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MAKE: Easy Candle Enhancement

For the mantle decor in my master bedroom, I wanted something fairly simple and serene to grace the ledge.  When I found this giclee canvas at Ballard Designs, I knew it was just perfect for this space.  The colors are neutral and the landscape has a very low country feel to it.  To round out the space, I repurposed on hand decorations like the two large fleur shape stands and my glass hurricane lanterns.  These glass hurricane lanterns have lived everywhere; the kitchen table, the terrace bar, filled with paper whites, filled with pumpkins … you name it they have been there and done that!


I knew the glass hurricanes needed a little gussying up.  The clear glass and the plain white candles just disappeared and were nothing eye catching.   I considered oyster shelling the glass hurricanes like my coastal lamp or the oyster accents on my coastal bookcase, but since there is a good chance they will live elsewhere at some point due to their versatility; I decided to just give their interior an enhancement.

mantle candle v2

Using a package of bronze upholstery tacks I picked up at Hobby Lobby for $1.99, I simply pushed them into the candle in an all over dotted pattern.  It made such a difference.  The basic white pillar candles looked like expensive ones with just that little addition.  Then, I filled the base of the lantern with some white shells we gathered up on a family vacation.

The tacks go into the candle super easy and I was done in a few minutes flat.  When I stood back to look at the progress, it was huge.  The void that was the clear glass hurricanes and white candles now had a little pop.  Perfect!

mantle candle

Oh if all my enhancements were that easy!  With supplies in hand, I’m heading back to patio projects!






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