December 1, 2010

Copycat Pottery Barn candles

I love Pottery Barn, I really do. But the prices? Not so much. In a one-income household with two three children, it simply isn't a realistic buying option.

When I saw these sheet music candles... their catalog (for $16 and $29), I thought, "You know, I bet I could make something similar for A LOT less money." I did, and you can, too. (Hint: they would make super gifts for Christmas, especially for that person who "has everything.")

Materials needed:
Step One: Cut the sheet music to fit. If it isn't wide enough, you can either hide the back of the candle or cut two pieces, trying to make it look as seamless as possible.

Step Two: Tape one end of the music on the candle to position it where you want it, then brush Mod Podge on the back of the music and stick it to the candle. If you want your candle to look its best, take the time to roll it on slowly, pressing out the air bubbles as you go.

Step Three: Apply the Mod Podge over the music. My coat was fairly light, but you could be as generous as you'd like depending on the look you hope to achieve. Let dry. (Mine was dry to the touch within 5 minutes.)

Step Four: Generously brush on the Glaze, making sure you get a uniform coating. The stuff is really easy to work with and is basically fool-proof. If you want to be able to use the candle, not simply use it for decorative purposes, make sure your candle will "tunnel burn" (you may want to have an extra one on hand to test if you aren't sure) and don't coat the top of the candle with the glaze. Let dry. (May take an hour or two.)

Optional: Apply several layers of Glaze in order to achieve a look with more depth.

You're done!

I did three candles in the span of 30 minutes. This is a really easy craft and looks great. And best of all, it won't cost you a fortune!

It's what works for me!


  1. Simply gorgeous candles! I love PB but not their prices. Thanks for sharing.

    Stop over and visit me over at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime!

  2. I used to fancy up candles by using my embossing tool. Unfortunately, I'd always end up melting the candle.

    I like your way better! Too cute. I need to do this for my living room! I haven't heard of gold shimmer mod podge. I'll have to find some.

  3. wow. lovely. thanks for the link to the music sheet too!

  4. Those are so pretty! That is a great idea too!!