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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Transformation Thursday~Parisian Utility Candle

I am joining Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage on the Transformation Train this week. I don't usually get too crafty (not much time these days) but I saw these really neat candles while visiting in Maryland one weekend. We were in St. Michaels, which is ssuuuch a cute town, with lots of really unique shops. I fell in love with what one shop called "Parisian Utility Candles" but not the price: $28.00 each if I remember correctly. I immediately knew these would not be hard to duplicate. I hope you give it a try~ you can really get giggy with how to decorate them ~ its up to you, but here's my take.

1~Hit your local Dollar Tree and pick up a tall glass devotion candle ~ they are fragrance free.

2~Next, the craft or fabric store, and get 1/4 yard of burlap and some basic twine (if you can't find twine at the craft shop, try the hardware store)

3~Finally, dig through your kitchen junk drawer (everyone has one, right) and find some embellishments such as keys old charms etc.

Its really simple layering here: Cut a small scrap of burlap to fit around your devotion candle and hot glue it all the way around, paying special attention to the seams , as burlap tends to fray.

I embellished with a simple skeleton key tied around the top with the twine. Also I used basic craft paint (in black) and my "Fleur de lis" stamp to give it some extra joie de vivre. I made a bunch more with stamped numbers 1-9. Which all in a row ~ look pretty cool. Sorry - no photos of those.

Okay~ Easy peasy lemon squeazy..... your done!


  1. HI! I'm glad you liked the bench and I hope Spring rolls in soon for all back east. That snow is something ealse.. Have a great day. Julian

  2. The Key, the Trident, the Corks and the Burlap... GREAT idea; a nice ensemble of materials and symbols~

  3. wowwwwwwwwwwww!! this is an amazing idea!!! love it!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. I love your candle that you have created! The dey is just the right touch. And that awesome little cabinet in the background. Did you do that as well? I could never write as beautifully as that. I have been told that I have 'garbage pail script'.lol
    Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

  5. We love working with those candles! Your turned out very chic! Thank you so much for your lovely visit, we hope you'll keep coming back.

  6. This is sooo cute. I love it with the burlap! Happy Valentine's Day!

  7. Thanks for all the nice comments on my blog. I love those little Whitman's samples, too.I've added you to my roll of blogs on the right side. You thought to give the directions to make these candles. What a good blogger! Happy Valentine's Day!


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