Tuesday, August 23, 2011

(Cereal Box) Lighthouse Candle Holder

While searching for beach themed items to put on my seasonal shelf, I saw some lighthouse candle holders that I thought were really cute. Unfortunately, they were just an accessory in a product shot, so I didn't even know where I could find them.  I thought I would try to create my own.
I must have been eating breakfast while thinking about these because I ended up making them out of a ceral box!  I started with a sheet of paper to figure out the shape I wanted and I then used that as a template. I cut out two cones and two circles and painted them all white.
Then, I drew my pattern on the cones and painted them midnight blue.
After they had dried, I gave all the pieces a rough sanding to make them look a little worn.
Next, I coated them with a layer of Mod-Podge. While that was still wet, I shaped them.
I added some black streaks with a dry brush.
Finally, I used a foam brush and covered them with some watered down brown paint, then wiped most of it off with a paper towel.
For the little piece on top, I cut a circle out of the center and then cut little tabs for the votive holder to sit in.  I used those little tabs to glue it to the inside of the cones.
The railings are made out of floral wire that I shaped and spray painted black.

I only had to buy the votive holders (which cost me $1.98), so this project was super cheap and they turned out so cool!
I use battery operated votive candles to light them up at night. They look so cute flickering on the shelf (which is now done...at least for another few weeks).

Thanks to the help of Maya, I was actually able to find a place to buy them. Here is a picture of the real ones. They are so cute, but so out of my price range. They sell for over $60.00 a piece. It makes me love them even more to see how much I saved!
 Lighthouse Hurricane Candle Holder Small



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77 comments:

Heidi said...

SOO cute - I've never seen anything like that. Well done! :)

Amanda said...

Oh my goodness, these are fantastic! Can't believe you made them out of card, they look great!

Zoe said...

Those are cute- love the beachy look made out of cardboard- so creative!!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I never would have guessed a cereal box! They came out GREAT! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

tousled day said...

This is so beautifull. Love it!

Ty and Whitty said...

so stinkin cute I love it. Thank you for the tutorial. It is such a perfect rustic beach idea. Thank you so much for sharing and for linking up to Show and Share #2. I hope you are having fun at the party :)

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

Madison said...

Wow! What a creative idea. This would be perfect for my boyfriend's office. I've been decorating it with "books and boats" as I like to say. :)

Kelly said...

No way!!! This is so cute and creative. I just love it! I am your newest follower. :)


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Lori said...

Very adorable!! I heart these!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

I just love this idea!! I'm going to feature it next week on Thrifty Thursday! :)

TheCraftInMe said...

Wow, they totally look like they were made from metal or ceramic! Awesome!

Brave Brooke said...

You did a great job recreating them! They look fantastic!

Brave Brooke said...

You did a great job recreating them! They look fantastic!

scrapfancy said...

Great job and I love them. Keep going. Thanks for sharing.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Holy Cats! These are adorable! I can't believe how clever!

Graces Goodies said...

They look amazing! The sanding worked a treat:)

Krista said...

WOW! Cereal boxes have never looked so amazing! I love the way these turned out and that the project was so frugal. I'll have to start saving my cereal boxes (one more thing my husband will roll his eye over, lol).

If you'd like to share this at my link party this weekend, I'd love to have you. Found you via Shabby Nest.

Krista @ While He Was Napping

Michelle said...

A cereal box, serioulsy?! That a girl! I love how distressed they look! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

Jordan McCollum said...

I love these lighthouses! Cereal boxes? Brilliant.

Laura said...

So cute! What a great feature for such little cost.

Jamie Kaufmann said...

So adorable! I love a beach theme as we live quite far from one! :(

Chef in Training said...

are you kidding me?! That is seriously so creative! and they look so fabulous too! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! i am your newest follower and would love it if you would come by and check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Terry said...

I cannot believe you made these out of a cereal box. I am definitely pinning these - great job.

Whimsy-ma-blog said...

Those are great! I'm pinning them too! Fantastic painting skills.

Leah said...

Such a cute idea! And I love projects that use free materials :)

Jamie said...

Wow how awesome! I need to look into modge podge... people make some awesome stuff with it!

Feel free to link your lighthouse candles to my new Make Yourself Blog Hop!

-Jamie
For Love of Cupcakes

Michelle @ Loving Every Second said...

You are seriously a genius! I LOVE that you made them out of cereal boxes! They look like you bought them at Pottery Barn!

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

How cool! I can't believe you made them from cereal boxes. I would love it if you would stop by and share at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face. I hope to see you soon,
Rachel
http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/cure-for-common-monday-6-craft-link.html

Lindsay said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today! Congrats! Grab a button if you'd like!

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-2-features.html

Heather said...

Wow those are gorgeous, would of never known they were made from a cereal box. I featured them today at So Creative. http://burtonavenue.blogspot.com/2011/08/lighthouse-candle-holder.html

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I've seen these too and love them..., am trying to remember where. Have to check on my blog. You did an awesome job!!

Tres Chere said...

Love,Love,Love,this,what a fantastic idea! Maybe we should all eat breakfast more often?
http://trescherechattel.blogspot.com/

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

these are fantastic! they are gorgeous!! Great job!

Seaweed and Raine said...

These are completely brilliant! I can't believe they are made from a cerial box!!! I might have to give it a go some time. Thanks. :)

Adriane said...

