Cheery Mod Podge candlestick holders

Cheery Mod Podge candlestick holdersI am so thrilled to have Cristin from Eve of Reduction as a guest today. Her blog is so inspirational – she’s all about reducing consumption, waste, disorder and added maintenance. I’m talking amazing upcycled crafts and recycled tutorials. She also has a great book called Living Simple, Free & Happy in 2013, and I can’t wait. Her enthusiasm for simplifying life is contagious, and she’s here today to share a project that I love. She turned an old crib into candlestick holders with paint and Mod Podge, and they are so bright and cheery. Here’s how she made them.


  • Crib spindles
  • Scrap piece of wood large enough to make 2 squares for the base
  • Jigsaw
  • 2 screws
  • Drill
  • Mod Podge Hard Coat
  • Small paint brush or foam brush
  • Foam craft paper or felt
  • Candlesticks or votives
  • (optional) Paint, paint brushes, mixing tray

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. The only trouble was the spindle alone couldn’t hold up the candle securely. I needed to attach a base. So I took the side of a deceptively cheap drawer. But I couldn’t stop there at boring, fake wood. Mod Podge makes every project that much more vibrant. Who’s with me?

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!

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!

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