Window Candlestick Makeover and a DIY 3-Candle Candelier

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Friends, I think every year at Christmas time, I obsess over 1 decor item.  Last year it was the paper bag snowflakes/stars, that I placed anywhere and everywhere I could. This year it’s flameless candles.

It all started when I ordered these realistic-looking flameless candles for my candle sconces. Now armed with three different styles of flameless candles, I had to decide which ones I liked best in my windows, and I was really surprised that my first pick was not the new (very realistic) flameless candles that I discovered this year . . .

window candles

rather the candles above that I owned for the past three years. For some reason they just have a better glow for that purpose.

Anyway, window candles are usually the first Christmas decor items that go up, so I put them in the windows with the suction cups that came with them (however, if my window sills were larger, I’d use my real brass candlesticks).  But after looking at them for a few days just floating in the windows, I decided to dig out the box of the plasticky holders that came with the candles and decided to give them a makeover. 

I decided that I wanted my candleholder to look old and a little patinaed.  I grabbed a pizza box, some flat black spray paint, some metallic gold craft paint, and a cheap paint brush.

window candles

I gave the plastic candlesticks two coats of black spray paint, using quick bursts and let them dry.

Next I lightly ran my paint dipped brush around the edges of the candles holders and in areas where they would be handled and left it darker in areas where patina would normally develop. I wasn’t too worried about making them look perfect, my main goal was that they not look so plastic.

Once I was done, I decided to jazz them up with a tiny swag of juniper, with a small bow in the middle.

Then I placed them in my windows. I was annoyed because it dawned on me that the single candles in our larger front windows, looked disproportionate compared to the other single windows. And the thought of placing 3 candles in those larger windows crossed my mind.

I thought about the old vintage candeliers (like above) and realized I could totally DIY something like this with a strip of wood, my flameless candles and some hot glue.

So that’s what I did! I used some scrap wood (I even used a cut piece of paint stick for one).

Gave it a coat of spray paint, and then glued the plastic candlesticks spread out evenly in the wood. I stacked two candle holders in the center to create a staggered look.

DIY window Candelier

I’m so happy with how these turned out.

flameless candles


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  1. Corrie
    December 10, 2022 / 3:03 pm

    What a gorgeous transformation!

    Merry Almost Christmas to you and your family.

    • madebycarli
      December 11, 2022 / 6:32 pm

      Aww thank you Corrie! Same to you and yours!🥰

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