How to Make Pedestal Stands from Thrift Store Candle holders

DIY pedestals from candleholders and tart pans

diy pedestal stands made with candleholders and tart pans with fall decor

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DIY Pedestal Stand from Wooden Candleholders and Tart Pans

I've got a super simple and cute project for you today. It turned out even nicer than I had imagined and that always a good thing, right? Plus I only used items from my stash so it's a big win all the way around! 

It's all part of this month's Thrifty Style Team Challenge hosted by my friend Julie at Redhead Can Decorate. The challenge is to share a project or decorating idea using things that are low budget, thrifted, or free. You can see all of this month's projects and ideas at the bottom of the post and there are some amazing ones!

rustic diy pedestal stand with paper mache pumpkin and acorns

For quite some time, okay so maybe around 2 years, I've had these wooden candleholders that I found at the thrift store. And I've had the very used tart pans for even longer. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them but have never gotten around to the project until now. 

Have you ever done that? Have you procrastinated a simple project or chore until you got just the right kick in the rear? It happens to me pretty regularly, lol. That's one reason why I'm so glad I'm part of this creative team. It pushes me to do things that I might not be motivated to do otherwise. 

fall decor on diy pedestal stands made with wooden candleholders and tart pans

Anyway, my vision for these items was a somewhat rustic pedestal stand that could be used for candles, decor, or small desserts. You could even put a small cloche on it. 

The tart pans I used are ones that I found at an estate sale for no more than $1 a piece (because they're VERY used), but you could definitely use new tart pans. They're available in several sizes and come in silver, champagne, and copper colors too. I think the copper ones would be amazing for fall and might try to do something with those at some point in the future. 

distressed paint finish on diy pedestal stands made from wooden candleholders and tart pans

I ended up putting this paper mache pumpkin on one of them with some natural fall items like nuts, pine cones, acorns, and more. The paper mache pumpkin project was something else I've thought about doing for a while. I don't have a tutorial for it but it was simple enough to do. 

paper mache pumpkin on diy pedestal stand made from wooden candleholder and tart pan

In case you're interested in that project, I started with a cheap white pumpkin from the craft store. I tore some vintage sheet music into irregular shapes and painted them with watercolor paint to give them the orange shade. Then I applied them to the pumpkin and sealed it all with some Mod Podge

little white pumpkin and pine cone with diy pedestal stand made with wooden candleholders and tart pans

Back to the pedestals. I used some paint and supplies from my stash so I didn't actually spend anything at this time on this little project. If I had to buy all the supplies new, I could probably get by with spending less than $50 for everything. 

Here's a quick tutorial for how I made these pedestal stands. 

How to make pedestals from candleholders and tart pans

Yield: 2
Author: Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge
Estimated cost: $10

DIY Pedestals from Thirft Store Candleholders

Add style while saving money with this easy DIY project.
prep time: 10 Mperform time: 45 Mtotal time: 55 M



  1. Using a clean cloth, wipe a prepaint cleaner over the surface of your candleholders. This cleans them, eliminates sanding, and only takes a few minutes.
  2. Paint the candleholders with an acrylic or chalky paint.
  3. After the paint dries, distress various areas by lightly going over them with a sanding sponge.
  4. Apply dark wax with a clean cotton rag.
  5. If desired, buff the wax to a shine with a different clean cotton rag.
  6. Attach the tart pans to the top of the candleholders with all purpose adhesive and allow to dry.
Created using Craft Card Maker

The next time I have some great supplies like these, I won't wait so long to make something with them! It was a quick and easy project and I'm very happy with how they turned out.

wooden candleholders and tart pans made into pedestal stands

Here are all of this months' Thrifty Style Team projects and you really should visit all of them.

Redhead Can Decorate - Mini DIY Pumpkin Patch
The Painted Hinge - Upcycled Fall Wreath
DIY Beautify - The Easiest Fall Centerpiece Ever
2 Bees In A Pod - Revamped Vintage Clorox Bottle
Postcards From The Ridge - DIY Pedestals From Thrifted Candleholders
The How To Home - DIY Pretty File Folders
The Tattered Pew - DIY Cane Armoire Makeover
Sweet Pea - DIY Gold Trimmed Painted Wooden Tray
What Meegan Makes - Vintage Bicycle Wreath for Fall
Cottage At The Crossroads - Paint a White Pumpkin
I Should Be Mopping The Floor - 5 Vintage Vanity Mirror Tray Uses
The Creek Line House - Inexpensive Faux Board and Batten Wall


  1. These are so stinkin' cute and you decorated them perfectly for fall! I'm definitely keeping my eye out for tart pans next time I go thrifting so I can do this!

  2. These are absolutely darling Angie! So many uses but I love how you styled them for Fall (that decoupaged pumpkin is so cute too!)

  3. What a great idea, Angie! The tart pans look perfect on your candlesticks and they look wonderful the way you styled them for fall.

  4. The tart pans were the perfect touch for those candlesticks. Such a great makeover that can work year round. Love how you've styled them for fall, Angie. xoxo

  5. These are seriously so pretty! I love the look. Autumn upcycling perfection!

  6. Those are really cute and I love how you decorated them!


  7. I love this project! I would have never thought to pair these two. It turned out so good!

  8. Oh wow! I am really loving your tart pan candleholders! I didn't realize you could buy new mini-tart pans. How fun to do more with them other than put food in them!

  9. These are really cute and I like the aged metal. Thanks for the tip about the pre-paint de-glosser. I'd never heard of it before.

  10. How creative, Angie! These are delightful!

  11. Your thrift store wood candle transformation is beautiful, Angie! Your photography is stunning, too! XO

  12. Your pedestals are gorgeous, that pumpkin has me swooning and your staging is perfection! Pinned :)
    I'd love for you to share over at our weekly Wednesday Creative Crafts Linky Party
    Have a great week!
    Creatively, Beth


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