New Life for Thrift Finds

Do you remember the candle sticks I showed you in my recent thrifty finds post?
If not, I’ll give you a second to refresh your memory…

…. Good? Now you remember?

I thought I’d share what I did with them.

I didn’t keep them as candlesticks.
I gave them new life as…

A base for a cake stand.

And a base for the bowl I bought that day as well for a candy bowl.
(How perfect right?!)

The pair together.

The greens one got the same new life opportunity.
Small candy bowl.

Mini cake stand.

Adorable pair!

I love how they turned out. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now but just haven’t found the pieces to use. So glad I finally did. I just bought the clear plates and bowls at Target for about a $1.50 or less. Fabulous right?!

These will soon find their way into my Etsy shop.

UPDATE TO POST: Many of you asked what we used to glue them together. We used something called “The Amazing Goop.” We bought in the glue/epoxy aisle at Lowe’s. We also bought it in clear. There are many other glues/epoxies out there you could use as well.

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  • Cassie
    February 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    You are so brilliant, Allison! I love these 😀

  • Me N My Thrifty Ideas
    February 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Those look awesome!

  • Michelle @ Dream Home DIY
    February 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Oh my word, that blue bowl and candle stick combo are GORGEOUS!!

  • Pam
    February 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Those turned out super cute! We are going thrifting today…. gonna see what I can find to replicate! (what did you use as adhesive?)

  • Stuff by Ash
    February 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Gorgeous! I loove the green!

  • Christina
    February 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Beautiful, Allison!! They look so great!! 🙂

  • Jennifer
    February 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    OMG, OMG, OMG!! First of all, I LOVE that blue! Great find. Second, I saw several green glass pieces at the thrift store last week and really liked them, but had no clue what I would do with them. I'm going back to get them! I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Oh, and I'm a new follower! 🙂
    Scissors & Spatulas

  • Pam
    February 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    They turned out great..and the greem just makes them pop!

  • Jemsmom
    February 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Love love love these Allison!!! They are perfect! I adore the blue base and bowl. How perfect is that?!?

  • Krafty Kat
    February 3, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Love the turquoise with the bowl on top- gorgeous! What a great job!

  • Davis and Laura
    February 3, 2011 at 3:19 am

    love those colors! makes me miss spring! 🙂 what did you use to glue them together. i have something like this in my living room and it keeps falling apart. a little help…

  • Mandy @ Creekside Creations
    February 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Very cute! I love the colors you chose!

  • Christina
    February 4, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I still loooove these 🙂 Seriously, super cute!!

    Thanks so much for linking up!! 🙂

  • Anonymous
    February 4, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Alison – I love how your turned out. I'm going to start keeping an eye out for the colored glass candlesticks. I used E6000 when I did mine – dries clear but you can see the outline of it if you look. Had thought of trying the slilcone some folks use on the next batch. love to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • AllMich
    February 4, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I can't remember exactly what we used to glue them together. It is some sort of epoxy. I will find it and let you guys know. I'll edit the post with the info.

  • Karie's Chic Creations
    February 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Wow, you did a great job. I love them. I have been gluing candlesticks to dishes, but I use gorilla glue and I don't like it. What do you use. . . ? Thanks for sharing your great idea. Hugs, Karie

  • Happier Than a Pig in Mud
    February 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

    They turned out cute, love the colors of the candlesticks:@)

    February 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Awesome!!! I bought two frosted candlesticks [very small] and after seeing your creations, I think I'll do the very same. Do you use Gorilla Glue?

    My show n tell link: My latest art sketch


    Hope you can find time to stop by. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • abeachcottage
    February 5, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Very nice and cute. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  • Young and Crafty
    February 5, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Oh my that turquoise is just divine! I would love to have it 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to FFA!

    Hannah @

  • Anonymous
    February 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Love the turq. glass!! Looks great!

  • Ethnic Girl Fun
    February 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Just beautiful!

  • Jayna Rae
    February 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    That candy dish is a perfect color match. It looks like it came that way.
    I really need to make myself a cake plate.

  • Meg
    February 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Ah…..VERY NICE! I love the bright colors!

  • Jill
    February 7, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Oh they look fabulous! Such a simple idea !

