Going Rustic with Wooden Candle Sticks

Jamie is the owner of a large collection of stained wooden candlesticks. She says, “They all have a nice shape, but I’m not too much of a fan of the finish and some of them aren’t in great condition.” Jamie, who blogs at Anderson + Grant, hit on a solution for turning these (almost) beauties into gorgeous rustic pillar candle holders!


Jamie sanded off the dark stain, “leaving a beautiful rustic wood” underneath. Rather than painting them, she left them as is. Then she glued “the open ends of two candlesticks together to form a flat topped pillar candle holder.” You could even glue three candlesticks together for a really tall holder! After the sanding was done, the rest of the project took minutes. Jamie of course is thrilled with the results!

rustic-wood-pillar-candlesticks To read more about this project, check out Anderson + Grant.

Christmas Tree Topper from Sticks

Kim from Too Much Time On My Hands has a unique tree topper that she crafted from sticks that she and her kids collected one day on a hike.  That’s right–sticks! Totally free for the taking and no need to run to the crafts store for those babies!

With the addition of some twine and chicken wire, Kim crafted a rustic star that is just perfect for the top of her tree.  I like that Kim didn’t just stop when she’d formed the sticks and twine into a star.  The addition of the chicken wire adds some visual interest and gives the star a little more oomph.  Great idea, Kim!

You can learn how to make this topper and find out more about the tree it went onto at Too Much Time on My Hands.