Repurposed Vintage Cheese Graters

In this Finds of the Week post from a while back I showed you some vintage cheese graters that I thrifted. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them, but didn’t know how I was going to do it.
 How to make a repurposed grater candle holder

Vintage Cheese Grater Candle Holder

There were three sets of three graters with three different sizes of holes.

This is pretty much the story of my repurposing life. lol. I can often  see the end result long before I know how to get there, and sometimes I never get there… but it’s fun trying.

Then one day at the hardware store I saw this….

beautiful shiny flexible, but strong, copper wire….

and I knew this wasn’t going to be one of those never times.

All I needed for this project was three graters, my lovely copper wire, and some needle nose pliers.


I could have used three of the same size graters, but I thought it would be more interesting to use three different ones.


Vintage Cheese Grater Candle Holder

To start I had to stabilize my graters so I wrapped the corners with thin strips of painters tape.


Making a Cheese Grater Candle Holder

Then I joined the graters, one corner at a time, with the copper wire by wrapping it around…


Making a Cheese Grater Candle Holder

and around…


Making a Cheese Grater Candle Holder

and around three times… making sure it was tight enough to be secure, but not too tight.

Then I just used my pliers to press the ends in nice and snug underneath.


Making a Cheese Grater Candle Holder / www.thriftyrebel.com


This is the bottom…. done.


Making a Cheese Grater Candle Holder

I found some chain in my stash to use for hangers, and I ran the copper wire through the bottom loop of the chain on the second time around.


Making a Cheese Grater Candle Holder

Then I wrapped the copper wire around just like the bottom corners.


Making a Cheese Grater Candle Holder

Here’s one done.

Making a Cheese Grater Candle Holder

This pewter hummingbird tealight holder from my stash fits perfectly in the bottom, and it slides out easily if it ever needs to be cleaned of wax.

I added a few vintage glass chandelier crystals for some bling, and a pinkalicious candle to finish it off.

Repurposed Cheese Grater Candle Holder
I love pink and silver together, but I pretty much love pink and anything together. lol.
Here are a few night shots.


Repurposed Cheese Grater Candle Lantern



Repurposed Cheese Grater Candle Lantern

I really love outside candlelight. A few years I turned an ugly chandelier into an outdoor candelier.

Cheese Grater Garden Lantern

No vintage cheese graters were harmed during the making of this project. lol.

The copper wire can easily be removed with pliers and the cheese graters will be free to grate once again… or be made into something else.

Hmmm… Now I have a few ideas for the other graters.


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How to make a repurposed grater candle holder

Thanks so much for reading, and please always exercise caution when dealing with lit candles. Never leave them unattended.

Until next time… keep on keepin’ on.


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  1. Wow! That's really thinking outside the box! What a unique candleholder or lantern! Once again, you've come up with a fabulous idea – this time using vintage graters!!!

  2. Tuula you never stop amazing me with your creativity. This is a very cool idea. Love it.
    Happy New Week.

    1. Thanks so much b! It was kinda hard to get the night pics, but I did my best.

  3. What a clever idea! I love this idea and the addition of the crystals. I'll never look at a cheese grater the same way again. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  4. This is just amazing! So simple, yet so dramatic! Those night shots really show it off! Your talent never disappoints! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! I have to say that I did have a little trouble taking those night shots, but they're not too terrible. lol.

  5. This is so, so, so cute and clever, my friend! I always look forward to your posts because I know you will share something fun and unique. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

  6. You did it again, Tuula, this is so creative and so very Tuula. I love the fact that it will last and weather as the seasons pass with a new bit of patina each year;-)

  7. Tuula, this is so cute! I have to show my sister in law- when she was divorcing my brother he demanded the cheese grater so it's a big laugh between us! Really? The cheese grater was what he wanted? Yep, he's nuts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Hi Tuula and Happy Monday! I wanted to let you know that this post will be featured at today's Roses of Inspiration….thanks for sharing your loveliness with us! Hugs!

  9. This is absolutely a great idea! I have a couple of these old graters but never thought to use them for this adorable hanging "lantern"!

  10. Love this idea Tuula. It's so darn cute! Thanks for sharing it with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.

  11. Never would have thought of this! Great idea. Visiting from Roses of Inspiration.

  12. It's fabulous Tuula – and really comes alive at night – what a beautiful piece !
    I would never – not in a million years – think of the garden art you create – just magical !

  13. Tuula,

    What a very clever idea to repurpose graters into candle holders! So fun and pretty.

    catching you!

  14. Oh goodness how I LOVE this project! Never thought to take single graters to make something like this. Featuring you on Party Junk this upcoming Friday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. OMGEE, love this, Tuula! Thanks for all the great closeup shots, too!

    1. Thanks Michelle! You’re so welcome.