I am a sucker for anything that looks worn, and well-loved. Today’s 4th of July DIY patriotic candlesticks will blend right in with the antiques I already have in my home decor. I like when holiday decorations are subtle, and honestly, I may just leave these out all year long.
Supplies needed to make your own 4th of July DIY Candlesticks:
- 6″ White Wood Letters: U, S, A
- Americana Decor White Chalk Paint
- Martha Stewart Matte Chalk Paint: Sailor Blue, Beetle Black, Red Wagon
- Varathane One Step Stain and Polyurethane
- Unfinished Wooden Candlestick (3 per set)
- Natural 1.5″ Wood Circle (3 per set, not shown in sample photo)
- Assorted Grit Sandpaper Pack
Prepare your wooden items by removing any stickers. Then coat all wooden items with stain.
The stain doesn’t need to be pretty. We will be distressing everything later. You could skip staining the white letters. I chose to stain them because I wanted the chalk paint to be darker than the color in the bottles.
Let the stain dry, and then coat all of your items with your choice of chalk paint.
Again, the painting doesn’t need to be great. I did paint two coats on my chalk painted items. Let everything dry completely.
Then we are going to hit it all with some sandpaper.
For the candlesticks, I found it easiest to wrap the sandpaper around the candlestick and twist the candlestick in my hand. That evenly sanded down into the grooves of the wood.
Sand your letters as well. I chose to sand in a cross-hatch pattern.
When you sand your letters it will pull up the original white surface. I loved the look! Especially the blue- it looks like worn jeans.
Wipe all of your sanded wooden pieces with a damp towel to remove any sawdust.
Then glue your stained wooden discs to the top of each of your candlesticks.
The discs are optional, but they give a more finished look to the candlesticks, and provide a solid surface for the letters to be adhered to.
Next, adhere your wooden letters to the tops of the candlesticks.
To be honest, I just used plain old hot glue for this. I like the control and it seems like every year when I pack decorations away, things pop apart, and hot glue is by far the easiest to fix!
Now choose a spot to display your USA patriotic decor! Perfect for a mantle, shelf, or table runner. I love that the candlesticks are tall, and leave room for me to style the bottom of the surface they sit on-with maybe a garland, flag runner or a sprinkling of stars.
How would you style your 4th of July DIY patriotic candlesticks?
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).