Repurposed Candlesticks

by Destri on March 28, 2010

I am not sure if I am happy about this new idea or not.  I seriously can’t stop buying candlestick holders because of it.  It all started a couple months ago when I stumbled across an ad for antique candlestick holders that had been spray painted bright colors and then had a marble piece attached to the top to make a cake stand.  I tried to find them again with no luck, can’t believe I didn’t bookmark them, so if you know which ones  I am talking about let me know.  I thought it was Ballard Designs.  Anyhow, I came across these little beauties in a box of old things…

They were in the box cause they just didn’t do it for me anymore.  But…there was that idea I had seen…

A can of spray paint later I had me a little cake stand.  The fun thing about this is you can change your mind on the plate to use…

I started with this great Caribbean colored one I found at an antique store, but decided it was to hefty for the dainty base.  So then I decided on the one above.  Then I remembered I had a spare top that would go with the plate, but then the base needed a little something more, so….

I rubbed some brown glaze on it then glued on the plate and viola’!

A new cake stand!

Easter Candy Display

Then I took the tall one and glued a glass bowl to the top of it, after I painted it white.  It would look awesome on a mantle with fun stuff inside for the season, like the dark chocolate peanut M&M’s I found courtesy of Miranda.  But the final destination for this one is next to my sister’s claw foot tub with bath salts and a cute little scoop in it…sigh…if only I had a claw foot tub…

I still had the pretty Caribbean plate to deal with,  so I found this bigger bronze candlestick holder at kmart for 3 bucks and sprayed it too.

Then glued the plate onto it…actually, I didn’t glue this one.  I figured it would be fun to change the plate out for the season.  The base was wide enough to keep it sturdy.

Then I was shopping with Aubrey and found this cake stand topper at a vintage store, it fit perfect!

Easter Displays

All of this for at least a quarter of what I would have spent on one.  Now do you see my predicament?!  It’s addicting!  But I do think they will make great gifts so… I just bought two more antique candlestick holders I found in Jackson Hole at a thrift store and think I’ll paint them a bright fun color and put a white plate on them.  They would work great as a little ring stand by the sink too, or a soap dish.  Especially if you have a little base and little plate.  Oh the possibilities…


  • Candlestick holder
  • Plate, bowl, whatever you can think of
  • Clear epoxy craft glue
  • Spray paint
  • Spray primer if you have a smooth metal surface to start with

Start by sandpapering the candlestick, then clean it off.  Spray the base with the primer using multiple light coats and letting it dry in between.  Then spray paint desired color, again using multiple light coats and drying in between each.  Once dry, glue the plate on!  Couldn’t be easier!

Now if you will excuse me, I need to go scour the antique shops for some cake stand toppers…

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Magen March 29, 2010 at 3:56 am

That is such a good idea!!! If only I had more time…


Destri March 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Magen they are super fast…like it should be a crime they were so fast. The paint dries in just a few minutes!


maria March 29, 2010 at 5:08 am

Those turned out super cute. Those would look great with some “maria’s kitchen’ dishes on them. :) I guess I’ll have to keep my eyes open. Thanks for the idea.


Destri March 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I promise you will start seeing them everywhere…you’ve been warned!


Suzanne March 29, 2010 at 5:30 am

Love them they turned out great! Another project on my to do list!


Kate March 29, 2010 at 6:25 am

These are marvellous and I will bookmark the idea until after we have moved…. then watch out. May be we cuold have comptetions on who could do the most in the day!!! Oh dear.. see what you have started. BTW, very jealous of your recent trip to Jackson Hole…….x


Destri March 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Oh Kate you would love this project! Instant gratification. The trip was lovely….missed my babes though.


Sherrie March 29, 2010 at 7:46 am

I agree these are so addicting i love making cake stands like this! i use the little saucers i fall in love with for cupcakes for birthday gifts. you did a great job! they are all beautiful!!!!!


