Trash to Treasure Candle Holder Re-purposed

I know some of you have been waiting for me to show the results of my kitchen re-paint. Here’s the thing. After I painted the wall, I realized even more how desperately I want to paint the outdated oak cabinets. But I can’t right now because it is waaay too cold outside. It is driving me crazy not to be able to work on them!! I’ve decided to put off showing you the results till I have the entire makeover finished. Because I want to really wow you. 😉

In the meantime, I am having a great time coming up with thrifty home decor projects for the walls and top of the cabinets. Don’t worry, I won’t make you wait to see those. I couldn’t stand that. As soon as I finish something, I wanna show it off!  The first project is a re-purposed candle holder.
thrifty-diy-decoratingI found it at the local thrift store for $1. You can’t tell from the photo, but it has four holes in the top to put candles in. (Who’s the bad photographer anyway? Sheesh!) When I saw it, I immediately knew how I was going to transform it into a plant holder.
I was going to spray paint it, but then realized it was actually covered with paper. I wasn’t sure how well spray painted paper would hold up, so had to think of something else.

I decided to add some texture. I love it so much more than I would have if I had just painted it!

Wanna know how I did it? Of course you do. If not, just play along. 😉
First I cut out pieces of burlap and glued them to the sides with mod podge. Then I crocheted  a piece of jute using a simple chain stitch, and hot glued trim to the edges. I didn’t put one on the bottom because I knew it wouldn’t show. Just in case you were wondering. Instead of using candles, I opted for some greenery from Hobby Lobby. It is going to look so fabulous sitting on top of my cabinets. Man I love a good trash to treasure project!!


  1. I can’t believe it! I have the same thing that I picked up at the thrift store. Mine came with 4 glass votives for candles. I covered one side of the holder with french script scrapbook paper, the other I left as is because the ‘bloom’ was kind of nice. I like what you’ve done with yours. The ‘bloom’ side might get some burlap on it tomorrow. 🙂

  2. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    Looks great! I love re-purposing!

  3. That’s a good idea! I want some greenery in our living room, but it doesn’t allow much natural light in and we have a toddler. This method works a lot better…fake plants placed up high somewhere. :o) I’ll have to keep my eye out for something next time I’m at Goodwill!

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