How to Transform a Candle Holder With an Old Black Slip

You’ve seen this biscuit jar filled with lemons used many times before, usually as a pillar candle holder.

Table of Fish for a Day

Table of Fish for a Day

The lid was broken years ago by a child who was prone to such things.  (But, all forgiven of course.)

With Halloween quickly approaching, a transformation was in store for this biscuit jar.  It involves an old lace-adorned black half slip.  (You know I’m not normally one to air old laundry, but this slip had to come out in public for Halloween preparations.)

Old Black Slip DIY

What else do you do with an old black slip?  I can’t exactly cover a pillow because it wouldn’t fit my decor.

To wrap a biscuit jar (or candle holder), flip the slip wrong-side-out.  Draw the sides together in the back and pin in place.  Stretch the slip just a tish for a snug fit.

Old Black Slip DIY

Remove the slip and lay it out flat in a fold.  Measure the pin line from the fold and continue the pin line all the way to the waste band.

Old Black Slip DIYStraight-stitch along the pin line and slip it on for a test.

Old Black Slip DIY

Pin a spot on the slip one to two inches above the jar rim and remove the slip.  Lay it out flat and trim a half an inch on the outside of the stitch line.  Then cut the slip at your pin line – all the way across.

Old Black Slip DIYInvert slip again to right-side-out and slip it over your jar.  Turn the extra fabric to the under side along the rim.

Old Black Slip DIY

Fold it just at the rim all the way around.

Old Black Slip DIY

Your new pillar candle holder needs a few companions, so grab some glass votive cups from your storage drawer (or cabinet).  Collect anything in black lace you have in your house (mine is the table-cloth for tomorrow’s tablescape post), and cut pieces to size.

Old Black Slip DIY

They should be tall enough to mostly cover your cups and wide enough to wrap around and overlap a half-inch.

Brush the first cup with a mixture of half school glue and half water (home-made Mod Podge on the cheap).  Cover the outside to a half-inch from the top – and none on the bottom or the rim.

Glue DIY Prep

Wrap the lace around the cup carefully, dabbing another glob of glue at the overlap.

Glue DIY Prep

Place the jar upside-down and let dry overnight.  Repeat for all cups.

Black Lace Candles DIY

Return the next morning, and Voila!  All done.

Black Lace Candles DIY

That’s the only sneak peek you get.  For tomorrow will be here soon enough – and then you’ll see all the net!

What projects are you preparing this week for Halloween?

Blessings~

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  1. Kate (PAM=Painter Artist Mom) says

    Hahaha, I knew you would come up with a way to use this old slip that has such pretty lace but I would have never thought of this. Good job!

    • says

      You had to know I’d think of something! Karen inspired the votives, too, but mine aren’t nearly as nice as the ones I saw at her link. What I really needed was frosted glass votive cups. They look much better with the lace. 🙂

  2. robin says

    Clever idea!!! The big one would also work well in a bathroom that has a soaking tub.,,,nice dim candle light and a hot bath! (Oh I WISH I had a soaking tub like years ago!)

    • says

      That’s funny, Robin. I have one of those tubs and hadn’t thought of using it there. Thanks for the tip! Calgon, take me away…

  3. Penny says

    Kim,

    I also think this is really clever, thank-you for sharing another one of your creative ideas with us.

    Have a blessed day.

    Penny

    • says

      Thank you, Penny. Not everything comes out perfect, and occasionally I have a project that’s a complete failure. It never hurts to try things, though. Happy Monday! 🙂

  4. says

    Kim, once again you come up with an idea that would have never popped into my head! Come to think of it, I am not sure I own a slip anymore😳. But your idea is clever and unique and can’t wait to see on your Tablescape!
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    • says

      Thank you, Pam. It’s a little bend from my norm, but it’s always fun to do new things. I’m looking forward to your tablescape tomorrow, too.