wait to try it. I'll have to get one of those jigsaw thingies, but I've been meaning to get some power tools.

Pinning on pinterest. :)

Cheers,
Tracy Screaming Sardine

kt said...

How creative!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Carol,

Love this look, what a great idea. It would make such a nice little gift for all of those who love to read. The attention to detail is fabulous...
All the Best,
Christine

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carol, You can take the simplest things and make them so beautiful! I love the way you embellished the book and candles. Gorgeous!
Hugs,
Sherry

Just me said...

Oh Carol this is such an awesome candle holder! Gorgeous!

Debbie said...

OMG! Carol!! You have completely outdone yourself with this one! WOW! I LOVE how you can think outside of the box! I am VERY inspired! What nice homemade gifts! :)

Debbie said...

That's so creative and I love the look. I hope you post a Christmas one if you do it.

Marie said...

OMG!! are you really from the same planet I live on??? I can't be;lieve it!!
so creative... you make me feel really envious... in a good way (is there a good way??)
Love it!!...Hmm I do npt own old books, or the thingo to make the hole, but I woork at a school where I do knpow are planty of books looking for a new home or a new life??
anyway...
as usual i leave full of inspiratin or copycat inspiration??
:P
Cheers carol!!
LOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooOOve your blog!

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Carol,

I love this creative and cool candle holder.

You are the Master of Creativity!

Dee

Linda said...

This is just lovely, Carol! I appreciate the tutorial from your wonderfully creative mind!!

Carol said...

Carol, I just have one question...when do you sleep? LOL
Another great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
Carol

HeartVintageDesign said...

I love this Carol! I never used walnut ink until I read one of your tutorials and I may be making this one too!

Sonia said...

That is an amazing project Carol, I love it!! So enchanting!!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! xox
Sonia

Marydon said...

Carol, I am so impressed with this wonderfully clever idea. What a fabulous gift idea, unique.

Have a beautiful week
TTFN ~
Marydon

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Seriously, you are one of the most creative women I have ever had the pleasure to "meet". How do you come up with this stuff?? And what and where did you find those red thingies??

Deborah said...

Lady you are a veritable font of inspiration :))

Kasia said...

This is SUCH a good idea! Who would have thought? Great job! :D

Hugs,

Biljana said...

Absolutely beautiful, I love it!
Hugs, Biljana

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Carol,
This is such a fabulous idea, we'd love for you to join our "What's It Wednesday" linky party that is now open.
Hugs,
Patti and Paula

EvA. . . said...

Wow what an awesome idea! Love it!

SavannahGranny said...

So neat. Great idea. Hugs Ginger

Shari @ Swinging on a Star Creations said...

So pretty....very creative idea...thanks for sharing!

stefanie said...

oooooooooooohhhh and awwwhhhhhhh!!!!

saltbox treasures said...

Another beautiful creation!!! A wonderful idea and so pretty!
~ Julie

Not-so-young-adult Librarian said...

Thanks for the instructions! Here's what I did with them: http://not-so-young-adult-librarian.blogspot.com/2012/02/book-candle-holder-craft.html

Guriana said...

Thank you for sharing us your great ideas:))
my book handle holder:
http://guriana.blogspot.com/2012/04/swieczniki.html

wish you Happy Easter:)

xox
Guriana:)

Barbara Jean said...

Thank you so much. Great timing. =)

blessings
barb