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Mod Podge Candlestick Holders Made from Repurposed Crib Spindles

Over the summer I garbage picked a beautiful, spindled crib and wondered, what am I going to do with all these spindles? I even started a Pinteret board entitled What to do with Furniture Rungs.
 I have since made several things. So many things that I’ve repurposed the entire crib. I will release all my tutorials throughout the next 6 months.

My first furniture spindle project, repurposed candlestick holders,  came to me as I was making another upcycle project. When I jigsawed apart the ends of the crib, I found that the thick spindles on the end were inserted into dowels and when I pulled them out of the dowels they had a cavity perfect for a tapered candle.

Circle indicate where the candlestick spindles came from on the crib.

 The only trouble was the spindle alone couldn’t hold up the candle securely. I need to attach a base. So I took the side of a deceptively cheap drawer.

Here is my starting point: crib spindles and scrap particle board with fake wood grain.

Step 1: Measure the wood for the candlestick base. I used my t-square to draw two 4.5″ squares and cut them out with my jigsaw.

Step 2: Find the center of your base and the spindle. Drill a hole clear through the base and into the bottom of the spindle as far as needed for your screw. At this point, fully screw the base and spindle together to make sure your hole is sufficient. Then separate them again.

 Step 3: Collect your decorative supplies: Mod Podge, brush, fabric, paint, paintbrushes, mixing tray and candles that match your fabric.

 Step 4: Cut your fabric so that it is large enough to wrap to the underside of the base piece. Apply Mod Podge to the top of the candle holder base, brushing it onto the sides and back edge.

Set the base face down onto the center of the reverse side of the fabric and bring the fabric up around the edges and onto the edges of the bottom of the base. Fold the corners the way you would wrap a present, folding them in to the sides. Brush Mod Podge over the top of the fabric to seal it.

Step 5: Paint the spindles as desired.
Step 6: Twist the screw through the base and into the bottom of the spindle to attach the two pieces.

Step 7: You’ll notice that the candlestick holder doesn’t sit firm on the table because the screw head in the bottom makes it wobble. Therefore, cut four squares of felt or foam craft paper and attach to each corner.

Now, add your beautiful, Mod Podged candlestick holders in with your fun decor! I think Mod Podge makes every project that much more vibrant. Who’s with me?

BTW, that is not my phone number, but it is my phone ; )

 I realize everyone may not be hacking up a crib, but spindles can be repurposed from other sources like porches and staircases. If there isn’t a dowel hole, you can make one with a drill or simply set a votive on top instead of candlesticks.
This makes for fun DIY decorating or a great handmade gift idea!
Enjoy!



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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to Mod Podge Candlestick Holders Made from Repurposed Crib Spindles

  1. Mindi@MyLove2Create September 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Very cute! I have used a crib like this for a few upcycling/repurposing projects too! I love your candle holders, fun!

  2. Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel September 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    This is a wonderful idea! I actually have some crib parts right now sitting in my green house waiting for me to do something with them. I have a few ideas, and I’ll add this great one to my list.

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