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So here’s another post to kick off the Hip2Save This Holiday series today! A post where I actually got crafty! And if you’ve been a Hip2Save reader for quite some time…. well, I’m sure you know that I’m not really a crafty person and I typically have no clue what I’m doing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Needless to say, I was very impressed with myself for putting my fears to the side and accomplishing this project. OK… it wasn’t complicated by any means, but it was fun and it always makes ya feel good to create something on your own!

Today I am going to share with you how to take thrift store candlesticks (or candlesticks you already have on hand) and create adorable candy holders that are perfect to display for Halloween or Christmas… and really anytime of year!

Supplies Needed:

Jars (I used mayo, pickle and peanut butter jars… it was fun getting the stench out of the pickle jar! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
Goo Gone (I used this to get the labels completely removed from the jars)
Spray Paint
Candy (whatever you have on hand that you may have got cheap or FREE with coupons!)

To get started, clean the jars thoroughly in soapy water. I let mine soak for quite some time and then I used the Goo Gone to get the labels completely removed. While the jars are soaking, spray paint the candlesticks and lids of the jars whatever color you like. You can also make it fun and do different colors for each one if you want.

I spray painted mine on a cardboard box outside and completely forgot that our automatic sprinklers were going to turn on! Whoops! So make sure you don’t make the same mistake I did. ๐Ÿ˜‰

On a positive note, they did survive the sprinklers! ๐Ÿ˜€ After they are dry, you can start putting together your cute and super inexpensive candy display. Just fill the jars with whatever candy you like, secure the lids, and set the jars on the candlesticks. And there you have it, simple and frugal candy holders that will definitely be a great conversation piece!

(Thanks for the much-needed inspiration, This Old Chair!)

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Comments 37

  1. Heather

    Great idea!!!! Not only for me 2 decorate but awesome unique gift:)

  2. dr_beanz

    Do you think you could use non-spray paint? I was thinking of all those paint samples from earlier this year.

    • Ashley57

      Me too! Those would be great for something like this. I think you could use those. Love this Collin!

  3. Priscilla

    SO cute!

  4. Laurie

    Paint samples would probably work fine for this as long as you put on a good primer first! I have a few samples myself! : )

  5. Kymberly

    seen these on pinterest, loved them =) Great Find on the Candle Sticks!!!

    • Michelle

      *Saw ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Michelle M

    I LOVE this idea!! I’m going to our thrift store this week to search for candlesticks!

    • MD

      My thoughts exactly ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Dawn

    lol, this is not for anyone with kids under 5. These wouldn’t make it past an hour on my table with the baby constantly bumping into it and the 3 year old climbing on the table when I’m not looking…..and then the mess/glass/candy to clean! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Ashley

    Love this!

  9. Tilla Ham

    these are not for kids over 5 either, mine would eat it all, and then they’d all fight and lie about which one of them did it lol …i would get all the supplies set up, with good intentions, and then hide in my room and eat the bag of candy

  10. Renee

    I am absolutely dying to know how you got the stench out of the pickle jar! I re-use the large pickle jars & it takes me forever to remove the smell…please share!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Em

      I do several things until the smell is gone, in no particular order: stuff with clean dry newspaper, put in some baking soda and vinegar (it bubbles, so do it in the sink) and set it in the sun for a day or so. Different jars take different ways ๐Ÿ™‚ I reuse all glass jars that come into my house (we are major anti-plastic) so these tricks are tried and true here. If you run them thru the dishwasher make sure you remove the label first, otherwise they clog up you washer

      • Em

        I should clarify, newspaper with or without sun and vinegar/baking soda with or without sun, don’t get the newspaper wet…I’m sure you understood, but you never know, lol

        • Jean

          Newspaper balls placed inside tennis shoes takes the stink out too!

      • Renee

        Thanks, I have tried everything but the newspaper-it’s a great idea! (we don’t have a dishwasher…)

        • Em

          No need for it, we don’t use ours anyway, lol- try boiling water too! (make sure your jars aren’t cold though, or they shatter!).

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      I used lots and lots of hot soapy water… although, I don’t think I was able to get the stench out completely since my candy tastes a bit like a pickle… LOL! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • animity

      Baking soade works like a charm everytime.

  11. Liz

    That blot is This Old Chair not This Old House ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • liz8k

      *blog* ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Stephanie D.

    Hi Collin. I reuse glass jars for everything; it’s the original ‘BPA free’ way to store food. After you’ve soaked off the label, I run the jars and lids through the dishwasher top rack. To reduce strong aromas from lids (like pickles), fill the lid with white vinegar and let it soak for 24 hours.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks for the vinegar tip… I will try that next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michelle

      I’m all about glass instead of plastic, also because of the BPA. Just wondering, do you put anything on the inside of the lid? I’ve heard that the coating on the lid contains BPA…

  13. Shelby

    They look great! Candlesticks of varying heights would look good too!

  14. Ann Dee

    Thanks for the step by step directions. Lots of crafts don’t include the details (like cardboard on the grass) and I can never figure it out myself. Super cute craft. Thanks for sharing.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m with ya on the step by step instructions as I need them too!

  15. Mir

    To remove sticky label goo without buying a special product and using what you most likely have at home already – a little bit of any kind of cooking oil (olive, canola, vegetable etc.) you have, put some on a piece of cloth or sturdier paper towel, add elbow grease, rub rub rub and goo is gone

  16. Corina

    Hey Collin, what color spray paint did you use? It looks nice.

  17. Amy

    This would be super cute for Halloween and Christmas candy. You could paint pumpkins, Christmas trees, etc on the glass! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Carole Baker

    How cute! LOL on the pickle stench and sprinklers turning on. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ann Dee

      Sounds like something I would do!!!!! Ha ha ha ha!!!!

  19. Kara

    If you scroll the This Old Chair blog, she has a link to another blog ( This blog has some AMAZING woodworking projects!!! All skill levels are shown. I’m already eyeing a couple for when my husband comes home. Fingers crossed my grandpa will teach me/us some woodworking skills to we can continue to do some projects as well as pass woodworking onto to our son.
    I have been wanting to make candlestick stands for months, but have no where to put them at the moment.

  20. Sandy

    Wanted to thank you for this awesome idea! I needed a gift and this was perfect:) Our Goodwill store had a set of three white ceramic candlesticks so I didn’t get to paint them fall colors like I wanted, but instead I used three pint canning jars and covered the lids with fall material. I added a fall homemade ribbon around each one and they look great! Thanks, again! Love all you do:)

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