candle holder turned earring holder TUTORIAL

happy monday morning! did you have a nice weekend? we did. we went swimming, shopping and played hard. i even snuck out and did a little shopping on my own for an hour or two. it was amazing what i got done without 2 little boys in tow! after our recent move, i’ve been doing a lot of thrifting trying to find things to put into our new home. and there are all kinds of new thrift stores in our new area so its been so fun exploring them. i made this lovely quatrefoil earring holder from a thrifted candle holder….

i paid $2 for this metal candle holder with the awesome quatrefoil design. {i’d never seen anything like it! this is why i LOVE thrift stores!} as you can imagine, my heart pitter pattered at the sight of this $2 beauty. so it rode home next to me.

i pretty much knew what i wanted to do with it when i saw the it, but i wasn’t sure how i’d get the top part off.  i was lucky that the welds weren’t strong and so i was able to pull off the top with my hands in a matter of minutes. i then used a hammer to straighten a couple bent sections.

gave it a new fresh coat of black paint….

{putting those moving boxes to good use! haha}

ta-da! and now i have a cute new earring holder that holds loads of earrings. sweet! cost me all of $2 and about 30 mins with drying time.  my fave part about my new earring holder, is how it is off the wall a little bit so when i poke my earrings throw to hang them, i don’t have to worry about hitting the wall. easy breezy earring hanging. wahoo.

AND who knew a candle holder would work so well as an earring holder? for reals.

currently i’m….

getting excited about my 2 year Blogiversary celebration next week

updating my list of Craft Room tours

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Love it. What a great use for it.


  2. 2

    I { L O V E } this. I’ll be on the lookout for something similar!

  3. 4

    What clever vision,…I love the transformation.

    1. 4.1

      Thank you, Terry! I’m really happy with how it turned out. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!
      happy crafting,

  4. 5

    It is gorgeous enough that it still functions as a piece of art. Seriously. LOVE it!

    1. 5.1

      Thank you, Sisifo! I love how it turned out and it works perfectly! thanks for stopping by.
      happy crafting,

  5. 6

    A thrift store find?! That is amazing! Seriously, you scored big time! Love what you turned it into. Great job Linda!

  6. 7

    um gorg! what a lucky $2 find!!

  7. 8

    What a fabulous thrift discovery and such a great way to put it to use :)

  8. 9

    This turned out so cute. What a brilliant idea!

  9. 10

    That is wonderful. I love thrift stores too. I love to stop somewhere I have never been and browse the thrift stores. Last summer my friend and I found one that had a whole section devoted to overalls. lol.

    1. 10.1

      Thrift stores are awesome!! How funny about the overall section! so did you buy a pair? haha
      happy crafting,

      1. Ha. I didn’t buy any but my friend and I did take a few pics before we left:)

  10. 11
    Sue Richins

    What a cute idea! You are so clever!

  11. 12

    What a cute idea! I love when I see something and instantly know what I want to turn it into!

  12. 13

    This is such a great idea! I love how it turned out. I’ll be on the look for something like this. My jewelry is always a mess. :)

  13. 14

    this is so awesome! I will be looking for anything made of mesh now! thanks for sharing!

  14. 15

    Adorable and GREAT idea! Just this weekend I wanted to go thrifting. My husband said, what are you looking for? I said you don’t go looking for something, you go to get inspired! Ha! He didn’t get it, but this proves my point!

  15. 16

    really cute … love that you could hang it on the wall … that is what I call “functional” wall art! thanks for sharing.

  16. 18

    Linda, this is gorgeous! Way to see the treasure while thrifting. I need to hone my skills a little more, because I always walk away from stuff like that thinking “I know I could do something, but what..?” Love it.

    1. 18.1

      Thanks Helena!! If we lived closer, we’d totally go thrifting together! ;o)
      happy crafting,
      PS how’s school going for the hubs?

  17. 19

    I love it! My mom and I use picture frames and medium chicken wire. The holes are big enough with out being an issue. Plus we can get some really awesome picture frames from the ARC thrift stores. I have one, but I sadly need to upgrade to a bigger one now that i am making my own jewerly! lol

  18. 20

    I love this earring holder! Is there anything I can do so the earring holder can stand on its own and doesn’t have to be hooked into the wall?

    1. 20.1

      Hi Blair,
      Thanks! you could try hot gluing an L bracket to the back {you’d have to bend it so that it was about 45 degree angle instead of a 90 degree angle} you can find L brackets at the hardware store.
      Hope that helps!
      happy crafting,