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Monday, November 26, 2012

Pottery Barn Candle Knockoff

This Christmas, why not wow with a gift that looks like it came straight from Pottery Barn?

Where else would you go to create your Pottery Barn inspired gift?  The Dollar Store or Goodwill, of course.

Load up your basket with a glass candle stick, a tall glass vase, a pillar wax candle {which is becoming harder to find these days}, some white tissue paper, and a bag of cranberries (okay, you might have to go to the grocery store to buy the cranberries).

To create your hurricane, you’ll need some Gorilla Glue. Apply some Gorilla Glue to the top of your candle stick. Be warned: a little goes a long way. Put the candle stick on top of the vase and allow plenty of time for it to dry and adhere.

Now to give your pillar candle some Christmas cheer. The possibilities are endless, you could add a black and white picture or a poem to your candle. I decided to add some Christmas music to my candle.
Whatever you decide to add to your candle, you’ll need to print it onto your tissue paper. First, grab a piece of card stock (the color does not matter), some tissue paper, and some tape.

Tape your tissue paper onto the card stock.  To prevent printer jams, make sure you tape all edges of the tissue paper onto the card stock.

Make sure to load the tissue paper into your printer in the direction that will result in the tissue paper side being printed on and not the card stock. Then print your design. You may also want to guide the card stock/tissue paper by gently pushing down on it as the printer is pulling it through.

When it comes out of the printer, it should look something like this:

Cut the edges to free your printed tissue paper. This is far easier then trying to remove the pieces of tape.

Wrap the tissue paper around your pillar candle. I secured my tissue paper into place using a few push pins.

Grab your hair dryer. Set it on high or hot and begin to apply heat to the tissue paper.  You will start to see the candle wax grabbing ahold of the tissue paper.

Continue working your way around the candle, heating every part of the tissue paper to the pillar candle.The last step, putting it all together. Put some of those cranberries into the bottom of the hurricane vase.

Then add your pillar candle.

What’s better than a Pottery Barn gift? A gift made from the heart on a Dollar Store budget.

*I shared this post, last year, on Money Savings Mom, when it seemed like the wax candles were easier to find and my photography skills were obviously lacking :)

And be sure to check out my other Christmas inspired posts:

Star Wars Ornaments
DIY Advent Calendar
DIY Santa Beard


  1. Those vases and candle sticks from the Dollar Tree are my favorite. I love what you did with the candle...what a great idea. You know I love knock offs and this one is perfect! Megan

  2. i really like this idea amy, that music print out that you adhered to the candle is really nice...


  3. Okay, that trick with the candle and the blow dryer is really cool! I'm going to have to try that! :)

  4. I LOVE this idea! I never knew that you can do this with tissue paper and a hair dryer! Learning new things every day. Thanks for sharing Amy. I'll be pinning this awesome idea!

  5. I'm with Elena - the hair dryer trick is really cool! Thanks for sharing

  6. i luv this - i'm gonna do it and the lampshade tut i found on another blog to match! oh! i luv the new header!

  7. Nice to see you are still creating sweet little DIY's! Thanks so much for the wedding wishes...maybe now I can catch up on my blog reading! Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving:)

  8. Wow, that is really pretty but the tissue paper trick has the brain ticking. What type of printer are you using?

  9. It is amazing that you can do that with tissue paper and a hair dryer!!! It is so pretty. Love what you did with the candlestick and vase. I can see this being adapted for any holiday, or just for year-round. Such a great idea.

  10. Amy this is so pretty and I can think of a million cute ways to use these ideas besides just the candle...but first...I'm forwarding this to Judy because I know she'll want to see that printing on tissue paper thing (amazing!) and then putting it on the candle (awesomeness). Thank you my dear!

  11. I am dazzled! That tissue paper printing/hair drying thing just blew my mind.

  12. I love the way it turned out. Such a great idea. And a great tutorial! I love your new banner (not that I didn't love the other one too).

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


  13. Great idea and it looks like it came straight from Pottery Barn!!
    Mary Alice

  14. I'm definitely trying this! Those candles look awesome!

  15. i love this, you made it look so simple and beautiful! pinned it. :)

  16. Amy you did a great job, I love how it turned out.

  17. Love it Amy! So tell me ... can you light the candle? Or would that set the thing afire ...



  18. I have one string of wood cranberries that look great, but really what can I do with only one strand? SO I can cut them off and use them in something like this.

    Soon all my mismatched Christmas parts will have new purpose.


  19. I love it! It's the whole package of cuteness. And classy cuteness at that!

    hugs x

    1. It's a small world! Filled with creative awesomeness by people like you!


  20. Very pretty! And such a cool new blog layout! Looks very professional

  21. You. Are. Awesome. I LOVE the tissue paper on the candle, and now my head is kind of swimming with all the possibilities. Genius.

    Also, I love your new header!

  22. Looks great! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  23. Ohhhh! Super cute idea! Ill have to be on the hunt for a wax candle. You are so dang crafty!

  24. I love your PB Candle!! Sooo pretty :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  25. Very cool, I never realized you could do that! There are so many options for customizing candles this way, I love it. :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  26. What a fantastic idea! I'd skip the cranberries (won't they go bad and mushy??) and just do the candle in the glass. Thanks for the tip about the tissue paper printing and transfer. That's fantastic! :D

  27. I had no idea you could print on tissue paper. This is a fantastic idea - thanks for sharing!

  28. Hi Amy, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from Fantabulous Friday.

    This is fantastic! Job VERY well done, girl. And you make it look so simple. And all while wearing heels!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  29. Love the music part. Very cool (oops or is that hot)?I'm following you. Thanks for linking to Adorned from Above party. Best wishes, Linda

  30. Super cute, I can't wait to try this!


  31. Fantastic idea! Love the instructions for the candle too.

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  32. I love this, so pretty! So glad you shared on "I Gotta Try That" Have a great week!

  33. This is beautiful! I love the music notes and the cranberries. Great decoration idea! I'm pinning this and featuring this on my blog tonight!

  34. Amy,
    This is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party starts at 12:01AM on Wednesday and runs through Sunday night. Have a great week.
    Debi, Joye and Myrna (The Busy Bee's), Linda (Two Succulent Sisters)


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