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Published on December 13th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain

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Creating Fabulous Holiday Decor for Pennies

By this time, you know I love to recycle, that creating with paper tubes and glass jars is a real way to craft for less, but still come up with beautiful pieces. I’m sure you can count on your hands how many times I have come up with a creation using toilet paper tubes. But I hope this time, it blows you away the gorgeous piece you can create – with a little time, some paint, some glitter and some imagination, you can create fabulous holiday decor for pennies.

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Fabulous Holiday Decor for Pennies - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

For the simple basic part of this candle. You will need several paper towel tubes, and a couple toilet paper tubes. I also found some tulle ribbon rolls I had kept, but the whole endeavor could be created with the paper towel rolls.

Dimensions are – 3  twelve inch tubes, 2 nine  inch tubes, 3 seven inch tubes, 2 five inch tubes and 1 three inch tube. Hot glue them together as you like.

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To get the candle lights to fit but not drop from the top of the candle, I used masking tape.

Loosely fit the tape in with the candle, then firmly set the tape on the tube. Try to remove any really long tape around the candle, but we’re going to hide that.

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Next, use hot glue to create the melted wax look on the edges of the candles.

Fabulous Holiday Decor for Pennies - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Hide the edges of the tape with the glue. I found that I could let the glue get hot and just keep pressing the trigger to get very long drips. Then I came back and added a second layer to the outside.

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I won’t lie, it took a lot of hot glue.

See all those strings, you can freeze your glue so that the strings don’t happen. I never plan that far ahead. Or you can heat them off.

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You can use your heat embossing gun if you have one or a hair dryer that gets good and hot. Just run the hot air over the candles and the strings will melt.

Fabulous Holiday Decor for Pennies - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

Now take your candelabra and spray paint the whole thing white or whatever holiday color you want.

Next, spread a thin layer of Elmer’s glue all over the candles.

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and sprinkle liberally with glitter. allow to dry.

Fabulous Holiday Decor for Pennies - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

To decorate the candles, I added a white paper plate to the bottom and hot glued the candles on.

Then, I wrapped some pine garland around, hot gluing. From that, I added a bird nest, with a bit of fiberfill, a cute little bird ornament. Next, I tucked poinsettia’s in around the candles. Finally, I added white pearls and lime glittered leaves hot glued in for permanence.

Fabulous Holiday Decor for Pennies - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

The candles were a last addition, just turned them on as I slid them into each candle.

Fabulous Holiday Decor for Pennies - CreativeMeInspiredYou.com

All this out of some could have been trash. What a beautiful piece, and perfect for getting the whole family involved!

 

 



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28 Responses to Creating Fabulous Holiday Decor for Pennies

  1. This is just amazing Kristen!!!

  2. and says:

    Hello this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors
    or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon
    but have no coding experience so I wanted to get advice from
    someone with experience. Any help would be greatly
    appreciated!

    • says:

      Hello,
      Thank you for your comment. We use WordPress, which is probably the most popular blogging platform, and yes, it is pretty much WYSIWYG. You can read about it and sign up here. It is free. https://wordpress.org/
      – Tammy

  3. lorena says:

    Quisiera saber como se llaman los focos que simulan las velas o donde los consigo. Gracias

  4. Gina Burdick says:

    Amazing!! You are so creative!!

  5. Pat says:

    In a million years, I would not have guessed that the “drippy wax” is HOT GLUE!! You are amazing!! I will be making this for next Christmas. Thanks a million!!

  6. Annie Fucci says:

    Bellisimo!!! Gracias x la idea!!!!

  7. Kathleen says:

    This is so very pretty and OH so clever! Being the PINK Christmas lover, I can visualize this pink & silver or pink and white! Thanks so much ^..^

    • says:

      Hi Kathleen, thank you so much! Yes, pink and silver would be stunning! it’s a great low price project that is a beautiful center piece!
      kris

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  10. Pili says:

    Hi! I did a round up about crafts with toilet paper rolls and yours was great so I thought it would be great to include it, I hope this is ok for you. I provided your link and give credit to your site, here’s the post in case you want to check it: http://sweethings.net/15-different-uses-for-toilet-paper-rolls/
    Hugs,
    Pili

  11. Jenna says:

    Wow! I hope I can make it look as great as this, what a creative mind you have! Thank you for sharing it!

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  14. Trish says:

    These would look amazing anytime of the year. Imagine making one for every holiday. Thank you for sharing. Hope mind look ad good as yours.

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