I am so excited to share my Christmas tablescape with you and show you how I made some inexpensive candlesticks that look like a million bucks! I know things have been a little sleepy over here but whenever that happens you can be certain I am working like a maniac behind the scenes. Not only have I been working on a new blog design but I have been decorating my whole house for Christmas. Most of the things I made so it wasn’t just a matter of unpacking.
I did my first tablescapes last year and I kind of fell in love with the whole process. I was thinking of ways I could change it up this year without breaking the bank. I remembered a candlestick I had made when my husband and I were newly weds. I only made one and when we moved to Utah, it got lost.
I knew they were inexpensive to make so I decided to make several for my table. I added some fabric that was left over from making curtains, some darling live trees from Home Depot, and touches of nature courtesy of my backyard.
I love the different shades of green!
I love mixing different types of candles together. The height, color, and thickness differences make them more interesting.
I used decorative table legs from Home Depot and a scrap piece of 1×4 to make these candlesticks. It cost $24 total to make all five of these. I used 6 inch legs and 9 inch legs. And they were very easy to put together.
I first cut a 1×4 board I had on hand into squares. 1×4 boards are really 3 1/2 inches (not 4 inches) because of the planing and sanding that happens to the board. So I measured 3 1/2 along the board and cut it with my miter saw. This way they ended up being 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.
Draw lines from corner to corner to find the center. Using a drill bit that is slightly smaller around than the threaded piece on the leg, drill into the center of the square board. I only went down about half the length of the threaded piece.Twist the leg into the square piece of wood.
Next you will need to get a boring bit. It is important to measure the end of the candle you want to use. The tapered candles I have are 3/4 inch. SO I used my 3/4 inch boring bit to drill a hole in the center of the top of the candlestick. I went down a couple of inches deep.
I sanded it after that. The main body of the candlestick is already pretty smooth but the 1×4 base will need to be smoothed and the pencil marks sanded off. The wood will accept the stain better if you sand it all over.
Before getting started with either the painting or the staining, protect your work area with plastic or paper towels. If you are going to paint your candlesticks, then you can use whatever paint you would like. If you want to stain them like I have done, you will need to add a pre-stain conditioner. If you are using an oil based stain, use and oil based conditioner. If you are using a water based stain, use a water based conditioner. The conditioner helps the wood accept the stain more evenly.
Once that has been applied and has sat for at least 5 minutes, you can apply the stain. I apply it with a foam brush and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then I wipe off the access with a paper towel. If I want it darker, I repeat the process until it is as dark as I want. And if I am smart, I put on rubber gloves while doing this :) I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut.
I let them completely dry before putting on the sealer. I chose Wipe-On Poly because it dries quickly and I like the hand rubbed looking finish it has. You can used regular polyurethane or even a spray poly. Follow the directions on the bottle or can of whatever product you chose.
Once they were dry they were ready to use!
Now for those of you who think my table and dinging room always look like this, here is the reality.
I had to clean it before I could even get to the decorating :)
I kept it pretty like this for several days because I hardly ever set the table like this and I wanted to enjoy it. My kids didn’t mind. They got to have “picnics” in the family room :)
I got the cloth napkins from Bed Bath and Beyond. They were the perfect color match to my walls and I loved the texture. I added some burlap and cute leaf ribbon from The Paper Source. The tags are also from The Paper Source. I bought them for gift tags but thought they looked cute as name tags for the place settings too.
You may remember the plates from last year. They are from Wayfair and I ADORE them. The silverware was my grandma’s and I purposely didn’t polish them. I like the rustic feel.
Now I think I will head back to Home Depot and buy more supplies because my family room just might need some that are painted yellow…… ;)