Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

December 10, 2021

Today I'm sharing a super easy thrift shop flip project that involves a metal candle holder, clay, and paint!


I will be moving right before Christmas so I'm not really decorating this year.


I did put up some white twinkle lights and a small tree on my mantle though because they were easy to get to and I can't stand not having any decorations up!


I am adding this to my mantle display too.


Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip


Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

I have been seeing very organic shaped metal sculptures like this lately in some of my favorite blogger's and Youtuber's homes.


Here are a few examples:


Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

When I saw this metal star candle holder at Goodwill recently, it reminded me of these.


Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

You can see it was just $3.99 at Goodwill.

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

I used a hack saw to cut off the part where the candle would sit.

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

Then I used some oven-bake clay to cover the star.

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

To cover the star with the clay, roll out a long rope.

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

Then flatten it out with your fingers... it should look a little like a tapeworm 😂

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

Then just start wrapping it around.

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

Once it's all covered, lay it onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and smooth out any areas you want. You can dab your finger in water and then rub it over the clay to help smooth it out.

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

I wanted my star to be black and I didn't have black clay so I chose to spray paint mine.

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

And then I rubbed dirt on it while the paint was still a little wet to give it an aged pottery appearance. I then sprayed it with clear sealer.

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

And voila!! I have my own sculpture that is reminiscent of those high-end (and expensive) sculptures!

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip

Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip


What do you think? Like it? Too simple?


If you do like it, please pin! 😊

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Upcycled Star Candle Holder - Thrift Shop Flip



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  1. Boy am I out of the loop, I didn't know these were a thing. Your star candle is very cool and like you had intended, very organic looking. Clever using dirt to give it an aged pottery look. It looks very authentic, Tania!

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