My house is not a "sparkly" house. Most things are cozy and frankly a little worn down. However I like my dining room to have a little shine and pizzazz. I'm always looking for new candle holders to add to my tablescape, unfortunately that can add up quick. I've been fooling around with some DIY wedding decor and stumbled across ways to combine glass vases and candlesticks from the Dollar Tree. This super easy DIY yields awesome results and the combinations are endless.
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For this particular project you will need:
Dollar Tree Glass Candlestick (here's an Amazon option if you don't have a Dollar Tree)
Dollar Tree Vase/Globe/Fishbowl
Crushed Glass Vase Filler (I got mine on sale at Michaels so check for a coupon before buying )
Glitter (you want larger or course glitter for this)
Glitter or metallic paint (I used Martha Stewart's Course Gold Glitter Paint)
Hot Glue (optional)
This may seem like a lot of materials, but you can use all of these things on multiple projects. The break down with all materials (if you get your candlesticks and vase at Dollar Tree) is around $5 per candle holder...not too bad!
Step One: Remove stickers (okay I'm not making that a step, but I always forget, so do it before you start). Okay, step one: paint the vase/globe with the glitter or metallic paint. Don't worry about it looking perfect, you're going to be covering it anyways. I would suggest only one coat, you don't want it too opaque as you're going to want light to make its way through. Let it dry.
Step Two: Pour your crushed glass into a bowl of some kind. Working in sections, cover part of the vase in modge podge and then holding the vase over the bowl, pour the crushed glass over it. You may also need to "pack" crushed glass into a few areas of the vase that it doesn't stick too. Work methodically and double check that all the gaps have been filled in.
Step Three: After it's covered in glass and before the modge podge dries, sprinkle glitter evenly over the vase. It will settle into the cracks in between the glass and really make it pop. No matter how good you think it looks with just the glass, you absolutely need the glitter. Now you can let it dry overnight but preferably 24 hours.
Step Four: It's time to assemble! Flip your vase upside down. Using E6000, coat the rim of the candlestick (you will want to be in a well ventilated place). Next, do a coat of hot glue around the rim right over the E6000. Place your candlestick onto the vase in the position that you want it and press firmly. Let cure/dry for 24 hours. You may want to put a book on top of the candlestick while it cures for added pressure.
Ta-Da! That's it. You have a candle holder that would rival any you find in a home decor store. There's cost $30, yours costs $5. You can use any color combos you like for whatever season. You can also play around with the shapes and heights of vases that you use.
Let me know if you try it and what color combinations you use!