Guest Project — DIY {Halloween} Candelabra

3 Sep
  Hi all, I’m Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps.  I’m super excited to be here to share a little project with you.   Thanks for having me Jen. 
Halloween is a my daughter’s favorite holiday and she wants to decorate as soon as she sees the stores all decked out with their Spooky goods (which pretty much happens in July these days.)
I tell her we have to wait until October 1st before we put up the Halloween decorations or we really would go from Bunny Rabbits to Ghosts and Goblins.  We are working on some projects so we’ll be ready when the time comes!
The other day we went to Home Goods and saw two sparkly Halloween candelabras.
(You can’t tell from this picture but they were really beautiful!  You’ll just have to trust me.)
I was going splurge and buy them until I saw that they were $69 each! 
And they didn’t even hold any actual candles! 
So, I decided a homemade candelabra would be a great project. 
I bought:
2-  old lamps (Goodwill – $3.99 and $1.99)
1-  chandelier (Thrift store – $10.)
1- 10 ft piece of 1″ PVC ($2.39)
1- 10 ft 3/8″ threaded rod (electrical department at  Home Depot  for $5.97)
1- bag of 3/8″ nuts ($0.98)
Now what?
I took apart the lamps by cutting the cords and removing the nuts and threaded rods.
The chandelier came apart in layers. 
I removed these light bulb sockets but wanted to use the bottom plates for candles. 
I needed this nut to hold the bottom plate in place.    I just bent it back and forth until it broke off!
Then I started unscrewing and cutting wires…
until I had a table covered with parts I’d have to try to remember how to put back together again!  
I cut the threaded rod in half with a hack saw and spray painted everything black.
I used the base from one of the lamps that had a really heavy weight in bottom.
I layered the lamps with the larger one on the bottom and then played with the length of the PVC in order to get it to just the right length.
Put another nut on top and tighten it down!              More paint and it’s starting to look like something.
Re-attached the candle plates.
I decided to add a larger “plate” in the middle.  It was just sitting on that table of junk you saw earlier so I used it.  I’ll probably need it later for something else but whatever!
I just think it looks better that way.
Now, obviously, you could just leave it like this.  
Throw some candles on there and be done with it. 
I want to “bling” it up a bit!
I found these at the thrift store and yellow stickers happened to be half price so I got the whole bag for $1! 
I hung them on a dowel and spray painted them with a gloss black. 
I hung and draped and swagged them all over the candelabra.  Some of them I cut and hot glued around the outside edges so the  beads  would be well dispursed.
And that’s how you can make a Halloween Candelabra for $26.32.
Alright, so it’s not a $5 project but it’s better than $69.00! 
 Plus, I have another 5′ piece of threaded rod and PVC to make another something or other.  
I’ve got something in mind
I’m sure I’ll get to it, eventually
Thanks for letting me come and share with you today.  The deadline motivated me to finish one of the 10 projects I have going on.  It’s crazy around these parts.  Stop by and visit me sometime if you can handle the mess!  Happy Haunting!

That. Is. Amazing!!

Now I’m going to be on the lookout for some old lamps and a chandelier to make one of those. I love the beads too.

Sandra has INCREDIBLE DIY skills.
You really must see her projects. 

Sandra built this entertainment center in her basement. Yes —- I know!! Incredible.
This is her Before and After Kitchen. Not only did she refinish the cabinets, but she built new cabinets to match the originals, and installed beadboard and new corbels to the island. Sandra – will you come help me tackle my kitchen next?? I’ll pay you in wreaths and quatrefoil crafts!
Here she is all suited up to build!
Ummm, yeah – she built these cabinets in her Office too! Wow!
And this is the project I saw when I first discovered Sandra’s blog. Amazing Playhouse. Amazing!
Sawdust and Paper Scraps is chock full of DIY goodness!!
PSIt’s Friday and that means tonight we kick off the weekend with a party! Come over for some dip, chips and pineapple drinks. LOL But seriously, I can’t wait to see your projects at the Weekend Wrap Up Party! With an awesome jewelry giveaway and TWO winners this week. Come stop by and join in the fun. I say it starts at 7, but I’ve been starting it at about 6 lately. So be there or be square 🙂

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