Beautiful Mod Podge Candle Holder with Twine Bird’s Nests {by Lindsay from Living with Lindsay!}

Hey friends!  Happy Hump Day!
I miss my readers so much, and I cannot wait to tell you all that I have been up to the past two and a half weeks!  Can you believe I haven’t posted in that long?  I can’t.  Having my blog friends guest post for me has been more helpful than I could have ever imagined.
Yesterday, I spent 5 hours cleaning out the “holding room”.  That’s the room that holds all the boxes that still need to be unpacked and put away.   It was grueling, but necessary.
I have two more days of guest posters, and then I will be back with you on Friday!  ;)
Today, the fabulous and ever-so-sweet Lindsay from Living with Lindsay is with us.
I met Lindsay briefly at Blissdom two years ago.
We were both “newbies” back then.   :)   Lindsay’s blog has grown like crazy over the past two years,  because she is crazy talented!  She can do magic with a glue gun!!!
I absolutely love the project she is sharing with us today.  Too cute!
Thanks, Lindsay, for helping me out!!
Hi!  I’m Lindsay from Living With Lindsay, and I’m so excited to be here today as Traci and her family get settled into their new, amazing home.
When Traci asked me to put together a little something for you, I knew it was the perfect opportunity for me to finish a project I’ve been thinking about for months now.  Sometimes we (well, mainly *I*) need a swift kick in the pants to get going on something, so I was certainly happy to use Traci’s big move as that kick!
I’ve been obsessing about book pages, birds nests, and glue guns for far too long to have not incorporated them all into one fun project.  I saw it as a little challenge for myself, and I am happy with the outcome.
This little candle holder was quite easy to put together, and you can really use your creativity to customize it to your own obsessions.  Here’s a tutorial on how I made mine.
Supplies Needed:
-Pillar candle holders
-Pages from magazines, books, hymnals, sheet music, etc
-Mod Podge
-Foam Brush
-Acrylic Sealer
-Glue gun & glue sticks
1.  Rip your magazine pages into small, various sized strips.  I chose pages that were purely black and white text so that the candle holder would be uniform in color.  I used pages from the New Yorker magazine because the text is small and there is little spacing between the printed lines.  Also?  I’m really high brow.  {Totally kidding on that one!}
2.  Working in small areas, paint a bit of Mod Podge onto your pillar candle holder and apply your ripped pages.  Be sure to overlap the pages so that the entire candle holder is covered.  Cover the entire pillar using this method.
3. Once the Mod Podge is dry from your layer of pages (about 20 minutes), apply another layer of Mod Podge on the top of the pages.  Let that dry about 15-20 minutes.
4.  Spray a coat or two of matte acrylic sealer on your fully covered candle holder.  This step isn’t 100% necessary, but I always like to seal the Mod Podge, as it keeps it from feeling tacky once it’s dry.
5.  Tie about four knots on top of each other about half an inch from the end of your ball of twine.  This will serve as a base for your little nests.
6.  Snip off the short piece of twine on the end of your knots.  Leaving the twine on the roll, begin rolling the twine around the knots like you would wind a cinnamon roll.  Keep rolling until the twine measures about an inch across.  Bring the end to the back of the nest, secure with a clothespin (to hold it in place), and glue it in place with the glue gun.  Try not to touch the twine/hot glue with the glue gun or your fingers, or you are going to have a real mess on your hands (literally!).
7.  Once the glue on the back is dry, flip it over and glue a few beads on the front so that they look like birds’ eggs.  I picked up some beads in the jewelry-making section of the craft store, and I chose natural stones so that they would have a more organic feel.  If the beads are small, you may want to use tweezers so you can more accurately place them.
8.  Unclip the clothespin and twist more twine around the top of the beads.  I like to make an ‘X’ shape, but I did a ‘l l’ shape a few times and it worked out great.  Clip the clothespin to the extra twine again and secure on the back with more hot glue.
9.  When the glue is dry, cut the end of the twine and glue the nest onto your magazine page candle holder.
I love the look of these on my sideboard.  I needed something else there with a little more whimsy, and these fit the bill perfectly.

Thanks for joining me today, and thanks to Traci for asking me join her on her fantastic blog!  Please be sure to let me know if you make some book page candleholders of your own – I’d love to see how they turn out.
Just click on the button above to visit Lindsay’s great blog.
Great job, Lindsay!!  Thank you so much!!!


  1. How cute! I see those kind of candle holders all the time in thrift stores! Those “nests” would also be cute on a mini topiary :)

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