I love being inspired by things I see around me.
I love it even more when I’m inspired by something and then knock it off for only a few dollars.
The Nake Berkus collection at Target is a favorite of mine. All the pieces are rich, dynamic, and bold. One item, in particular, that caught my eye when recently browsing the latest additions was the gold tapered candle holder. Pretty fab, but maybe not for $20. Did I really need it? Not so much. But I kept thinking about it and thinking about it. Then an idea popped in my head, I can knock it off. And this is the result…
And guess what, I spent less than $4 to create it. Score!
Here’s what I used:
- (1) 1.25″ sq Wood baluster, 98 cents each @ Lowes
- Drill with 3/4″ bit
- Circular saw
- Hot glue
- Spray paint gold, which was $3 +/-
- Tapered candles
1. Let me start by saying there is no right or wrong to this project. It’s kind of like a jig saw puzzle that anyone can figure out and put together. That being said, I took a 36″ long wood baluster that I found at Lowes for 98 cents and made random cuts in varying lengths, making sure no two pieces were the same height.
2. Once cut, I clamped the wood block so one end was exposed.
3. Then I used a 3/4″ drill bit (which was slightly smaller than the size of my tapered candle. Smaller is better so the candle fits tightly) and drilled about 1/2″ – 3/4″ deep.
4. And it was done. I tested the hole and the candle fit as snug as a bug in a rug!
Once the pieces were done. It was time to play. Again, no right or wrong here!
I just played with the blocks until I found the right combo that looked good to me.
When it got the thumbs up, I was ready to glue.
I carefully took each block and hot glued it to the next. I attached one piece at a time so not to lose the “perfect” design configuration I created.
About 5 minutes later I was done! What I fell in love with the Nate Berkus candle holder was that from every and any angle, the piece was interesting. I wanted to make sure to achieve the same effect with mine. So from 360 degrees, this candle holder is interesting and is an “experience”.
When I was in Architecture school, each project was about the experience. What was to come in front of you and what was behind you. Every view and vantage point should tell a story. At the time, that was a difficult concept to grasp and implement, but now I get it… 10+ years too late. Well actually, I guess it’s never too late. For this project, I think I would have got an A+ for experience.
Anyway, I totally went off-track, but take a look at all sides of this candle holder…
So here comes the glitzy gold part. And the easiest, fastest go-to is spray paint.
A few coats later, here’s the result…
And without candles, this is how the holder turned out…
Pretty neat. My kids call it “the city” because the blocks look like buildings.
And lastly, all lit up…
What do you think? Good knock off? The finish isn’t as shiny as the N.B. style, but it definitely was fun being inspired.