    I'd love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:

    Hope you have a lovely week!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • amy@flexibledreams
    February 7, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Really nice job! I love how they turned out. And I'm looking forward to learning what adhesive you used! Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous
    February 7, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Simply brilliant! Just love a footed bowl and what's not to love about aqua or green glass? Winning combination!

  • AllMich
    February 7, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Many of you asked what we used to glue them together. We used something called "The Amazing Goop." We bought in the glue/epoxy aisle at Lowe's. We also bought it in clear. There are many other glues/epoxies out there you could use as well.

  • Marissa
    February 7, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Those are fantastic! I just went thriftstoring and saw some wonderful candlesticks. Now I'll have to go back and buy them! Thanks!

  • Anonymous
    February 7, 2011 at 10:31 am

    great finds, and great job on their mini makeovers!
    [i'm also a {recently retired} military spouse.] 🙂
    many blessings,

  • Valencia
    February 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Those look beautiful!! So simple too.

  • PartyMom
    February 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I would have never guessed that the footed bowl wasn't made that way! Fantastic!

  • Custom Comforts
    February 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Very nice! What kind of glue did you use to put them together?

  • Carmie of the Single Nester
    February 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love anything turquoise!

  • Stacey
    February 8, 2011 at 2:46 am


    I want the blue ones! I looooove anything blue! They were so pretty just as candle sticks, but blow you away gorgeous like this!!

  • Christina @ The Tattered Tag
    February 8, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Kudos! You make thrifty look so chic. Your creativity is inspiring. Please share that by linking to my blog bash K.I.S.S. I also host The Homespun Slate @ The Tattered Tag, a fun gathering spot for on-line specialty shops.

  • High Street Cottage
    February 8, 2011 at 5:09 am

    You really did a great job, I would never have known they had a previous life as candle sticks. I have the honor of being your "linky neighbor" over at Coastal Charm, have a wonderful week, tami

  • Meghan
    February 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Those are both beautiful!!!! I love the cake stand idea. I have been wanting a cake stand, so I think I will be visiting some thrift stores soon.

  • Humble Homemaker
    February 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Love the idea! I think I will have to head out to my local flea market this weekend… 🙂

  • Michelle
    February 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, just wow!

  • Terry
    February 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Love the new twist on an old project. You bright colors and all in glass make this outstanding. Check out my site for my giveaway.

  • Laurie at Turner Farm
    February 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    They look fabulous ~

  • Judy
    February 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Those are really beautiful. I am hosting a link party that opens up tonight at 8pm EST. This would be great for you to link up. I hope you will stop by.

  • Red Door Home
    February 9, 2011 at 12:08 am

    This is a very clever and unique idea which I have not seen before. Love the mix of glass colors.

  • Kristen @
    February 9, 2011 at 2:02 am

    these are SO pretty!! I love the colors! What amazing finds! Thanks so much for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings!

  • April
    February 9, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Fun! What a great idea!

  • Amanda Dale
    February 9, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Love it and love the colors! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Mallory
    February 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Very cute! Those are great colors!

  • Mandy @ Sugar Bee Craft Edition
    February 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition – I featured you today! – Mandy,

  • The Loops
    February 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I'm your newest follower. I love these finds. I never find good stuff thrifting. I'm totally jealous. I'd love for you to visit my blog sometime!

  • Jen @ Life with Jen and Ronnie
    February 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Seriously LOVE these colors! So cute!

  • Judy
    February 10, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I'm so glad you linked up this post to my party. Hope to see you at next week's party again.

  • very merry vintage style
    February 10, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Love the color of that turquoise piece! They turned out great–thanks for showing these!

  • Shannon
    February 10, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Okay, I'm totally in love with these. They turned out beautifully! I love the colors!

  • CAS
    February 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    The altered glass pieces look wonderful. I've done several of the $Store hurricanes & candlesticks, but have yet to find some cool pieces like you found. I keep looking, though, and keep collecting great ideas of how to put them together. Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower.

  • Kristen
    March 2, 2011 at 2:58 am

    That's a great idea! I'll have to see if I can part with any of my candlesticks and try this out. Thanks for the idea!

  • bonniemomof5
    April 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I have made some of these myself. I have a question though, did you find colored candle sticks (I haven't seen any as of yet) or what did you use to color them? The paints I have used covers it solidly. Thanks ahead of time for your help! 🙂

  • SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime
    June 13, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Hi, Allison! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party 🙂