Thursday, August 27, 2020

Pumpkin Design Candle Holder

 It's that time again for our monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge, hosted by Angela @ Simply Beautiful by Angela! Here, a group of creative bloggers come together to share their lovely transformations of a thrift store item.
Our Thrift Store Upcycle group of bloggers is looking to expand -- and we need your help! Why not consider joining in our thrift store upcycle challenge on the last Thursday of each month? Make some friends while having fun and share your love of DIY with the world. It’s a win-win! Sound like something you’d be interested in? Just leave a comment at the end of this post with your contact info and a link to your blog. Someone will get back to you right away. We can’t wait to meet you!

The Rules:
  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

You can find lots and lots of  tchotchkes or knick knacks  in thrift stores.   They're fun to use in decorative settings for just about any season. And I always try to pick up a few each time I'm there. Halloween items are quite popular and plentiful - some quite unique. Take this metal candle holder. It has a rusty finish, but can you see the outline of pumpkins around it? How cool is that - and for a sweet price of 50 cents, too!
To get rid of the residue from rusty metal, wash to remove any dirt and grime. Then spray on a paint + primer like Rustoleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover. It's an indoor-outdoor spray paint that bonds to wood, metal, plastic and more! 
Once the primer paint was dry, I painted the pumpkin lines with a bright orange multi-purpose acrylic paint. Please excuse the uneven lines. I'm a terrible painter!
What a fun way to update a rusty thrift store piece.
Let's make a decorative decoupage candle to use with the newly updated thrift store candle holder:
Begin by measuring the napkin around the candle and cut out a a piece big enough to wrap the candle. Try wrapping the napkin around the candle to see how the pattern fits. Then cut off any excess napkin paper. 
Next separate the top printed layer from the plain layers. I got this napkin from Target last year. It has only one plain layer to remove.
Because the candle is curved, it's best to apply the napkin in sections to prevent unnecessary wrinkles. Do this by applying a thin layer of Mod Podge using a soft bristle brush over a small portion of the sides of the candle. Place the edge of the paper napkin over the MP, making sure to keep the napkin straight and even. Gently smooth down with hand. 
 Continue applying Mod Podge around the candle and smoothing out sections of the napkin on top .  .  .
 until the candle is completely covered with the napkin.
 Use a plastic baggy or plastic wrap to smooth out any wrinkles on top and let dry.
 Then coat with a layer of Mod Podge to seal and let dry completely.
It's all about the pumpkins!

Candles like this one with decoupaged napkins are decorative and should not be burned. In addition, while Mod Podge is not flammable, items like paper napkins used with this glue may be. However, there is a trick if you want to "burn" your decorated candle.  You can burn thick decoupage candles - by burning until a small well is formed. You'll notice that thick candles burn inside without heating the outer surface too much. But please don't leave them unattended in any event.

And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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  1. What a cute makeover for Halloween, Gail. I'm always so impressed with how you use napkins for fantastic projects!

    1. Thanks, Beverly! It seems like decoupage napkins has become my go-to project these days! Lol!

  2. What a great transformation on both the candle and the holder! Thank you for all the tips about candles. I have a couple thick ones whose colors are not what I want right now. A napkin transformation would definitely do the trick! Thanks, Gail! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  3. That's certainly a fresh makeover on your candle holder now! Good tip using a plastic bag for smoothing the MP. I just smooch my bare hands all in it and make my wrinkles look worse lol.

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