HOW TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL DIY WOODEN CANDLE HOLDERS FROM OLD SALVAGED CHAIR LEGS. THE BEST PART – YOU CAN DECORATE THESE FOR ANY SEASON OR SPECIAL OCCASION.
I LOVE easy DIY projects that make a HUGE impact! With Valentine’s Day approaching fast, I thought it would be fun to create some romantic DIY Wooden Candle Holders out of salvaged chair legs.
Wait until you see what I used for the decorative candle rings. I’m impressed with me! 😉 This was salvaging and using what I had on hand at it’s best. I’m treating myself to some donuts for thinking up this one!
So, to make these pillar candle holders – any unwanted chair with curvy legs will work and they are easy to find. I see these old dining chairs everywhere. Yard sales, Craigslist and thrift stores sell them really cheap.
I used two styles of chairs and one of them is shown below. Unfortunately, the other chair I used was dismantled for other projects and I don’t have an image but hopefully, these give you a good idea of what to look for.
Look at these curvy legs… I wish mine were this shapely.
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Check them out all painted and pretty. Don’t they look amazing?
These are styled for Valentine’s Day but by swapping out the candle ring, they will make a BIG impression for ANY occasion. They’ll also be great for staging painting furniture so I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of them.
SOURCE LIST FOR CANDLE HOLDER::
- Curvy Chair Legs – SALVAGED
- Sponge + Water + Vinegar
- Wood 4×4 Fence Caps
- Terracotta 4″ Plant Saucer
- Contact Cement Glue
- BIN Shellac Primer
- Paint Brushes
- Fluff Chalk Mineral Paint
DIY Wooden Candle Holder::
Step #1:: Clean – Prep and Cut To Size
I gave these chair legs a good cleaning with water and vinegar. I wanted them to be all different heights so I cut some of them down and then filled any remaining holes and cut off dowels.
Step #2:: Assemble Candle Holders
Using 4×4 Wood Fence Caps (Home Depot $2.00 ea) and 4″ Terracotta Plant Saucers (Dollar Store $1 ea) I glued them together using contact cement glue.
Step #3:: Prime & Paint
Once the glue was dry, I primed them with BIN Shellac Primer and then painted them in Fluff.
SOURCE LIST FOR CANDLE RING::
- Clear Plastic Lid Top – SALVAGED
- Hot Glue Gun
- Dollar Store Florals (similar)
- Real Mini Roses/Greenery
- Pink Pillar Candles (similar)
Step #4:: Decorative Candle Ring
Instead of buying floral decorative candle rings for all five pillar candles, I used clear plastic container tops! Turned upside down – they fit the top perfectly.
Step #5:: Romantic Florals
Inspiration comes from unexpected places. I’ve been watching RuPaul on Netflix and the ‘ladies’ hot glue gun everything… so I busted out my dusty glue gun. Using dollar store florals that I already had on hand, I glued them onto the rim of the plastic container lid to create a romantic candle ring. Donut worthy, right?! 😉
Add in a few real rose buds and greenery to the mix and voila…
I’m pretty smitten with these salvaged candle holders and floral rings. And as far as DIY’s go, you can’t get much easier than this. I’d love to hear what you think of this project! And I just want to thank you guys for all your support and kindness. I know I always say this, but this wouldn’t be any fun without YOU! XO
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Absolutely love these.
How pretty these would be on a bride’s table, or for a baby shower, anniversary, Easter, etc.
Yes, your ideas are amazing… thank Colleen! 🙂
Cecilia from Georgia says
I’m so glad I saved this post! Found some ugly chairs with nice legs and scooped them up to make candle holders but I forgot how you made them 🙁 . Pinterest is the BOMB!! Love it because I would never have found the blog again but since I saved it…I was saved!. I am looking forward to seeing what you make out of the remaining part of the chair…you are so creative and I know it will be amazing! Glad your weather is warming up; we are expecting temperatures in the 70’s this week in South Georgia. I plan to take advantage and finish painting some projects for my new booth! Have a great week and stay warm!! XOXO
Pinterest IS the BEST, isn’t it! What did we do before Pinterest???? lol And I just have to say Cecilia, 70’s… really…sounds h.e.a.v.e.n.l.y! 🙂 Have fun upcycling your chair and I’d love to hear how your project turns out for you. XO
Cassie (KC) Sehestedt says
I stumbled upon your site and it was “Love at First Project”. Beautifully done, absolutely beautiful. This project surprised me, because just the other day I saw similar candle sticks in a movie, and couldn’t think of the source. Simple! Thank you for your amazing blog and I sincerely enjoy your craftsmanship, nearly as much as I appreciate that you share it in such a lovely forum.
Thank you Cassie! x
LINDA WICKER says
How clever for making candlesticks! I have a feddish for pretty candlesticks. Will definitely look for old chairs with ornate legs. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Linda, I love pretty candle holders too! I’m not sure what area you’re in but I see these types of old chairs everywhere… and it’s a fun project! 🙂
Ooh-la-la, sooooo romantico! Really pretty, and so original. Another great idea.
Romantico…that’s so cute! Thanks Tracy! 🙂
Christy James says
You are so clever! These are gorgeous! XO
Thanks Christy! Means a lot coming from you because I loooove your upcycles. 🙂
Chauncey Harn says
Thanks for sharing the posts. Keep up the good work.
Just a Q, Denise ~ are your candle holders at all top heavy, i.e. if someone bumped into the table top they’re sitting on would they tumble over? Seems like there is more weight on the top with the terra cotta plus the pillar candles…just wondering, thanks ^.^
Hi Suzy! Hmmm, now you’re making me wonder…lol. They haven’t toppled over yet. 😉 The legs and base are a pretty substantial weight so they seem perfectly fine. 🙂
I LOVE this idea! So creative and beautiful. I’m not supposed to burn candles in this rental place (because they make sooty circles on the ceiling) but they would still be beautiful decorations! Since it’s a small project it would be very manageable for me. You have such great ideas; I so enjoy seeing what you come up with and how you explain each step. Kudos, and happy donut eating. You deserve every single one!
Hi Teckla! Thanks, and I like these build your confidence projects! Just like you’re saying, if you’ve never painted a large piece, a project like this feels perfectly manageable… while eating donuts! 😉 And if you like the romance of candles but don’t want to soot on your ceilings, have you ever tried the battery operated pillar candles? I have a couple in my bathroom and love them! 🙂
I NEVER would have guessed these are made from chair legs. I never would have thought of decorating a container top either! Very creative and beautiful as always, Denise.
Thanks so much, Nicki! I don’t even know why that plastic container top popped into my head but I’m glad it did. 🙂
I love these Valentine’s candle holders as well as the color of the candles and the candle rings you made are very pretty. Thank you for sharing. Gotta get busy on these .thanks
Thanks Susan! If you give it a go I’m sure you’ll have fun! 🙂 It felt good using a hot glue gun again…lol.
Hi Denise. I love your gorgeous candle holders. I can hardly believe they are made from chair legs! So beautiful and feminine. I’ve seen similar ones featured on the show ‘Fixer Upper’ and in my local Pier One store selling for a small fortune. I NEVER would have thought to make candlesticks from old chair legs.
Thanks! 🙂 I haven’t seen them on Fixer Upper but I have seen similar styles at HomeSense and Pier One. Wayfair was actually selling a similar set for $136!… not including the floral candle rings. 🙂