Asked on Dec 11, 2018

How do I affix Christmas candle lamps to narrow window sills?

Betsy from NH
by Betsy from NH

How can I prevent my 12 Christmas candle lamps, with the electrical cord, from falling off of my 12 very narrow window sills? I've tried using masking tape, wire, etc. and nothing seems to work. They keep falling to the floor. I'm in need of an easy solution. Thank you for any help you can provide. Betsy of Bedford, NH

  10 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 11, 2018

    What about Velcro? Once piece would stick to the window sill and the other to the bottom of your Xmas candles.

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    • Betsy from NH Betsy from NH on Dec 14, 2018

      Good point about the paint! Thank you!

  • Reenaroc Reenaroc on Dec 11, 2018

    I would try bending tin strips (prob. 1/2" to 1/4" wide) into a shape that would hold down the base of the candlestick making the strips long enough to fit under the window. Making the window and the strips hold it in place. THEN I would somehow raise the cord up (tape, cup hooks, staples etc.) because it's probably the weight of the cord that is pulling the candlesticks off, or at least not helping any. You could put little pieces of greenery to hide the metal. My Papa always used copper strips for projects like this, but any metal that you could cut with scissors or tin snips and bend with pliers would work. He used to cut old coffee cans apart too. Or perhaps a strong wire, bent into the right shape. I would still put some type of adhesive under each one, even floral clay may help. But the main thing is raising up the cord. Good luck. Hope this Helps. Just Keep Trying and I know you'll figure out something. Just remember, YOU are smarter the the candlestick.

    • Betsy from NH Betsy from NH on Dec 12, 2018

      I may give this a try...if the velcro suggestion doesn't work out. Sounds like you and your papa are very resourceful, and definitely smarter than the candlesticks :) Thank you for posting your very fine suggestions.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 11, 2018

    Poster putty may work. It looks like bubble gum and removes leaving no residue. You can put a wad underneath each candle. I bought it at Walmart but you can probably pick it up at a variety of stores.

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    • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 12, 2018

      You’re welcome. This stuff has been my go to for years. Especially with kids and changing decor. I’ve even used it to temporarily “level” items. 😉

  • Reenaroc Reenaroc on Dec 11, 2018

    I just thought of something else. How about push pins? Some to brace the back of the holder and some to hold up the cord (not into the cord though). Still something sticky on the bottom and Ivy, greenery, bows from ribbon etc. to hide the pins.

    • Betsy from NH Betsy from NH on Dec 12, 2018

      Another interesting idea! I wonder why I didn't think of that one. Might try this with one candlestick to see what the holes made by the pushpins look like....Like the idea of using some ivy which I have to hide the pins. Thank you so much!!

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Dec 11, 2018

    My suggestion is to use air-dry modeling clay to give a flat bottom to each candle. Onto your narrow window ledge, thumbtack or staple strips of white foam board wide enough to hold the candle holders. This expanding shelving can be decorated with some greenery and bows, or simply left if the ledge won’t be seen from outside. Merry 12 Days! ☺️

  • Betsy from NH Betsy from NH on Dec 12, 2018

    Very clever idea! Thank you so much!

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 12, 2018

    Do your kids have any Silly Putty you could try?

  • Reenaroc Reenaroc on Dec 13, 2018

    Hey, I love the Velcro idea. You could just leave it one the sill for next year and not even worry about getting it off. OR, if you do want it off "Goo Gone" would get rid of the residue left by the bottom piece.... but like the one comment stated you may have to touch up the paint after, (if they are painted). Yes, my Papa was Very Clever. I miss him everyday!

    • Betsy from NH Betsy from NH on Dec 14, 2018

      Good suggestion about using "goo gone" which I have at home. Thank you for your suggestion.

  • Pat Pat on Dec 14, 2018

    I use Tacky Wax. I use it under my figurines so that they won't fall over. I use it behind a picture frame that seems to get crooked now and then. I bought mine at a hobby store and it is so sticky. Should be good for under your candles on the windowsill. Mine says (on the lid) Bard's Tacky Wax.

  • Betsy from NH Betsy from NH on Dec 14, 2018

    I'm going to look for this product at Michaels craft store. Thank you!