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From Candle Holder to Jewelry Holder

Remember this piece from this What the Heck Is It? post. Thanks to you guys I found out that it’s a vintage Dilly candle holder.



When my reader friend Dona sent this to me awhile back I had a few ideas of how to repurpose it, but none of them worked out. Then when I saw the pics in the What the Heck post it suddenly came to me.



I wanted to keep the silver areas silver so I covered them up with painters tape.

Then I went into my jello mold stash and  found the perfect one. The green tape square is so that glue will stick to the unpainted surface.


Then all it took was 3 light coats of a pretty pink chalky finish spray paint, and once it was dry I gave it a light spray with a chalky finish wax coating.

I love pink and silver together.



I glued the jello mold to the top with Marine Goop Adhesive because that’s what I had on hand, but E6000 would probably work too.

And just like that… it was done.

I’m using this for my jewelry that I wear more often. The rest of my jewelry is kept on my repurposed cooking grill jewelry organizer.


from candle holder into jewelry holder

Here I’ve hung the earrings I wear most often, and one of my favourite necklaces is in the jello mold.



More earrings around the back.



The hook that’s meant for a candle snuffer is the perfect place to hang my vintage butterfly charm bracelet, one of my prized possessions.

I only wear it on special occasions, but I love to look at it every day.



I don’t wear many bracelets, rings, or brooches,.. but here are a few favourites.


Repurposed candle holder into jewelry holder

It now sits on the dresser in my bedroom looking all pretty.  Thanks a million Dona!

So far the cats have left it completely alone.  We’ll see how long that lasts. lol.


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How to Repurpose a Vintage Candle Holder into a Jewelry Holder by Thrifty Rebel Vintage


So the next time you don’t know what to do with a particular item try taking a picture of it on a neutral background. This allows you to see it all by itself, without all the stuff around it that can be distracting.

Doing that certainly helped me in this case, so maybe it will help you too.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Stunning and Oh, so very clever. What a wonderful idea.
    You totally amaze me at times on how great your mind works coming up with such unique and wonderful ideas.
    Great job my dear.

    1. Thanks very much Colleen.

  2. I never would have thought of that! Turned out to be one of my best purchases ever!!! I actually have some old screwdrivers for you that I got on a trip to Bisbee last spring, but, uh, I can’t seem to find them at the moment! Soon, my friend, soon. Dona

    1. Thanks again Dona, and I can totally relate to that. I’m often finding things I completely forgot I even had. 🙂

  3. I love it! I had to laugh at your kitty comment…I have a couple that would love to sit and gently bat at those pretty dangles. Good Luck! And I absolutely love your butterfly charm bracelet! Did you get it complete or is it something you’ve collected?

    1. So far so good with the kitties Linda. Fingers crossed. lol. I bought the butterfly bracelet about 20 years ago from an artisan who used vintage and salvaged jewelry to make charm bracelets. She had many different themes to her bracelets, but one thing they had in common is that they were all incredibly beautiful. I’ve enjoyed it all these years, and it’s still one of my favourite things.

      1. I can see why it would be a favorite with you! ….and hopefully not with the felines. Kitty proofing can be so difficult when you craft and love having your favorite stuff out to enjoy!

        1. I hear that Linda! I’m lucky they haven’t found it yet. If, or should I say when (lol), they do I have a shelf where I can keep it safe, but I can also see it and have access at the same time.

  4. Such a great color pink. It’s a Barbie pink as we called it back in the day. My daughters had everything Barbie and that pink was everywhere.
    Love it.

    1. Thanks Kelly, yes it does look like that Barbie pink. I think I remember having a plastic barbie case that colour.

    1. Thanks very much Kris!

  5. Mother Deer says:

    What a clever repurpose for your candle holder! When I was researching your Dilly mystery item, I saw one that had been painted pink and thought of you immediately. Adding the jello mold at the top makes the proportions really pleasing for your finished product. Another fabulous and useful creation 🙂

    1. Thanks Mother Deer. I do love pink!

  6. Such a cute idea. Works great for jewelry. I like the pink with the silver also. Judy

    1. Thanks very much Judy.

  7. It is so cute and perfect for every day jewelry! You get to see how cute it is every time you reach for a piece to wear. The square unpainted spot is so clever!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I love having a place for my every day pieces, with a few extra special favourites thrown in.

  8. Oh my goodness! That is lovely and aren’t you the clever one? Of course, we already know you are. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Debbie. 🙂

  9. Oh the lavender really brings it out…now so pretty! I knew you were going to come up with something clever!

    1. Thanks so much Florence! It’s a keeper.

  10. Tuula, such a clever idea and you know I share your love of pink 😉 Hugs, Cecilia

    1. Oh yes Cecilia. I do know that. I think we’d agree that every room needs a little pink. 🙂

  11. Super project, Tuula! So much creative genius in one person 🙂 Thanks for sharing your project with us at Vintage Charm–

    1. Thanks so much Diana! I love that I have a place for my everyday jewelry. So far the cats are letting me keep it out on the dresser. lol.

  12. Jann Olson says:

    You come up with some of the cleverest ideas! Super cute. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thanks so much Jann! It’s always a pleasure to join the party and see all the great inspiration out there.

    1. Thanks very much Sharon!