Metal Tealight Holders In Minutes

Sweet, sweet summertime where are you going? I feel like it was just Memorial Day weekend and now August is tomorrow. In between weddings, grill outs, and summer vacation, a girl still has to get in her crafts!

If there is one thing I've learned over time, it is that not every DIY or craft project has to take a lot of time. I have been loving all the copper and gold home accessories lately. H&M Home has some really great copper stuff right now in its new Home collection. While H&M's prices are reasonable, some retailers are charging $50 for a set of 3 metal tealight holders. Yeah, no thanks. I'd rather save my money for other summer fun.

I'd read a blog post awhile back talking about cheap and easy thrift store items to makeover. The post suggested getting old brass candlesticks, tealight holders, etc. and spray painting them. A friend of mine successfully did this with brass candlesticks and high gloss black paint a few years back, so I decided this could easily satisfy my copper fix. Off to the store, I went.

First, I got Copper spray paint. You can order on Amazon here, although Michael's and Home Depot often sell it for around $5. It's good to pick a color that you want to use for other projects. Then, I stopped at Goodwill to go treasure hunting. I found a set of three tealight holders that looked similar, but each had a slightly similar pattern. Score! Only $0.49 a piece! I took them home, laid down a tarp, and first sprayed the outside. When they were dry, (about 30 minutes later) I sprayed the inside. Done and done. They look great with wood accents. Gotta love a project that's cheap and easy!

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Quick Reference: Materials and Cost

  • Brass/metal tealight holders (Check thrift stores or clearance aisles)

  • Can of metallic spray paint ($5-$8)