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.
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.
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).
After the base was secured, we used a power drill to make pilot holes for the new opening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We hung the Holiday Lights on our ornamental Hawthorn Tree that is full of pretty red berries this time of year.
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
Petticoat Junktion My Creative Days 2 Bees in a Pod Restoration Redoux Atta Girl Says Art is Beauty Cottage at the Crossroads Housepitality Designs Shabbyfufu
Tuesday - Tablescapes
Postcards from the Ridge Town and Country Living Hunt and Host Savvy Southern Style All Things Heart and Home HighStyle Restyle This Makes That
Wednesday - Wreaths
Thursday - Thrifty Crafts
Dukes and Duchesses Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer Prodigal Pieces The Interior Frugalista Cupcakes and Crinoline Girl in the Garage