Turn plain white pillar candles into dazzling decor with twine and upholstery tacks! 

Pillar Candles Make over

It all started with three basic white pillar candles, a skein of hemp twine, and a whole lot of upholstery brads that I was supposed to return that I originally purchased for a chair make-over. I never got around to using them and then kept forgetting back – I’m notorious for not returning things!

After looking around and not finding anything, I decided to make my own.


You will need:

  • White pillar candles
  • hemp twine
  • upholstery nails
  • a glue gun and glue

How to make them:

  1. Glue the twine to the middle of your candle and wrap the twine down the length, securing with glue on the bottom.
  2. Add upholstery tacks along the top edge of the hemp by pressing them directly into the candle.
  3. Enjoy!
Pillar Candles Makeover - Step by Step
This was so easy! I rarely burn candles, so I’m not at all concerned about burning down to the twine, but if you are someone who burns candles, I’d recommend using this method on an LED candle to be safe.
I love how they turned out. They match the room just perfectly – a little bit of texture, a bit of bling, and a teensy bit of industrial. What a perfect way to spend 10 minutes. What did you do today?


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  1. Melissa Whitcher on July 12, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Yep, bedazzling is right. I love these candles! I would love to have you share them at our Simply Create Link Party that is going on right now. I am also pinning them—too good an idea to keep to ourselves, right? 🙂


  2. Nicole on July 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Those do look great! And thank you so much for sharing on Show Off Friday!

  3. Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt on July 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Those are so cute! I have some pillar candles that could use some bedazzling. Love it. Pinning this. Came over from the Craftionary Link Party. Hope you will check out my blog!

  4. TheMoonAndMe on July 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    The candles look awesome! Easy way to add a little class. 🙂

  5. Ornate Splendor on July 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Very Pretty! Love how easy this is. — I say go ahead and use them/burn them! It would be so easy to make more. Well done. Catherine (new follower)

  6. srpprcrftr on July 14, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Found you thru Too much time on my hands party. I love these candles, perfect, look so nice. Very sophisticated and simple. Now I need to find some plain white candles I can afford. They're so pretty I won't want to burn them, just let them sit, look pretty. Will have to get myself some snazzy looking upholstery tacks. So glad you shared this wonderful, gorgeous project. Happy summer

  7. Gail on July 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Hi! Love your post! The candles look awesome! I'm visiting from Share Your Creativity . . . presently working on a jute twine project for Christmas in July you might like. Hope to post in the next day. Signed up to follow by email. Gail@Purple Hues and Me

  8. Lisa @ Lisas Creative Designs on July 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    These candles are so cute! I love to dress up plain candles. Love this idea.

  9. Therena Taylor on July 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

    These are so great! What a clever idea!

  10. Julia @Happy House and Home on July 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Love them! They look great – good thing you didn't return the tacks… 🙂 Love quick little projects like this. Julia

  11. Cathy Compeau on July 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I just wanted to let you know I am featuring you this week. I would love for you to grab my button to add to the post or your sidebar. I would love for you to share your news of being featured on your social media. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a great week!
    Hugs! Cathy

  12. Barbara on August 27, 2017 at 9:16 am

    What a great, easy, and thrifty way to upgrade one’s candles. I adore jute/twine/rope – anything “stringy!” Your candles are just lovely! I will be doing this. Thanks for sharing such a great way to make an ordinary candle look trendy and upscale.

  13. MariaMay on February 20, 2018 at 1:13 am

    wow lovely candles

    • admin on February 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you, Maria! I hope you get a chance to make your own!

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