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Patio Candleholders Repurposed for the Holidays {Christmas Ideas Tour} | The Interior Frugalista

December 3, 2015

Patio Candleholders Repurposed for the Holidays {Christmas Ideas Tour}

Good Morning Friends!  On Monday, I told you about the Christmas Ideas Tour that is going on this week in Blogland.  I hope you have been following and enjoying the tour so far.  Today is the final leg and I'm thrilled to be joining five talented bloggers to bring you Thrifty Crafts.

Patio candleholders repurposed for the Holidays for the Christmas Ideas Tour

Last summer I picked up two metal patio candleholders for a song at a local buy & sell site.  My intention was to hang them from the roof of our gazebo with battery operated pillar candles. Time got the best of me and recently when organizing the workshop I found them stashed in the corner collecting dust.

Outdoor hanging candleholders to be repurposed for the holidays

When I got the invitation to join the Christmas Ideas Tour I wondered how I could transform the Patio Candleholders to be Repurposed for the Holidays for our front yard.

Metal Patio Candleholders filled with white mini lights for the holidays

There was no way I was going to trudge through the snow to turn on battery operated candles every evening, so I had to come up with a way to illuminate them.  That's when I got the idea of filling each one with white mini lights that would be plugged into a timer.

Making a hole to feed mini lights through a Patio Candleholder repurposed for the holidays

But there was one problem, the candleholders split into two pieces and where the candles normally sit there was no opening to string lights through to the bottom.

Self drilling screws used to secure the base of a patio candleholder repurposed for the holidays

The plate that holds the candle was soldered together in the middle so if we had drilled a hole in the center the entire base would have come apart.  So we had to figure out a way to hold the two pieces together with small self-drilling metal screws (*affiliate link).

Pilot Holes drilled to make opening on base of Patio Candleholders repurposed for the holidays

After the base was secured, we used a power drill to make pilot holes for the new opening.

Dremel Tool with Metal Cutting Disc used to make a hole on the base of patio candleholders to feed mini lights through for the holidays
I have included affiliate links so you can see the products I used.

With a Dremel Tool (*affiliate link) and a metal cutting disc (*affiliate link), Mr. Frugalista cut the metal between the drilled holes so we could string mini lights through each section.  Sparks were flying in the workshop that afternoon...literally.

When inserting mini lights into the opening we made sure the plug was at the top where it will hang from a tree branch.

Placing mini light plug end at the top of the patio candleholders repurposed for the holidays

Starting with the top half of the candleholder, we filled the cavity with a strand of mini lights, working our way down into the bottom half.

Filling the inside of patio candleholders with mini lights for the holidays

Then we reattached the two pieces together and using the handle of a wooden spoon, we moved the lights around so all the cavities would be illuminated at night.

Adding some holiday ribbon to the top of patio candleholders repurposed for the holidays

To make them more festive, I added a bow with wired ribbon (*affiliate link) that used to wrap around our Christmas Tree. I kept the tails on the bow short so they wouldn't obstruct the mini lights.

If you're like me and struggle to make the perfect bow, I've included a short video on how to make a floral bow, the easy way.

Here is a link to the bow maker (*affiliate link) I used as well as other styles.

We hung the Holiday Lights on our ornamental Hawthorn Tree that is full of pretty red berries this time of year.

Patio candleholders repurposed with mini lights and festive ribbon for the holidays

When we plugged them in and much to our dismay, discovered the lights were a slightly different shade of white. What the heck! They were purchased at the same store, at the same time, in the same boxes, with the same SKU numbers.

Talk about frustrating!  Do you guys find it a challenge during the holidays to get white mini lights that match?  I never knew there were so many shades available, but there is no way we are going to attempt to remove and string a new set so they are what they are!

As the sign in our front yard suggests, Happy Holidays!


But before you go, join me in checking out what my talented blogging friends created for their Thrifty Craft today.  You can find the links to their posts below.  You can catch up on any of the days you missed on the Christmas Ideas Tour as well.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and left feeling inspired.

Monday - Mantels

Tuesday - Tablescapes

Wednesday - Wreaths

Thursday - Thrifty Crafts

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