Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Deck the Halls Mantel: DIY Spindle Candle Holders

repurposed spindles, simple Christmas mantel decor

How I repurposed old spindles into candle holders and went beserks on the mantel for Christmas 2015.  My buildy friend Jen at The House of Wood is hosting Deck the Halls DIY Style and today is my day to share.  

Jen hosted a similar series last December when we shared our DIY tables, there are some beautiful ideas there, but this year the focus is mantels or vignettes and I choose to repurpose some twisty old spindles into candle holders and flood my mantel with candles.

old railing spindles before

I've had these spindles for at least 5 years with no project in mind.  The twisted shape attracted me long ago and I've just held on to them, in all there were about 30 spindles.  Reluctantly I cut them into shorter pieces trusting my project would work out.

repurposed railing spindles Christmas mantel

And now they fill our Living Room mantel with a sea of glossy, red, twisted wood spindly goodness!

repurposed railing spindles Christmas mantel

Down below I'll show you how I repurposed the spindles and made them into candle holders.

how to repurpose old spindles

Step 1: Predrill the bottom for your screw.
Step 2: Predrill the top for the candle.
Step 3: Attach spindles to plywood base using 2" countersunk screws.  I used a bucket to support the plywood while attaching the spindles upside-down.
Step 4: Spray paint Rustoleum apple red gloss.

Once completely dry we can dress the mantel.

repurpose railing spindles Christmas mantel

You can see how the spindles are securely attached to the plywood base.

repurpose railing spindles Christmas mantel

Faux garland is super cheap and reusable but it also looks cheap and fake so only use it as the base layer.

repurposed railing spindles Christmas decor

Fill in with real greenery.  The candles are actually Chanukah candles (44 in a box for $1.29!) and they are the perfect size.  Clearly I don't recommend actually lighting all those candles at once!

 Lastly add in battery powered LED lights for a little extra twinkle!  The BELIEVE sign is a diy project from about 4 years ago (more details here).

repurposed railing spindles Christmas decor

Mantle complete.  Be sure to visit all the other Deck The Halls participants to see what magic they have in their homes:

repurposed railing spindles Christmas mantel


Amy said...

That is stunning Jaime! Love all of those red spindles, it looks amazing.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i LOVE this jaime! what an impact it makes all together!

Cristina Garay said...

Love it, Jaime! It can also be used as a table centerpiece.

Mindi Carwin said...

Wow this is so pretty! I love it! Very cleaver to screw them all to one board. :)

Mindy said...

I absolutely LOVE this. Beyond beautiful.

Gail Wilson said...

I'm so envious of all of those wonderful spindles! they are so perfect for this project, and I too love how you attached them to one board.



Leslie Davis said...

I meant to comment earlier, but with the hustle and bustle of Christmas I forgot. This is simply gorgeous! Love it to death!