Trash to Treasure–Creative Candle Displays

Good morning. I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day holiday weekend. Labor Day weekend is one of my favorites, mostly because it signals the beginning of fall, MY FAVORITE SEASON, and college football, MY FAVORITE SPECTATOR SPORT.

Don’t worry, I’m not planning to convert this blog to an ESPN affiliate, I have nothing to add to the analysis, I just like to watch.

While I’m decorating the house. I’m a girl, after all.

One of my favorite parts of fall is the cooler, crisper weather, and the coziness that seeps into my decorating choices. I love to use richer colors, more pillows and cozy throws, more texture, and CANDLES.

Picture found at Condo Blues.

Today I have a few pictures of candle display ideas using items you may already have. See that chandelier up there? It was made with the metal bands from an old barrel, and baby food jars. Isn’t that cool? If only I had a covered porch, that would be fabulous outside.

This photo from Pottery Barn illustrates that you can use almost anything to display your candles and add the flicker of candlelight to your table. Bottles, jars, and pillars, oh my.

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Got seldom used wine glasses, or champagne flutes? “Nuff” said.

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Speaking of using ANYTHING to display your candles… a muffin tin? These are plentiful at the thrift stores. You could paint one, or leave it the silvery gray color. This one is perfect for Christmas, but what about shells, or seeds, or fruit with the candles?

Thanks for visiting Trash to Treasure Tuesday! If you’ve got more ideas for displaying candles, leave them in the comments or link up a post!

Now link up those Trash to Treasure projects, whether they involve candles or not! Can’t wait to see them! (as always, please be sure to link back to REINVENTED in your posts!)

DIY Patio Lights

Hi friends!

How was your weekend?  The engineer and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary this weekend, and it was awesome.  Last night we went out for dinner at one of our favorite downtown Columbus spots and today he and the boys (our girls left for a church mission trip today) made dinner.

I also got a present.  Eeek!

Brad nailers are the traditional gift for 24 years, aren’t they?

Well..if they’re not, they should be.

We’ve celebrated a few milestones this summer.  Besides our anniversary, there was child #2’s high school graduation, and child #3’s sweet sixteenth birthday.

Oh how I love them.

So anyway, we hosted a small but loud gathering of teenagers to celebrate #3’s birthday a few weeks ago, complete with a volleyball net, a trampoline and LOTS of swedish fish.

The party was in our backyard, which is small.  and dark.  at night, I mean.  Cuz we have no lights.

Or had no lights…

The engineer and the genius (child #4’s preferred nickname) devised a plan for some DIY patio lights to light up the night.

They bought 4 galvanized metal trash cans, 4 ten foot galvanized pipes, and 8 bags of Quickcrete from Home Depot.

The pipes were “cemented” in to the center of each trash can with the Quickcrete, using 2 bags for each can.

Once the concrete hardened, we hung Christmas lights from each pole with a small clamp and plugged them in.


The lights were strung from corner to corner.

So. many. teenagers.

We’ve enjoyed these twinkly lights so much, they’re still up!

Have a great week!

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