Saturday, March 25, 2023

Retro Candlestick Holder Using Ornaments

Hey everybody, it's that time again to share our "Do Over" projects! In case you didn't know, the "Do It Over Designers" is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage. It happens the 4th Saturday of every other month and it's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor, to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it!


For my "do over" project, I'm taking clear Christmas ornaments that I've had for awhile, unused, and turning them into retro candlestick holders! You've probably seen similar candlesticks with a unique retro look - a bubble glass or hand blown effect - like this clear ribbed one:

or in colors!

Imagine bringing a unique vintage look into your space with uniquely handmade candlestick holders using clear plastic ornaments! And you won't believe how easy they are to make, either!

Clear plastic ornaments
Small plastic candleholders
Hot knife/tempered glass mat work surface
Parchment paper
Quick dry clear multi-purpose glue

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How to:
Let's begin by sorting out the clear plastic ornaments you want to use to make the candlesticks. I picked out several ribbed ones and a few plain round ones, too!

Don't you just love this ribbed onion shaped ornament!

But first, for safety, when working with a hot knife, it's recommended to use a tempered glass mat to ensure your work area will not be damaged from heat or cuts. I also like to use parchment paper, too! That being said, begin by removing the protruding section (where the ornament hanger attaches) of the ornament using the hot knife.

Cutting all the way .  .  .
Once the hanger section has been removed begin building the candlestick starting with the candleholder and adding glue around the rim to insert a ribbed ornament.
Then glue on another ribbed ornament. 

Making sure the ornaments are straight and aligned.
At this point, you can add the candleholder to the top by removing the base of the candleholder using the hot knife and .  .  .

gluing it on top of the ribbed ornament for a group of two, or .  .  .
create another one with a group of three ribbed ornaments and candleholder.
But don't stop there! Why not create another candlestick holder, but this time use clear smooth onion shaped ornaments for a total of three bubble candlestick holders! They can be painted to match your decor, too! But I like them clear, for now!
How cool are these creating a stunning display with the set!
I hope you liked this playful and elegant design - a sleek modern take on classic candlesticks!  Be sure to visit all of this month's creative projects by the "Do It Over Designers" listed below:


  1. Wow! You've never guess these were Christmas baubles if you didn't know. They really do look like the ones from the shops. Do you think you could fill them with something before they are glued? Like faux flowers/petals or confetti etc. Or do you think that might be a hazard if you actually used a real candle?

    1. Thanks, Julie! Actually, I would probably use it as a candleholder just for looks. I didn't have any real candles that would fit to try. I thought about cutting some down but then I decided not to. It's been a long time since I actually lit candles. I've read about too many fire accidents involving them. The opening on the top actually allows small flowers and even water, so I guess calling it a vase would work, too!

  2. Wow, these are incredible Gail! This would be a perfect project for a faux candle! They are so convincing these days. I love them clear, but I'd try swirling some paint around on the inside before they're glued to mimick the coloured ones you showed.

    1. Thanks, Sara! That's a great idea! I kept thinking of ways to color them - I guess I was being lazy this time!

  3. Holy cow... those are beautiful!! I can see why you want to color them too :) If you try the alcohol ink method just be careful of the crevices, the ink will settle in there and will be darker, but that might look cool! I'd experiment on a random ornament first :)

    1. Thanks, Tania! I've worked with alcohol inks before and I guess I just gave up after trying a few ways! But your using cotton balls just might work! Thanks for the idea!

  4. They look just like glass, Gail. Clear or colored, either way they are beautiful!

    1. Yes, they do look like glass! That's why I wanted to use them for this project! Thanks so much for hosting and keeping this wonderful hop going!

  5. This DIY project is a great way to bring a unique and vintage touch to any space! And why not enhance the ambiance with the refreshing scent of clementine california perfume oil? It's the perfect addition to any DIY project!

  6. Way to go, candlestick holders look awesome! I definitely like them as a trio. They look so upscale!

  7. Well look at you, you creative genius. I am really blown away by your skills and by your vision. I love the way these turned out, so elegant and I'd never guess they were ornaments to start.

  8. One of the reasons I enjoy this challenge so much is that I get to see so many amazing makeovers that inspire me to think outside of the box next time. This is clever and beautiful at the same time. Pinned!

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  10. Thank you for writing such a nice blog with useful information. I hope you will share some more info.

  11. What a great use of ornaments to create something new. These would make such a pretty center piece in varying heights.


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