Monday, June 14, 2010

DIY: Awesome Candle Crate!

I used to hate going into any "dollar store" - I thought all they had was a bunch of junk. But I started going in the store with a different frame of mind - a "creative" mind, if you will. I look at things in a different way now. I look beyond the item's current appearance and imagine what it could look like if I use my creative chops! I also found out that you can get lots of good deals if you look around. Who knew you could get mylar helium balloons for $1? Now I get excited to go in the dollar store - never know what I might find!  Now, back to the topic at hand...




Here is one of my dollar store DIY projects. I am in love with this candle "crate" and want to make several more. It was easy, fun, and best of all, CHEAP!



I bought 3 of these wooden box frames ($1 each) and 6 candles (3 for $1). These frames are meant to hang on the wall and hold miniatures. I found them in the crafts section of the Dollar Tree.






Spray paint 2 of the frames silver and 1 of them white. Remove the hooks off the backs.




Glue them together with the white frame in the middle. I used super glue because I had that on hand, but any strong glue or wood glue would work. If you use super glue, you have to get them in position fast because you won't be able to move them after about 2 seconds! Lay something heavy on top like bricks and let dry. 



When it is dry, spay with a coat of clear enamel, if desired.



Places candles into top frame!











Use your new candle crate for the 4th of July and when the holiday is over, you can replace these candles with any color you'd like. I think this will look great at Christmas time. I love my new candle crate and no one will know it all started at the dollar store. 
Well....except you guys :)




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45 comments:

Life in Rehab said...

Cute, cute, cute! I hopped over from Making the World Cuter, and you've done your share!

Carol said...

Thank you so much!

Diane said...

Now that is just the cutest and cheap... who would know.

I came here via Santa's Gift Shop link party. Hope you can visit me sometimes over at Pittypat Paperie.

somedaycrafts said...

Super cute and patriotic!!! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Chickenista said...

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Jamie~ said...

Oooooo, I want to head over to the dollar store right now!! Thank you for the inspiration. I came over from somedaycrafts.blogspot.com and I'm so glad I did!

cigarboxbeads said...

thanks!
i've recently become a big fan of the dollar store!
just got lots of chipboard boxes, all sizes- and small wooden boxes with clasps---actually, pretty much bought them out of these! ;>)

thanks again-
marilyn g

Carol said...
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Carol said...

Thank you everybody! I really appreciate the comments!

anne @ Floralshowers said...

That is so cute!

Carol said...

Thank you Anne!

JHill said...

Love it! Might have to make this one.

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Carol said...

Thanks, JHill!

Kimberly said...

This is great! I too used to avoid the dollar stores but since changing my mindset when going in, you'd be surprised what you'd find. And your project is proof of that! :)

Laura said...

This turned out great! I love that you used three boxes and with different colors.

I am hosting a giveaway and would love it if you checked it out!

Laura @ along for the ride

Brooke said...

Very cute, simple idea! Perfect decoration for a 4th of July night!

Cassie said...

Fantastic!!!!
This is an amazing transformation!!!
I love it!!
=)

Life in Rehab said...

I should have known I see you over at CSI with this one!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Popping in from "CSI" and love this! What a creative idea and I am going to have to look more carefully in my $1 store for these.

Alyssa said...

That's really cute & creative!


Alysa
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Jackie said...

Oh I love how those came together! Great Job :)

Alisa @ The Tidy Nest said...

Great idea! I love the "stacked" look!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Ok now that is brilliant. I love how you stacked them. Change the colors of candle for a new season. Did you find those at the Dollar tree? I am so going there!

Carol said...

Infarrantly - yes - got everything at The Dollar Tree! Thanks so much for the comment.

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

I love this!

I want to feature it on my blog 6/30 if you don't mind! Fabulous idea!!

www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Carol said...

simplydesigning - that would be great. Thanks a bunch!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

That is what I love about blogging!! Seeing everyone's creativity. I saw the wooden box frames & thought what could I do with that. Nothing came to me. So I didn't get one. I may now have to go back. I hope they still have them.

Carol said...

Kim - I agree. I love getting inspiration from all the blogs!!! Now, go get some of those frames before they are gone!

Suzanne said...

Now that is cute! I the stripe effect you got by putting the white one in the middle.

I was just in our Dollar Tree, and I have to say, I don't think they're all created equally. They didn't have any of those.

Carol said...

Hi Suzanne. Sorry they didn't have the frames. Maybe you could ask next time you are in there. They usually have a ton of stuff in the back that they are continually putting out. At my Dollar Tree, these were on a bottom shelf. Not by the picture frames - over where they carry a few "crafty" items. It's kind of strange where they have things located. That's why I just walk done every aisle and look carefully as to not miss anything!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

What a great project. I never would've thought of it.

I'm hosting Fab Finds for the Fourth this Thursday for crafts, decor, recipes or anything else for July 4. Hope you'll stop by!

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

This is sooooo cute! I love this idea!!!

Carol said...

Thank you!!!

Jana said...

So clever!
Jana

Jessica said...

Very cute and creative! Love it!

Johanna said...

I love the crates, great job.

Cheryl said...

Great for the patio! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday - would love if you added the party button to you blog:)

Brooke said...

It looks great. Very simple, wonderful decor. Thanks for sharing. I will be linking to your great idea.

Carol said...

Thank you Brooke!

Veronica said...

Your project has been featured at Veronica’s Korner. Please come by and pick up your Featured Button.

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laurmela said...

Well I tried, but my dollar store didn't have the boxes or the blue candles. Strike one for today.

Carol said...

I'm sorry your store didn't have these :(

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

I hope you'll stop by for my bbq on an Anthropologie inspired white tablecloth. :)

linda @ CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

Carol,
Love your candle holder! Thanks for joining the Patriotic Parade!
have a safe and happy 4th!
Linda

linda @ CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

just wanted to stop by and let you know i featured this today! :)

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