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Recycled Craft: Candleholder Made From a Trophy

18 March 2014 3,212 views 6 Comments

by morena

pink trophy candle holder

One of the many things I love about writing for Dollar Store Crafts is that DSC crafters are so open minded to different crafting ideas.  Occasionally, I've made something quite out of the norm (like this mirror) and been delighted to find that you all really liked the idea.  Two weeks ago I made a bottle topper out of a trophy, and I looked at the trophy pieces strewn on my desk and wondered what I could do with them.  I grabbed a few items and started playing.  This is what I came up with:  a one of a kind candle holder.

blue trophy candleholder

The first version of this was spray painted a neon yellow.  That was a disaster.  I didn't prime anything, so the paint dripped and didn't adhere evenly.  The color was a terrible choice.  Major craft fail!!  So I started over and made some adjustments, and I love the end result.  It's unexpected but prettily shabby chic, I think.

The trophies can be found at garage sales and thrift stores (if you don't already have a few collecting dust!), and the rest of the items were all found at Dollar Tree.


Project estimate:

  • Trophy, on hand or $1 and up
  • Silver platter, $1
  • Resin bird, $1
  • Bird cage, $1
  • Silk Flowers, on hand or $1 and up
  • Battery operated candles, on hand or $1
  • E-6000, on hand
  • Paint, on hand

Total: $3 and up

Step one:  Disassemble the trophy and reassemble it as desired.  Use E-6000 to glue the parts together.  You can see how I assembled my two candle holders below.

assemblestep 1

Step two:  Paint the entire project one color.  I used a large brush and chalky finish paint.

Step three:  Once it is dry, add birds, flowers, and candles.  Since these could tip over easily, I suggest  using battery operated candles, which are available at Dollar Tree.

I'm planning to add small pastel, plastic Easter eggs to my pink platter as a fun centerpiece.  The blue candle holder is on my  mantle, next to my decorated bottle.  I like to decorate with unusual, unexpected items.  Do you?

Trophy candle holder

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  • Amanda said:

    I love the blue birdcage candle holder. What a great idea!

  • Jennifer said:

    I love the shabby chic birdcage candle holder. However, I cannot find the birdcage at any dollar store. Did you purchase yours recently?

  • Dollar Store Crafts » Blog Archive » 6 DIYs to Try This Weekend said:

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  • morena (author) said:

    Jennifer, I actually found that in the dollar spot at Michael’s. They go quickly, though!

  • Serena said:

    Now those candleholders are fancier than anything you will find in any store!

  • Anna Ibarra said:

    I Love the reuse and upcyle of ideas for those throw aways. Never thought of reusing of an old trophy. :-) Great ideas.