Love these candleholders? You can make some for yourself from a few thrift store bowls.
For these ones, I used 5 bowls and 1 dish each, and I found all of them at Value Village. Basically, I turned this:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Want to see what the other bloggers found on the tour? Hop over and visit my friends for some thrift store shopping inspiration!
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!