Great idea!!! I would never have guessed that they were made from cardboard!! they turned out beautifully=)

-Adriane@ fruitfulhomejournal.blogspot.com

Mimi said...

I would never ever have known these were made from a cereal box if you hadn't told me. Amazing job - I really love them Thanks so much for sharing :)

DearHelenHartman said...

That's amazing! You are so talented.

Five of US said...

Holy love for saving money and awesome things. They look great! And had you not posted this, no one would have been the wiser. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to grab that cereal box out of the garbage... {:

refresh reStyle said...

What a great looking lighthouse!! Love them!
Debbie

Jaimee said...

wooHOO! What an awesome job on this copycat project! LOVE them : )
Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

These are awesome! I think I like yours better than the "real" ones. Great job!

Aunt Angie said...

Brilliant, love them!!

Carolyn said...

I'm absolutely amazed those are made out of cereal boxes. Brilliant! I would be so happy if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/08/inspiration-board-link-party-13.html
Hope to see you there.
carolyn | homework

Grandma Bonnie said...

Great savings. I am inspired to try and make some. I wonder if I can figure a way to make them water proof so I could put them by my koi pond?
Thanks you for sharing.
New follower from the Homemade Monday hop. Hope you stop for a visit.
Have a nice week.

Jerri said...

What a wonderful project! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I just added this to my pinterest! Please come back and link up again this week!

Christianne Teixeira said...

amazing!!! Love it!! Have to try!! Thank you so much for sharing your process xoxo

Camille said...

These are absolutely beautiful!!! I can't believe you used a cereal box! They look like something you would buy at a store. You did a great job! I wanted you to know that we will be featuring these on our blog tomorrow- stop by and grab a button! And thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff- we are so thankful for your support! We would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more of your great posts!
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Sheila A. said...

You are so talented...the lighthouses are very clever!

Jessica @ Nuchey's Mommy said...

WOW! VERY clever...I love when I see stuff like this :) Good for you!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

Amazing! Who would have thought they're made of cereal boxes?!
I just wanted to let you know that I will feature this at tomorrow's {nifty thrifty sunday}!
Stop by and grab a button if you get a chance. :)
xoxo,
Vanessa

rockpaperscissors3 said...

Love this idea! Anything to make the home seem more beachy. These would make good gifts as well.

Molly said...

These are AWESOME! I love all things beachy :-)

Colleen said...

I had to take a double take on your directions, a cereal box, just fabulous. Such a creative mind, thank you for sharing.
Colleen
www.papercoverup.blogspot.com

Sophie said...

Could you post your template so I can use them as a guide? Can't wait to make my own!

Catch A Falling Star said...

I am simply impressed!
They look exactly like the originals!
I think I may have to give them a try.The beach is the theme of our master bath and bedroom.
Thanks for sharing!

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

Thanks for sharing! You are being featured this week at Lines Across My Face.
Rachel

http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/09/cure-for-common-monday-7.html

Pam said...

Amazing.....and to think I recycle my boxes but not like this..

Kim from Maiden D'Shade said...

You are crafty and clever! I love light houses. For the record, I like the look of yours better than your inspiration pieces.

Design DNA said...

This is such a great idea!! Please stop by my link party and show off your work http://stirizsisters.blogspot.com/2011/08/test.html

Corie @ Design DNA

Amanda said...

What a great project! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/lighthouse-candle-holders/

If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
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NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

Totally love these and they are featured on our site at http://nauticalcottageblog.com/2011/09/coastal-crafts-lighthouse-candle-holder/.

Hope you're having a great week.

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

You are a woman after my own heart! Your lighthouses ROCK!! Bravo girl, bravo.

scarlettred41816@aol.com said...

Awesome

Bettsi said...

That is so creative! I'm sure I never would have thought of doing that. They turned out amazing!

Mayje said...

OMG! I love them! I collect lighthouse items and when I saw it first, I never thought it's just made of cardboard! Awesome craft!

Glass Votive Holders said...

The lighthouse design of candle holder is very new and awesome. This will make some beach side restaurant a great look at night on candle light dinner.

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your candleholders are gorgeous - but then I have a 'thang' for lighthouses - love them!! I've got this linked to my candles post too today, for inspiration!

the cape on the corner said...

say what?! wow!

PitterAndGlink said...

Wow! These are awesome! I can't believe they were cereal boxes!

Gabi said...

That is really impressive! At first glance it didn't look like cardboard at all!

~Gay~ said...

Amazing! I totally love when we make something so wonderful...from something that would be thrown out! Thanks for linking...these are wonderful.
~Gay~
itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

Claire said...

Amazing transformation!!I'm your newest follower from tatertots and jello-stop by for a visit!

Laurie R.Miller said...

I have been examinating out some of your articles and it's pretty good stuff. I will definitely bookmark your site.
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wynzia said...

Love this! We're going to use oatmeal containers and a few other modifications to create a Valentine's Day box. So excited to have found your blog. Thanks!

Monica said...

Those turned out great! I found them through Knock Off Decor. I'm getting ready to redo a bedroom in this theme. I'm gonna give them a try for sure. Thanks!

Tami said...

Oh. My. Word. How cute are these!!!
Just happened upon your blog. Love it!!!
Fondly, Tami
www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

Barbara said...

THIS is one of the best projects I've seen in a very long time and I see a lot of projects! You get my applause, and a hearty "attagirl" any old day from me! I think these are just inspired and so, so cool!

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