Oh my goodness. Who in their right mind would buy a couple candle stick holders for over $40? I have been searching forever for a nice set, and but it turns out that the pretty $40 set was the best modern chic set I could find at that “low” price range. I also spied something similar at a whopping $129.99 for a set of 4. Ok, I know I’m a bit of a cheapskate, but seriously? They weren’t even real gold. At that price, those candlesticks better be able to sing and dance, be named Lumière, and create the feeling of romance between me and my darling beast…ahem husband. 😉
You know what is super cheap and three times as lovely as a candle holder? Some gold leaf, and a pack of $6 shot glasses! I love the elegance of long taper candles, and my DIY version of those candlestick holders I saw in the store will do perfectly!
Ok, I know I’m a bit of a cheapskate, but… At that price, those candlesticks better be able to sing and dance, be named Lumière, and create the feeling of romance between me and my darling beast…ahem husband.
I would create my own glamorous (but super duper affordable) version of all those crazy expensive (but oh so stunning) dinner table candle holders. Oh yes!
I’ve got gold leaf, and shot glasses, and I’m not afraid to use them! Well, use them for this purpose anyway. Haha! It is rather weird to have shot glasses in the home of such a teetotaler (yep, I’m a total girl scout).
I purchased my shot glasses at Walmart, a pack of 4 for $6, but you can also purchase these materials online:
Shot Glasses | Gold Leaf | Gold Leaf Size | Gold Spray Paint | Soft Bristle Brush | (optional) Oil Based Gold Sharpie
Ready to get started? This is a very easy fun project, accomplished in about 20 minutes! Here is what you do:
There you have it! The tapered shot glass makes it easy to fit most candle sizes.
Add An Extra Decor Detail
Add an extra design element by dropping your shot glass candle holders into larger glasses. Mix it up; use regular cup sized glasses, thin tall flower vases, hurricane vases, etc.
You can even embellish these glasses further with a Sharpie oil-based marker. Draw on x’s, crosses, bubbles, or dots.
All that glass makes for a beautiful reflective sparkle all across your tablescape! What will you be using your candle holders for? A romantic dinner, a dinner party, just a Tuesday? Let me know! I’d love to see what you use yours for, just share to Instagram, or to HMC’s FB page…don’t forget to tag me, and add #HMCmaker!
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Love the taper candlestick holders, just made them from the Walmart shotglasses! I did not use spray paint; I dabbed the inside with gold paint with a rounded soft brush. Worked great!
Awesome! I love to hear that!! If have a chance, I’d love for you to share the picture with us on Facebook, just tag me at Home Made by Carmona.
Corinna - A Designer At Home
You are so stinkin’ smart! This has given me an idea or two!