Learn how I turned a thrifted candle holder into a festive Christmas lamp post.
One of my absolute favorite things to do this time of year is to scour thrift stores in hopes I’ll see something that I can breathe new life into. The second I saw this wrought iron candle holder I knew it was coming home with me and that it would be my next project.
I first began by giving it a very thorough cleaning then off I went to search my scrap wood pile to find a piece that I could use as a base for what I had planned. After drilling a small hole in the center I placed it on the candle holder to ensure it was a snug fit and wouldn’t get blown off in the wind since I was going to put the finished project on my porch.
I couldn’t help but think the wooden piece just sitting on top of the candle holder looked unfinished so I made yet another trip to my scrap wood pile and found some leftover pieces of common board that I cut at a 45 degree angle and used to create a border that I’d eventually place my lamp in to.
To adhere the common board I used my trusty Elmer’s wood glue and some clamps that I had in my garage. I also used some wood filler on the corners to blend in the seams where the wood met and then gave it a gentle sanding once everything was dried.
The next day I brought the candle holder outside and gave it a few coats of black spray paint. Once it was dried I placed my lantern on the stand and tied on a festive bow that I ordered from JoAnn Fabrics on sale for around $2 to complete the look.
As you can probably tell by the maple pillow in the background I started this project early fall and am excited that I can finally use it to decorate my front porch with.
Ladies and Gentlemen, if I do say so myself – this right here had to of been one of the easiest DIY projects I’ve done in a long, long time. So easy in fact that I did the majority of it while laying in bed. (Yes, you read that right! My DIY obsessed self was fighting a stomach bug and yet that couldn’t even stop me from working on a project. That just goes to show how obsessed I am with keeping busy and letting my creative side run wild)
If you’d like to make something similar, here is a list of the supplies you will need:
Metal Wreath * I purchased mine at Goodwill for $3.99 but any kind will do. Here is one from Walmart that is even cheaper although it does not have the distinct circle outline that the one I used has
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First I began by cutting the raffia paper ribbon into different lengths. I’m not all about perfection and didn’t want it to look too uniform once it was added. I then grabbed groups of three strands at a time and began looping them through the wreath base.
Many hours and re-runs of Psych later it was time to add the mirror. To begin I took out my trusty E6000 and applied a generous amount to the back of the wreath then lowered the mirror onto it as gently as I could.
It was at this time when I realized that I’d need something heavy to weigh it down with so I grabbed the closest thing to me which just so happened to be a box filled with my spoiled cats many toys. The whole time it was drying she’d walk by while giving me the side-eye and silently looking like she wanted to kill me for disturbing her prized possessions.
Once the E6000 was fully dried I used a heavy duty picture hanger to hang the mirror on the wall and “fluffed” the raffia over it to disguise the unsightly gold color that was poking out.