Start with some round and square little wood plaques from the craft store. ( I always have a stash of these ‘on hand’. Buy a few every time they are on sale. SO many uses for them in crafting!)
Then hunted some tin candle pans I had leftover from my ‘primitive days’. You don’t really HAVE to add these, but I do if I have them on hand.
Cut your tables legs down to whatever size you want your pedestals to be. Where the ‘turnings’ are in the wood determines where it’s best to cut on some styles of turned table legs. These two pedestals were made from ONE leg; and I had 3 of those legs which made six pedestals.
Grab a round or square wood plaque to add to your candle base; as shown. (I use e6000 to glue them on) As you can see in the one on the right, I added a second round plaque to the TOP of my pedestal; strictly for decorative purposes.
BUT, if you don’t happen to have any tin candle pans to use (I don’t even know if you can buy these anymore!?!) this is one way you can make your pedestal without them. Of course you wouldn’t actually ever be able to BURN your candles on such a solid wood pedestal! Just remember that your TOP plaque goes on upside down, to allow more surface area to hold your candle.
Here are the six pedestals I made out of three table legs.
I also had 2 table legs with these square sections on them. Decided to cut each leg into 3 pieces; for three graduated sizes of pedestals. Six total from the two legs.
I elected to use the square bases on all of these since the sides of the legs are square. And, as you can see, I used graduated sizes of rusty candle tins on these.
Alas, my tin candle pan stash is dwindling and I had to ‘make do’ with what I had for tin pans for the second set of these.
I glued the candle tins in place using e6000 also. YOU do need to wait a day between ‘gluings’ though. I glued my wood bases on, let cure overnight; then glued on the tins and let cure overnight. For the pedestals with TWO wood plaques, it took an additional day.
Since I needed to prime the tin pans before I could paint them, I just sprayed the whole things with flat black paint.
I painted them two different shades of blue (although BARELY different!) and a sage green. (Brush on acrylic paint this time) I WAS going to use Turquoise, my beachy blue and green, but my beach blue has become SO aqua that it looks almost just like the green?!?!
So the plan was to create 2 sets of three with the square legs and three sets of 2 with the other; so I selected my paint colors accordingly, to have different colors in each set/pair. Then I sanded them; the wood part AND the tin part. And yes, I used my orbital sander. Hand sanding is just too much for my ‘bad back’.
I ALWAYS put candles in candle holders when I am selling them. (and again, I always have a small ‘stash’ of candles for this purpose; mostly purchased on close out). Even just a simple white or cream color candle from the dollar store looks better than NO candle at all when it comes to ‘marketing’ your items. Sometimes the buyer will opt to leave the candle behind and just buy the pedestal. Fine by me! I’ll wrap that candle up and use it again later!
One set of each has gone to my space in Curiosities. (displayed as sets, but priced individually)
A set of each will be going to Stars next week.