You know how you are when you see something and decide, "Oh, I'm going to make this", and then it gets tucked away in the back of your mind? This is about making one of "those". I first saw the Anthropologies’ knickknack candlesticks online a couple of months ago. They were quite interesting and unique. I really got excited about recreating this item thinking it would be relatively easy to do. The only problem I had was not having enough knickknacks to use. I got rid of a lot of them when I moved, but I did keep a few pieces that had sentimental meanings. I ventured out to a couple of Goodwill centers located nearby, but couldn’t find anything reasonably priced. I don't know if it's the area I live in (about 50 miles outside of D.C.) or what, but two dollars and fifty cents was about the lowest price I saw on most of the small items. I discovered a little shop run by volunteers for hospice near me and its’ prices were more in line with what I was willing to spend – 50 cents to a dollar. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to choose from that day except for some brass candle holders. I did, however, pick up small Halloween items I’ll use for another project. I do plan on returning to the hospice shop from time to time in order to support such a great cause. I was also able to get a few knickknacks from a dear friend who was in the process of “decluttering”.
|More Anthropologie Knickknacks|
While cute, I don't think the item warrants such a huge price tag. Especially if they can be relatively easy to reproduced. Anthropologie describes this as "an assortment of found knickknacks - including . . porcelain and filigreed tin - stack tall to form Primitive Twig's taper holder. The decorative elements vary from piece to piece; no two are alike."
The key word here is "FOUND" knickknacks!
- Antique porcelain, tin, glass
- Wipe with dry cloth
- 21"H, 4" diameter
At first, I used a lot of glass items that I had acquired. Using "amazing Goop," I became impatient with the drying time and hold. It was taking too long. I would "build" the candlestick, adding piece by piece, but with the goop, drying time was at least overnight or longer and I couldn't secure everything together. Eventually the items began to fall apart or move.
I didn't want to use my glue gun because I felt the hold would not be permanent. So I got out my little tubes of super glue gel and that worked perfectly. Instant adhesion after a minute or so.
|Marble elephants on top of wooden base, brass candlestick holder|
|Russian lady and tiny porcelain vase|
|Asian cup, tealight burner, brass bell base|
|Mother-in-law's vase , candle holder, brass napkin ring|
|Candlestick holders (Hospice Store)|
|White vase (Dollar Store)|
- Marble, brass, porcelain, glass
- Under $5.00, but really priceless!
This knickknack candlestick turned out amazing. It has a nice flow to it, and you can use it in any decorating scheme! Are you thinking about how you can make one?