DIY Lifestyle

DIY: a rustic candle holder


I can’t take full credit for this DIY as I’ve seen it floating around the interwebs in the past, but it’s a goodie and one that I’ve long wanted to duplicate myself. If I must admit, I had originally planned this post last fall but I just never got around to it. The sticks were gathered (this is no easy task when you live in a condo downtown Toronto), the glass votives were purchased and they’ve hung around all lonely-like ever since.

When I woke up last Saturday morning, I felt the urge to get crafty so that’s just what I did. It was so simple that I almost feel silly writing out the steps, but what kind of “DIY’er” would I be then? So here it goes:
What you’ll need:
-a hot glue gun
-some twine
-a sharp exacto knife
-a handful of (straight) sticks
-glass votives (I picked mine up at Ikea for $2.99/pack of 12)
-tealights


Step 1:
using the exacto knife, carefully cut the stick to your desired length (mine were approximately 3″ long)
Step 2:
repeat with remaining sticks until they’re all similar in length
Step 3:
add a dollop of hot glue to the bottom of the stick
Step 4:
hold it firmly against the votive until the glue dries
Step 5:
repeat until the entire votive is covered
Step 6:
wrap twine around the base, using hot glue to secure it in place, for a more “finished” look.

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Boi-Yeanoh
    November 15, 2012 at 8:39 am

    What a great idea. Just found me a weekend project.

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      November 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  • Reply
    Alyssa
    November 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

    This is so cute…a few of them would be perfect lining a Thanksgiving table. Thanks for the DIY!

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      November 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      ooo SO true! That’d look amazing!

  • Reply
    Anna
    November 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    So cute, what a great non-intimidating DIY! And they’d be great for centerpieces, mantels, etc

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      November 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      I totally agree. And it was so SO easy.

  • Reply
    Chelsea
    November 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I have been feeling craft as of late, and I need to just dive in. This looks great. Romantic and rustic. xo

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      November 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks Chelsea!
      And that was my thought last weekend. The sticks were staring me down and I was like ok this just needs to happen. Now.

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    Anna - Canoe Design
    November 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Always so creative! What an easy and inexpensive way to spice up in time for the holidays. Thanks for sharing as always!

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      November 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      My pleasure Anna!

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    lauren | eyes/ears/mouth+lens
    November 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Look at you being all creative. I love how it looks lit up!

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      November 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      haha I try!

  • Reply
    Alpha
    November 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks for this easy DIY. I regret not picking up the twigs in the backyard when the landscaper ripped up my garden to fix it up for spring ( it’s spring here in Australia). Must remind my kids to pickup twigs for me next time. I’ll try spray painting it in white for Christmas! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      November 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      ooo they would look AMAZING in white! I didn’t even think of that – that’s a fabulous idea

  • Reply
    Sam
    November 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I like the way the candle light shines through the twigs! It reminds me a little bit of Andy Goldsworthy’s art.

    Great project, Jacquelyn. I might try to execute this for thanksgiving.

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      November 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks Sam! I think the shadows are my favourite part as well

  • Reply
    Leah // Freutcake
    November 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Ok. This is incredible! I totally missed this post so thank you for mentioning it again. This is the perfect Thanksgiving candle.

  • Reply
    Gaby [The Vault Files]
    November 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Love it! It would be great for a pencil holder too!

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