Why not make your own DIY spindle candlestick out of scraps and bits and pieces?
Candlesticks can be very expensive, and maybe you don't like the colors, shapes and sizes of those you see at the store.
WHAT CAN YOU MAKE A SPINDLE CANDLESTICK FROM?
- Chair legs
- Chair supports
- Bed Legs
- Porch Spindles
- Curtain Rods
How to cut a spindle on a miter saw
This is a bedpost from a full sized bed that was found on the curb. It wasn’t really bench worthy, so I parted it out. I cut off the posts and legs, and threw the headboard away. Have you seen my headboard benches?
This is another bed post, I'm not sure where the rest of this bed ended up. 🙂
Stacking bits and pieces to make a Spindle Candlestick
While in the garage, I also cut some 1x’s and some 1x4’s into squares for bases. All of these bases were made from scraps.
Then I sort of just started playing around with the configurations. A lot like I do when I make glass totems.
Cut Varying Sizes of Bases for Spindle Candlestick
This is a 1x5, and the bottom part of a bed post/leg.
Don't forget the finials!
Here I added the top of another bed post to make the spindle candlestick.
I sanded the rough edges, and cleaned up all the saw dust.
This is the bottom part of the bed post pictured above.
Here, a 1x5, 1x4, part of a staircase spindle, and the top (finial) of an old chair make up a great diy spindle candlestick.
Chair Parts as Spindle Candlestick
Oh, this little cutie is a 1x5, 4x4 and a chair leg!
Finally, we have the other part of the stair case spindle, with another chair finial on top.
Glue Bits & Pieces Together
I used gorilla glue to hold all the pieces together. So, I could not decide what color I wanted, so I chose 3 different colors.
Here I have one of those cute little glass ashtray pieces I picked up at the peddler’s mall. Isn't this a pretty spindle candlestick? DIY is sooo much fun!
The paint is the same turquoise I used on a window cabinet I made. I watered it down so it was more like a glaze. I used Kilz on all of these before I painted their new colors on them.
Paint and Glaze DIY Candlesticks
The white one is painted with Glidden “Crisp Linen” having a wash/glaze of raw umber over it. A glaze of raw umber was used on the brown diy candlesticks.
I put them in my gynormous firebox and lit the candles. Have you ever seen my ugly fireplace makeover?
I'd love for you to share this on Pinterest!
If you prefer shopping thrift stores, you can find great wooden candlesticks to makeover. I love making candlesticks and more out of bits and pieces from my scrap pile. Be sure to check out the links I've included below.
more spindles, bits and pieces projects
see more diy candlestick ideas here
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
love these still!
Thank you soooo much! They are still in my fireplace. 🙂
These are adorable Gail! 🙂
Thank you Christina! I love doing these easy projects. 🙂
I like them in the firebox if you don't use it. I would put more in (maybe double) and I would do mostly brown 🙂
Love these! Very cute!
Really cute ideas. I am filing this under my mental "To DO" list. I have a bunch of old spindles and table legs in the garage!
Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust
Wow! I'm impressed by this creative idea. Great job!
Thank you for sharing!!!!!!! Can't believe it can be done in that way.
Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures
I love the colors. Looks great.
What a great project. I am thinking that I may have to steal your idea for a space that I need to add some height to in our house. (Now I just need your magical garage to find the parts!)
Wow! Very nice. And I love all those colors together.
This is awesome! I will never look at headboards the same again!
I love the color!!! Great job! 🙂
I love this! I have been collecting candlesticks for months now to achieve a similar look. I'm planning to use white and an aqua color (and maybe brown) to paint them. Now I know that the vision in my head will work since I've seen your idea. 🙂
Saw you at the JAG party and love these! Great job!
That is so creative to cut bedposts! Love it!
OH my goodness. I have been looking for a cheap way to get tall candle sticks. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this idea!
Awesome! I love the idea of using them in the fireplace - gives a nice cozy feeling.
Keep posting stuff like this i really like it
What an awesome post-and I love it so much...that I'm looking for bedposts and spindles tomorrow!!
Six in One Hand
What amazing candlesticks!!!!!
I love what you did by mixing and matching and I am in L-O-V-E with the turquoise color.
Way to go!!!!
Titti @ Shoestring Pavilion
They're all great but the turquoise ones are gorgeous, absolutely wonderful!
You are so crafty. These are really original and awesome. I think I need to get my husband's table saw out!! I especially love the turquoise. They'd go great with my pillows.
Crafty Mama @ Not Too Shabby
I love them! I have been making some too. I love the colors.
Great idea! I love the teal color!
It looks like fun putting all of those "puzzle" pieces together. You really thought outside of the box. 🙂
Those are really cool!
these are absolutely gorgeous! I love them ALL, but especially the turquoise ones. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com . Grab my "featured" button.
Funky Junk Interiors
Awesome idea for candlesticks! Lookit you go with that power tool!!!
Thanks for linking it up to SNS!
Thanks for this great idea! They look so good!
First let me say what a great job you did on the candlesticks - they are indeed awesome pieces for height, and I love your method of mixing and matching pieces til you got what you liked. When you showed the pic of the three of them in turquoise, my heart went pitter patter -how adorable!
But oddly enough, I don't like them as much when you put them in the group with the white and brown ones... it makes them look out of place - the others are so classy looking to their whimsical.
Eh, who am I kidding. By the time I finished this comment, going back and forth looking at them, I do like them together... They just don't have the POW for me that they did alone, with the contrast to that crisp white of the mantle. (So sorry for such a long comment, but I really liked them and wanted to share my crazy thoughts!)
Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking
Oh the possibilities!
Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous. I really love the white and brown. How creative to put umber over the white paint. You are really talented.
Very very very CUTE!! I love them!! Great color choices too.
Great idea! I never thought to use bedpost legs to make candlesticks!
I really like the cream ones with the brown glaze.
Lissa @ MyThriftyTreasures
These are fab! And the turquoise color is sending me over the top, it is great! So cute, way to pull things together.
Marla at Always Nesting
Love those "candlesticks."
Marla at Always Nesting
Love those "candlesticks."
Gail, These came out great! Love that they are all so different. I've never tried this one, thinking the posts all had to be the same circumference where joined but I see that yours aren't and they look just wonderful, esp all painted up! Maybe that huge firebox needs just a few more candles to make it really pop when they're lit? Just a thought...
I'm so going to try making these now!
Laurie at The Turner Farm
OH MY! LOVE these! Great colors.