Turn Thrift Store Bowls Into Gorgeous Candleholders

Posted by Dani on September 25, 2014

Make these gorgeous candleholders out of glass dessert bowls from the thrift store!  http://lifeovereasy.com/
Love these candleholders? You can make some for yourself from a few thrift store bowls.

Make these gorgeous candle holders out of glass dessert bowls from the thrift store!  http://lifeovereasy.com/

For these ones, I used 5 bowls and 1 dish each, and I found all of them at Value Village. Basically, I turned this:

Make these gorgeous candle holders out of glass dessert bowls from the thrift store!  http://lifeovereasy.com/

Into this:

Make these gorgeous candle holders out of glass dessert bowls from the thrift store!  http://lifeovereasy.com/

And you can too! They’re quick and easy to make and I’ll show you how below.

But first I have to tell you about the best way to go thrifting:

With friends!

Grab a bunch of friends and organize a thrift store tour! That’s what my friend Virginia from Fynes Designs did. So on a recent Sunday, a group of blogging friends hit the Toronto streets for a Value Village road trip. Here we are just about to walk into our first store. You can see Melissa from The Sweet Escape, me, Kristen from Storefront Life, Virginia from Fynes Designs, and Lucy from Craftberry Bush. Note the huge smiles of anticipation:

Blogger thrift store tour viahttp://lifeovereasy.com/

Photo by Melissa of The Sweet Escape

Ford Canada was generous enough to supply us with 2 Ford Escapes that held us and our loot. And believe me, 5 bloggers can really pick up A LOT. Here’s a look at the trunk after stop number 2:

Bloggers taking a thrift store tour of local Value Village stores via http://lifeovereasy.com/

There are a lot of future amazing projects in that trunk!

Now I have to take a second here to talk about the Escape. I have always driven a small car. The smaller, the better. I currently drive a Bug. And I go to great lengths to avoid driving the family van, which my husband uses. It feels huge. So during our thrifting road trip, I headed straight for the passenger door each time. Almost got away with it, too.

But I was the one who had to drive the Escape home. I was a little nervous. I am just not a big car kind of girl. And so I was actually astonished that I enjoyed driving it. Please note that I never thought I would say that about an SUV in my life.

About to hit the thrift store tour! via http://lifeovereasy.com/

Melissa is enjoying her ride!

I am really hoping my husband doesn’t read this, because I kick up such a fuss whenever I am forced to drive the van. But honestly, I actually liked driving the Escape. It was comfortable, and solid, and not overwhelmingly big. I loved the rear view camera feature that showed the path behind you and adjusted it if you turned the wheels. And it has a foot-activated hands-free liftgate. Which means you can open the trunk by kicking your foot under the bumper – perfect when you’ve got your hands full of thrift store loot! If you’re ever thinking of looking at an SUV, I really do suggest you check out the Escape.

Back to our Value Village thrift store tour. We had a blast. Thrifting with 4 friends is at least 4 times as much fun as thrifting alone!

Bloggers having fun on their thrift store tour! via http://lifeovereasy.com/

And we scored big. That’s the best part of shopping at Value Village – you never know what you’ll find. And the prices are always a steal. So you when you find an adorable stacked tea and coffee set that you don’t really need like this one, you can just splurge and buy it.

Vintage tea and coffee set from the Blogger Thrift Store Tour via http://lifeovereasy.com/

It was a great day – thanks so much Virginia for putting this together! I’m looking forward to another blogger thrift store tour. Hey Virginia – how about an Airstream across Canada??? Now, that’s a dream blogger thrift store tour!

As I promised, here is all the info you need to make your own thrift store bowl candlesticks.

For these 2 candlesticks, I used 8 matching cut glass dessert bowls, 2 matching dessert bowls for the top, and 2 matching dessert plates for the base. You can use glassware that doesn’t match as well, just make sure it fits together well for gluing. And watch out for wavy edges – it’s much easier to glue a smooth edge!

Turn these thrift store glass bowls into gorgeous candle holders! via http://lifeovereasy.com/

It’s important to wash the glassware well first. This will help the glue stick, and will ensure your finished project sparkles. There can be a lot of old grime on some of these vintage pieces.

I used LePage Stick’n Seal Extreme Repair Adhesive. This is formulated for use in aquariums, so I thought it would be strong and durable.

Make this gorgeous candle holder from thrift store glass bowls via http://lifeovereasy.com/

It’s a silicone type adhesive, which goes on a little thick. Put a layer on 1 surface and then press the two surfaces together. For any adhesive that oozes out, just wipe with a cloth dipped in mineral spirits. And remember to work in a well ventilated area and follow other precautions on the label.

Let your project cure for at least 24 hours. And you’ve got yourself a funky and unique piece. I picked up several more glass pieces, so stay tuned for another project!

Make these gorgeous glass candle holders from thrift store bowls!  via http://lifeovereasy.com/


Want to see what the other bloggers found on the tour? Hop over and visit my friends for some thrift store shopping inspiration!

 Ford And Value Village Thrift Store Tour

Thrifting:  Value Village Thrift Store Tour

Thrift Store Tour

Hunting For Treasures With Value Village And Ford



Thanks so much to Value Village for giving us a shopping credit. And to Ford Canada for the 2 Ford Escapes. It was a really fun day!





5 Responses to “Turn Thrift Store Bowls Into Gorgeous Candleholders”

  1. I can’t believe how well your vision came together!! They look fabulous. So much fun thrifting with you!

  2. Wow, so pretty & SO simple! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you gals had a great time. 🙂

  3. What a creative idea Dani, I love that it turned out so pretty. Good eye!

  4. JaneEllen says:

    Now that’s what I call great vision to come up with pretty candle holders from glass bowls and dishes. Makes me mad at myself for getting rid of bunch of those same bowls while back. Duh, never thought to look at them in different way. Great idea and way to make something pretty out of those bowls. Nobody else will have those candle holders. Fun getting to drive the Ford Escapes.
    When we were moving to MT from San Diego I got elected to drive the Uhaulpulling our boat. After we had lunch I hit a big hole with boat trailer that really messed up the boat trailer. Had to stay there to fix the trailer. Always good idea to buy extra days. I’d never driven a big truck like that so my ability to see things was not the best. Hubs was driving the Bronco (full size) pulling our travel trailer. I had done a pretty good job of driving til then.
    Felt like we’d never get thru Salt Lake area, drove and drove for ever it seemed.
    Before we hit UT of course we hit Las Vegas at rush hour, construction, nerve wracking to the max, especially when your depth perception is not the best.
    Now I can jump into any vehicle and do just fine. Got over my fear of driving strange vehicles. I could even get the boat up onto the trailer out of water. Many times I wasn’t given a choice to think about it, just had to do it. Got over fear that way.
    I’m envious, sure looked like you girls had great time. Happy week

    • Dani says:

      I think you sound very brave – you wouldn’t ever catch me behind the wheel of a Uhaul lol. In fact I didn’t even drive the Escapes! Great that you can drive anything now – I’m definitely not there! As for the thrift store candle holders, the good news is that I bet you can find some pretty and inexpensive glassware at your local thrift store and give the project a try. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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