NYE Candles & Tray

Once we decided to host an oyster roast with friends for New Years Eve, I got all excited about planning the party — probably because I had finished decorating the house for Christmas and needed a new project…  Since Georgia Tech is playing in the Orange Bowl on that night, it only made sense that there would be a gold & white “theme” to our party.  Well cue some Pinteresting, which lead me to a cool idea for making some 2015 candles.

Glitter Candles & Tray

What you’ll need:

  • Pillar candles
  • Gold spray paint
  • Gold glitter spray paint
  • Number stencil
  • Painters tape
  • Wooden tray
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush

On the way home from work I stopped at Hobby Lobby to get the supplies I needed for the candles, and then realized I didn’t have anything to put the candles on.  Instead of a mirror or candle holders, I opted for a small, wooden tray ($5) that I could paint whatever color I wanted and then ensure that no wax would spill on furniture.

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To start, get out the 2015 numbers from the stencil pack and tape one to each pillar candle with the painters tape –> slightly easier said, than done. The 0 and 1 were easy to get on the candles, but parts of the 2 and 5 kept sticking up because of the curve of the candle, so I had to put some painters tape underneath them to get them to stick.

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Once the stencils are taped on, tape around the top and sides of the candle some, so spray paint won’t get on them.  Then you’re ready to paint!  I spray painted 3 coats of gold, and then 2 coats of gold glitter.  I’m sure you could just do the glitter, but I wanted to make sure you could read them.. so did the gold base too.

Spray painting was going great (until it started raining), but I was having issues with #1.  The sides kept trying to open up on the curve, no matter if I held them or tried taping them down, so I knew that one was going to turn out a lil funky.

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When the paint was dried, I brought them inside and peeled off the tape / stencil to see what I was working with…  I knew the 1 was going to be a little janky, but hey — I’ll only burn these bad boys one night.

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On to the tray!  Like I mentioned before, I bought a basic, wooden tray from Hobby Lobby knowing that I’d jazz it up to hold the candles while they burned.  I used acrylic black paint and gave it 2 coats.

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Once it was painted, it was still kinda bland, and I had just used the glitter spray paint on the candles, so I decided to use it on the tray as well!  I took the tray outside and sprayed the inside part, leaving the outside solid black.

Although I’m not a glitter girl, you can’t say no to sparkles on New Years…

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With the tray and candles together, I had an easy 2015 touch for our party.  Plus the whole project was pretty cheap.. which is always good.  Not bad for 2 hours of work!

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Now I’m almost ready for Wednesday!

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