DIY Christmas Candle Ring

I finally got all my Christmas decorations put up this week.  But when I looked at the mantle in our living room I was kinda underwhelmed. 

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So what did I do?  I went to Pinterest, of course, for some inspiration!

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Then I remembered that I had pinned this candle from Frontgate.

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I LOVE this candle.  But when I followed the link to Frontgate I found that this little gem was  – get this – $249!  {classic Kelly – champagne taste} Needless to say, I wasn’t going to be buying any fancy candles from Frontgate.  Because why…

Say it with me! – I can make that!  Smile

First thing I did was make a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for a couple of candle rings.  Lucky for me all the Christmas decorations were 50% off. 

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So here’s the candle stick that I’m going to spruce up a bit.  I’ve had these for several years and I think I got them at Garden Ridge maybe. 

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So insto-presto add the candle ring to the candle and voila!

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It’s definitely an improvement and I like it, but I was just kinda “meh” about it.  I was thinking about making another trip to Hobby Lobby, but then I remembered an old garland that I had in the basement  – half the lights didn’t work and it was about to fall apart.

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What can I say…I am my mother’s daughter.  She never throws out old curtains and I never throw out old Christmas decorations. Smile

Anyway, I went through the garland and starting unwinding some of the little Christmas picks that I had wound on originally. 

Twelve. Years. Later.

Lo and behold I was able to scavenge two matching piles of doo-dads for my candle rings.

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{I blame Pinterest!  This what I spent a ridiculous amount of time doing when I should have been mopping the floor.}

So next I sorta flattened the candle ring to make room for the “embellishments” and also added a ribbon to the actual candle.

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Then I took all my reclaimed Christmas picks and tucked them into the new candle ring until it was appropriately full and over the top. Here’s the before and after.

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Now that’s more like it.  Smile

You know, I’ve tried to adopt a “less is more” attitude when I comes to Christmas decorations, but eventually my “go big or go home” attitude wins out.

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Looks like the Christmas craft junkie struck again!

Cheers!  Kelly

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About Minding My Nest

wife, mom, not-so-empty nester.
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