We asked Secrets From a Stylist host Emily Henderson to scour the 99-cent store to find bargain-bin pieces and transform them into designer accessories. For the bathroom, she adds pattern and glitz to a basic pillar candle. Here's how she does it.
We all know these simple white candles from the 99-cent store. "I even like them as-is and have used them at parties, lining the dining table or illuminating the living room," Emily says. "They are so simple and utilitarian that it makes them instantly chic and modern."
All it takes to transform these candles is some metallic leaf — you can use copper, gold or silver — and some creativity. Choose your favorite pattern, then get started! "A stripe is the easiest, but I also did a zig-zagged chevron and a freehand polka dot pattern," Emily says.
Using masking tape, create a pattern on the pillar candle. The areas you tape will remain white, while the spaces between will get the copper leaf adhesive and then copper leaf. "I didn't want a simple stripe so I did alternating sizes — with two different widths of masking tape — all purchased from the 99-cent store," Emily says.
For a smooth look, place thin strips of leaf atop a sheet of wax paper, then affix to the glass candle. If you prefer a rougher texture, you can also apply the leaf with your hands, as Emily did here. Then, remove the tape strips, being careful not to pull off the leaf at the edges.
Once you've tried this project, the sky's the limit, says Emily: "You could alternate silver, cold and copper, or do vertical stripes. You could also paint the candle instead of applying metallic leaf." Place the finished candle on your bathroom vanity for an instant glam effect.