Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Transforming a cheap plain candle

Candles come in all different sizes, colors, scents, and prices.

One of my favorite candles is...
an ivory colored, inexpensive, no scent candle.

That's right no scent.

I like having a candle (or two or three) in the kitchen.
I also like having a candle as a centerpiece on the kitchen table or in the living room.
Having a lit candle adds such ambiance to any space.

But, I do not want a scented candle near my food or drink.

I don't want the smell to compete with the delicious aroma of my food.
I also don't want to risk the candle smell penetrating into our food or drinks.

That's why I use cheap, ivory colored candles...
glammed up a bit.

Here's how I transformed this basic candle into a fall statement piece.

For this project, I used sewing pins.
They penetrate into the candle easily, and makes it a non-permanent solution.
I can easily remove the twine and embellishment and decorate the candle again and again.
Start by inserting one pin through the twine.

Wrap it around tightly to your desired length.
Finish it off with another pin, lining them up on the back of the candle.  
Make sure to go through the twine.

I like having the twine down toward the bottom, allowing room for the candle to burn down some before I need to adjust the twine.
I glued a pumpkin embellishment (from my scrapbook supplies) onto the twine.

I finished it off by tying a separate piece of twine into a bow.
Placed on top of a yard sale candle holder suits me fine.

Because I used pins, I want to position the candle where the pins don't show.

The candle is now pretty on its own, even when not lit, adding a little fall decor.

If you burn a candle with added embellishments, take special care making sure the twine or embellishments don't get too hot or catch on fire.  


  1. Such a pretty candle...I don't like scented candles either. I do like to display them though. The embellishment finished the job correctly. By the way I love your lamp shade too!

    1. Thanks Vickie! I like to use 'tart's on a warmer...they give off a wonderful smell.

  2. Hi Lori. This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing as I have some candles I could easily decorate for the fall season. I can't believe that summer will soon be over. Being in southern California, I miss the changing of the seasons. Wishing you a lovely day. Pat xx

    1. Hi Pat. I try not to complain, but....the summer heat is not my favorite...I LOVE fall! I hope you share your candle creations ;-)

  3. Your candle is SO pretty, LL! I love using twine and that pumpkin charm is too cute! Happy almost Fall! =) ~CB

  4. Very cute! I like your lamp shade too.

    1. Thanks Brenda! I received those lamps and shades FREE years ago when I got two new chairs for the living room and one was on back order for quite some time ;-)

  5. Oh, my word! I LOVE this! I absolutely love the idea of using pins to hold the twine in place and being able to change up the d├ęcor. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. :) Have a blessed day, Lori.

    1. Thank you Cheryl. I didn't want to put the twine on the candle permanently, and pins is what I had on hand ;-)

  6. Oh my goodness, this is such a sweet idea to spruce up our homes for the seasons. I also love the Longaberger basket with the Longaberger mug and the festive candle all displayed together. VERY NICE! Thank you for sharing. Hugs ♥ Teri

    1. Teri,
      I have so many Longaberger baskets and dishes because I used to sell them ;-) Sadly, a lot of the baskets are in my basement, not being used.

    2. I too, have many Longaberger baskets. Mine are mostly the smaller ones as our home is small and there is not a lot of room to display them. My hubby bought me one of the wrought iron trees to hang them on and I have that in a corner of my kitchen. It is a nice way to have them out. I have baskets in every room. I do put them to good use though. I too have some of my seasonal baskets stored and put them out for special times. I have a few pottery pieces and love using them. Have you visited the Longaberger Company in Ohio? We took a vacation there after my hubby retired and oh my, it was so much fun and he even enjoyed it. Evening Blessings ♥ Teri

  7. I have a few of those candles in my cupboard. They were always too plain for my liking. You made them look so pretty I am going to dress mine up. Thanks!

    1. Using what I had on hand, including the candles, this project cost me nothing ;-)

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