DIY Candles: Ba-Dah Bling !

March 4th, 2009
I had some leftover nailheads from my last DIY project (headboard with nailhead trim) and I got to thinking, I bet I could bling up some candles. Then I went a little crazy at the craft store, and bought some additional embellishments. I also raided my craft box, filled with ribbon remnants, leftover brads, and other trim. Here goes:

Basic Slate Blue Candle, on sale at Michaels for $10. Here is the candle four ways:

Above, the candle is fashioned country style. I used the twine that came with the candle, and inserted a bit of hydrangea, dried from my fall garden.

Here, I added some velvet ribbon and paired it with some bronze satin ribbon. I attached a brown flower embelishment.

Blue candle wanted a bit more bling, so I draped it with a necklace, and placed it on my vanity. It was happy, until…

I tempted blue slate candle with a super blingy rhinestone applique, and here the candle found it’s new home, on the end of my master bath double vanity. ((Almost) diamonds are a candle’s best friend too.)

Next came the leftover bronze candle from Christmas. What to do?

I added a “belt” made from the bronze ribbon, an earring, and some nailhead trim. Here it sits in my office.

Have you ever considered using your candles as jewelry holders? Here, my bronze candle sits in my master bedroom, wrapped in some simple brown raffia and it holds some of my favorite chandeliers.

Spring is near, so why not dress up a beautiful green candle and set it next to some spring bulbs?

Simple ribbon, a flower embellishment, and two rhinestone brads.

Not so crazy about this one, but I do like the simplicity of just ribbon and flowers here.

Oh, la la, so haute. I bought the above necklace in a vintage store in New Orleans ten years ago, and it is so sexy underneath my Rodin “Kiss” statue (I paid $10 for that statue in Paris years ago. Such a touristy souvenier, but I love it!)

Simple nail heads paired with those earrings I never wear, above now pay tribute on my dining room console.

This sassy little sea blue candle wanted to play with the same velvet ribbon and some aqua beaded trim, and hang around my bathtub.

Next, it had some fun in my sixteen year old stepdaughter’s surfer themed room.

Finally, sea blue candle and her sister were covered with floral ribbon and brads, and will be packaged in cellophane and become gifts for my girlfriends.

I never liked pink until I had a baby girl, and then pink just becomes part of your DNA after that.

Here, pink candle tries on some of mama’s jewelry, and poses in Junior CG’s room.

Pink candle found its home on display next to my daughter’s collectibles, after being embellished with pearls and rhinestones. Another version of this would make a great wedding or baby shower gift.

Oh, the places you can go with a plain vanilla candle.

Above, I attached a floral pin I had sitting around in my accessories stash. Here, vanilla candle poses on my living room mantel.

Some leftover golden decor from Thanksgiving has been trimmed, and glued, to these taller vanilla candles. They reside above my fireplace in my family room.

Master bedrooms need a lot of candles. This one has new neck wear and sits on my husband’s highboy dresser.

This vanilla candle is trying on some bronze ribbon and one of my favorite summer bracelets.

Vanilla candle finds a resting place in my downstairs half bathroom, showing off some of my other favorite summer bracelets, and reminding all who enter of the time.

What are your ideas for making your candles fabulous?


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DIY: Fabric Headboard with Nailhead Trim

February 28th, 2009
I have long been in love with fabric headboards, whether tufted, trimmed in wood, or trimmed with nailheads. I really wanted one for my master bedroom, with the perfect combination of feminine fabric and the masculine effect of nailhead trim. For the longest time, I thought I’d have to save up for one of those beauties from Restoration Hardware or Williams-Sonoma Home, which cost in the neighborhood of $1,000. (Yes, there are alternatives less than $500 online, but I don’t trust the quality…)

Here is the Restoration Hardware version:

And the Williams-Sonoma Home version: This DIY project is not complicated at all. It just takes a few supplies and an afternoon. Here is my final product. I am loving this look for our bedroom !


1.5 inch thick plywood cut to specifications (best to have a carpenter or someone handy with skillsaw do this, especially if you want some curvature.) (Cost: $25 for plywood + $35 labor)

Fabric of choice that is railroaded (to avoid seam down middle), or fabric with repeat that runs both horizontal and vertical. Purchase enough fabric to cover the entire headboard with at least 6 inches to spare on each side. [My fabric is Isaccs in Canvas, from Calico Corners. It is a neutral velvet with subtle diamond pattern sewn into fabric.] (Cost: $70)

Batting (Cost: $10)

Staple gun and staples

Nailhead trim kit (Cost: $12)

Rubber mallet (Cost: $6)

Interlocking brackets for wall hanging (Cost: $7 for 2 brackets)

Instructions: Begin by having plywood trimmed to your specifications. I gave my carpenter the exact width of my mattress, because I knew the batting and fabric would add 1/2 inch on each side. I drew a diagram of the curvature I desired, and he cut it to my specs.

Next, iron your fabric if necessary to remove any wrinkles. Lay the fabric down on a large, flat surface (like your dining room table). Lay the batting on top of the fabric. Lay the plywood on top of the fabric.

Next, pull the fabric and batting until it is smooth and tight (but not taut). Staple the first side with the staples about 8 inches apart. Avoid the corners for now. Move to the other side of your headboard and repeat. Make sure your fabric pattern repeat is lining up correctly. Now staple the bottom with staples about 8 inches apart, again avoiding the corners. Once you confirm your fabric pattern is straight, you are ready to move on to the corners and the top.

For the upper corners, pull the fabric so that it is smooth in the front as it curves around the corner. You will have to use the staple gun to overlap your fabric on the back in order to ensure a smooth rounded corner. Repeat on the other upper corner.

The hardest part of the whole project is getting the fabric just right around the top rounded edge. If you’ve chosen a flat top headboard, without any curve, you’ll not have to deal with this headache. Pull the fabric in the very center over the top and secure it with one staple. Gently work the fabric one side at a time from the center staple to the upper corner, smoothing and securing with one staple at a time. At first, staple every 6 inches or so, then come back and fill in when you have the fabric smoothed just right. You want to avoid any creases or fabric overlap from the front. Your fabric will be bunching on the rear side, but no one will see it so no worries.

Flip your headboard over in order to trim with nailheads. Walk your nailhead trim around the headboard, gently pounding in the nailheads with a rubber mallet. You cannot use a regular hammer since the metal head will destroy the delicate nailhead. I chose to use a trim kit that only required a nail every 5 spaces, making life a lot easier.

Have a a friend help you secure the interlocking brackets to the back, and the other bracket to a wall stud. Hang headboard behind bed.

Voila ! A wonderful headboard in just an afternoon. My husband loves it and still can’t believe I did it myself. Even my mom has asked me to do one for her guest room. Total cost: $165.

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