Tinseled Glass Candlesticks {DIY}

I really like to keep stuff.  I’m not quite as bad as Megan, who hoards boxes and bags alike (sorry to call you out Megs), but I just despise throwing things away that could potentially have another purpose later in life. Will this tossed aside ribbon one day come to my rescue in a DIY project gone awry?  Will I need this Anthropologie bag to carry all of my things next time I move?  So needless to say, whenever I come upon a food or beverage container that is even remotely attractive, I save it.  Corey had these fancy beer bottles that he was collecting for me and I racked my brain for a week to try to figure out what to do with them.  I did consider snow globes a la the mason jar ones we made last year, but I figured I couldn’t really fit anything in them except snow.  Finally, I had an epiphany that I should make them into taper candle holders.  This has been done many times before, but I think the tinsel glitter courtesy of Martha makes me love them even more.  You guys gotta get some of this stuff.  It makes things look like angels.  See more pictures of my oh so fancy tinseled candlesticks in our Christmas tablescape from yesterday.

What you’ll need:

– Pretty glass bottles of your choice – wine or beer would work best

– Spray paint – I used Krylon White in a satin finish

– Martha Stewart Decoupage Glue and Sealer (or similar crafting glue)

– Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter in Sterling (just real good lookin)

– Short taper candles

What you’ll do:

1) Spray paint your bottles.  Is it just me or have I been doing a lot of spray painting recently?

2) Glue the area of your bottles that you would like covered in glitter.

3) Pour glitter on the glue.  I’m not sure it gets any easier than this.







  1. Megan

    Well…people can judge my box hoarding all they want, but I have a feeling it is going to come in handy for you in the very near future.

  2. Tiffany

    Ooo I just love them! So glitzy and pretty. Great thinking. I’m a bit of a hoarder in my own way too. I’m living in a tiny studio in the city but I keep collecting furniture for ‘the future’ which I make my parents store at their place…

  3. Christina

    I was wondering how you made these!!! Love them!!!

  4. Taylor

    I used to make fun of my old roommate for saving jars. She would looke at me and say, “isn’t this such a cute jar?” I thought it was hilarious/maybe a little silly and very hoardery until I started wanting to be a crafty myself. Now I love jars, ribbon, shirts that Gus has chewed up… you name it, I’m trying to find a reason to keep it. These are very beautiful Colleen. Yall got me into Martha Stewart glitter last year during the ornament party. I only have 2 colors but I find myself wanting to include it in any and all crafts. She does a good glitter, for reals.

  5. Jenn

    I love this look! Do you need to put something under the candles to keep the wax from dripping on the table cloth? Or does the shape of the bottles themselves do the job? Thanks!

  6. Colleen

    Hey Jenn! Thanks! In my experience, the bottles catch most of the wax. However, I would still put something underneath to protect your tablecloth. We definitely had some candles that were tilted, and I could see them getting a little rambunctious.