Destri March 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Oh cupcakes….I hadn’t thought of that….hmmm


kirstin March 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

how I love this! LOVE it… wouldn’t it be fun to have a whole collection of these in various styles to use for parties, showers, etc.?
we have a friday fun find party- if you’re interested we’d love it if you’d link up.


Destri March 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Kirstin I just saw your blog the other day, and the fun find party, we’ll be stopping by!
And yes, I have already decided on a house full of them.


TeddyStartedIt March 29, 2010 at 8:15 am

OMG! Where’d I put those ugly old candle holders? Must do this project right now! So cute.


Destri March 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I know right!? I seriously almost threw mine out! Send some pics!


wendy March 29, 2010 at 8:50 am

what a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!


Donna March 29, 2010 at 11:21 am

My weekend project list included candlestick holders! I whipped up a candy dish using Dollar Tree items. I blogged about it yesterday as well. Great minds think alike!
I love the blue/white cake stand you made! My next set will be using platters. Now, where to store them all? Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!


Destri March 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Yours was darling Donna, that is crazy, we even both had candy! I never thought to go to the dollar store, that is perfect.


Melissa Howard March 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I particularly like the tall bowl/candy dish combo…


Destri March 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

It’s my fave too, I kinda had a hard time letting go…


Miranda March 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Oh no Destri, my husband is never going to forgive you for the antique candle stick holders that are going to take over our house now. :) Also, I’m glad you found those M&Ms. Dang, now I want some.


Destri March 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I have my neighbor liking them now too…see what you’ve started?! Send some pics if you do it!


Miranda March 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm
Destri March 30, 2010 at 5:07 am

That is so close…like the swapped ideas! The picture I saw was with marble tops, but yes, same idea! I love the idea of using the ones with the finger hold…I have seen them and wondered if they would look okay, and the way they have done them I think they would look great. Paint it bright. Thanks Miranda!


Afton March 31, 2010 at 8:26 am

I love these! I do something similar with small glass/crystal candle holders. I use E6000 adhesive and glued a large square plate to the bottom and a smaller white plate to the top-it creates a very pretty two tiered platter/dish. Another idea is to take a bowl, turn it upside down and glue a plate to the top to create a cute inexpesive cake plate. Thanks for the ideas.


Destri March 31, 2010 at 9:26 am

Great ideas! that is the same glue I used, I should probably mention that in the post…


MarytheKay March 31, 2010 at 8:53 am

Oh my WORD. I love love this idea!!! Nothing looks prettier on a table than a cake stand (with a cake IN it, of course!!)


Celeste @ Cottage Dreamers April 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

Oh, that is such a great idea! I’m sure I have some candle sticks around that I don’t use anymore. I’ll have to try this!
☺ Celeste


Meg April 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Great ideas! They look very artsy…is that the right word?!? Anyway, I like ‘em!

I would love for you to check out my site for a spring block give away!
Have a great afternoon!


Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking May 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Love the idea of fish bowls!!!! We used fish bowls for our wedding centerpieces (almost 13 years ago) and I still have a TON in the garage… oh goodness… You’re going to get me on a kick too! Thanks for partying with us at the POPP.


Tonia May 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm

ok, It’s official I have a new obsession ……thanks! Stop by to see me sometime. I’ve joined you on twitter and facebook.


Tara July 11, 2010 at 5:01 pm

so how do you wash this if it gets dirty? I am pretty new to spray-painting things… is it safe to wash something that has been spray painted?


Carrie September 16, 2010 at 10:36 am

I found your blog while surfing for tips to make this wonderful creations. I am making some ofr a craft fair, but need tips for getting the candle sticks centered. I am doing single plate ones, double and even three tiered ones. Any easy suggestions? Measuring it pretty complicated it seems!



Janet Hill March 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm

i am just tickled pink! This is sooooo cute… I collect candle sticks and need cake plate, pie plate, jewerly holder on vanity. how about stacking one on the other and having two plates for tiers… woot woot. You just made my day.. Thanks for sharing.


Mary Hall February 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I have been gluing fish bowls on glass candle sticks putting anything you want glued in the bowl and then glue a glass plate on top !!


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