I am all about thinking up easy projects this summer. How about you? It’s steamy hot here in North Carolina, and some days no one even wants to venture outside. The huge afternoon downpours add insult to it all. Our girls are grown now, so we don’t have little ones to entertain during the summer, but so many of our friends can always use a fun, easy project for their kiddos or grandchildren during the hottest part of the day.
Here’s the perfect solution:
While outside watering the back yard the other day I discovered some of my hubby’s leftovers in the woodpile. He is a contractor, so I never know what may be there – he thinks it’s trash for a fire pit and marshmallow evening, but I think it’s treasure. We make a good team.
What did I scoop up? One of these large posts from a completed deck job. Perfect for the chunky candle holders I’ve been anxious to create to use for everything from outdoor barbeques to holiday get-togethers!
- Royal Design Studio’s small-scale stencils. I chose All The Angles Moroccan Stencil and the Moroccan Inlay stencil
- Royal Design Studio stencil crèmes in Copper Kettle, Antique Gold & Antique Silver, plus three stencil brushes
- Pure White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
- Scraps of chunky wood. If you can’t cut them, ask a friend or someone in the woodcutting department at Lowe’s or Home Depot
- Shellac, 220-grit sandpaper, tin foil or something to use for a palette, paper towels like Bounty, scissors, pretty twine, tiny nails with a head, hammer, foam throwaway brush
Cut the wood into blocks. We cut one large block into two sets of 6”, 8” and 10” lengths that worked well with the large round candles I chose.
Sand the edges and using the foam brush, paint on one coat of shellac and let dry. Do this step with good ventilation. The shellac seals the knots and keeps anything inside the wood from leaking through the paint.
Paint one coat of Pure White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan on all sides and let dry. (In this photo you can see how nicely the Pure White covers the shellac in just one coat.)
On one opposing side of each candlestick, stencil one of the two patterns. Then, using the second pattern, stencil the other two opposing sides. For fun and versatility, I used one unique color of stencil crème per candlestick set: on the 6” Copper Kettle, on the 8” Antique Gold and on the 10” Antique Silver.
After stenciling, paint the tops of the candlesticks with the same color so the white candles will show up more. Let dry. Sand lightly to distress.
On one of each of the candlestick sizes, tape a nail in the position shown in the photo here. Hammer the nail into the wood in order to make a deep indention. Then hammer a nail hole into each candle at about the same depth.
Wrap two matching size candlesticks with twine – twice around – and tie in a knot or a bow. Tie the ends of the twine in a knot to keep from raveling. Repeat for the other two “sets.” Wipe off the candles if they got dusty on your worktable. Place each candle on the nail to keep it from falling off if bumped.
Now you have three sets of candlesticks to use individually or in a grouping for a centerpiece. OR you have three gifts for special occasions!
Just the thing for wedding showers, hostess gifts and yes, yourself! I love these hot color flowers paired with my treasures from our last Royal Design Studio Marrakech trip.
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