Make It: Lacy DIY Cement Candle Holders

created at: 06/25/2012

I know, I know. Cement and lace? These aren’t exactly materials you normally associate together, which makes this cool DIY project that much more intriguing (and a great jumping off point)!    

Using lace-patterned tape, Liz from Say Yes to Hoboken created these fabulous candle holders. It’s an interesting study in contrasts, don’t you think? What other materials or patterns do you think would be fun to try?

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The “Does It Work?” Challenge: Prevent Wax from Sticking with Cooking Spray

created at: 03/12/2012

March is cleaning and organization month on Curbly and I am testing out some housekeeping subs and shortcuts to see if they really work. Monday I tried cleaning glass with newspaper and coffee filters. Yesterday I gave polishing silver with baking soda a whirl. Today, I see if cooking spray will prevent melted wax from sticking to candleholders. Think it’ll work? Read on to find out…
First I gave my glass candleholder a quick spray from several inches away.
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The Coil Candle

I’ve never seen this type of candle before, and although it might be a little too ‘Paul Revere’ for some, it’s still an interesting–and apparently old–concept. It’s made of a rope of beeswax that is fed through a spring-loaded clip. You can feed up to 3 inches of the wax through the clip, which burns up to an hour and then self-extinguishes when the flame reaches the clip. Available through Plow & Hearth, the holder and an 80 hour candle coil will set you back 35 bucks. Continue Reading

DIY Wooden Candle Holders

If you have some leftover scraps from your latest woodworking project, how about using them to make votive candle holders? They’re easy to produce and beautiful when completed, which means you might want to make a few for yourself and some to give as gifts.


1. A chunk of wood the size of your choice. Although, a standard votive cup is about ½ inch high, which means you’ll want to use a piece of wood double that thickness, or so. Continue Reading

Hand Hooks: Creepy or Cool?

Submitted for your approval: Imagine as you enter your home, disembodied hands reach out from the walls, gesturing to you. They offer to take your coat, keys, wallet. (Insert spooky theme song of The Twilight Zone here.)

Available through Unica Home, Harry Allen’s Hand Hooks are made from “detailed casts of the designer’s own hands.” The truncated appendages will set you back 75 bucks each–or 15 bucks a digit.