Candle Holder Made From 6 Ashtrays

Lisa Myers
by Lisa Myers
Remembering a project my sister had done back in the 70's, I decided to copy it, somewhat. I found 6 unused clear ashtrays on EBay, with the intent of making this candle holder. My sister had made hers with the dark blue ashtrays & had put them in the oven to crackle them. I did a trial run on crackling glass, but decided it wasn't the way I wanted to go, as they don't always stay intact. Instead, I used frosted glass spray paint & rippled glass spray paint. I used E6000 crafting glue to glue them all together. Since I used the smaller ashtrays, the opening isn't large enough to put a votive glass down inside, so I just used a small battery-operated candle lamp instead.
I used 6 of these, all in new condition.
I painted the bowls of the top 4 ashtrays, alternating 2 in frosted & 2 in rippled.
The base is made with 2 ashtrays, bottom to bottom, sprayed with the frosted glass paint after they were glued together.
You could also add some silk flowers or other colorful baubles around the bottom. This candle & base are just sitting in the bottom so I can remove it whenever I want or need to.
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  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on May 08, 2015
    This is so pretty! I would love to make one, I can see it decorated at Christmas time for that perfect glow!
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    • Lisa Myers Lisa Myers on May 09, 2015
      @Amy Ogden-Paparone Yes, I have several old windows, but have only put a couple to use so far. My aunt gave me one that she got at an auction & I got the other one from my grandfather, off his barn.
  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on May 11, 2015
    I'm in love with the Old barns window!! The other one is really nice too, but I have a thing with trees and barns LOL
    • Lisa Myers Lisa Myers on May 11, 2015
      @Amy Ogden-Paparone I had the barn picture framing entered in a local art show a few years ago. I actually had an elderly lady thank me for photographing the old barns, as these beauties are falling by the wayside & being replaced by ugly pole barns.