How to Turn A Candlestick into A Photo Holder

Contributed by: Denise of Thrifty by Design and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert

Sometimes a DIY is so easy yet looks so good that you gotta share. This is one of those 10 minute projects that costs under $5. And you can always find a candleholder at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. Here’s possibly the easiest DIY ever using a secondhand candleholder.


  • candleholder
  • wine cork
  • paperclip
  • hot glue or Mod Lodge
  •  X-Acto knife

First step is to drop by your local Salvation Army Thrift Store to find the perfect candleholder. I found this brass candleholder and knew it was the one.

Note: you want a candleholder with a small opening for the wine cork.

Next you trim the edges of the base of the wine cork so it fits the opening. Once ready you can either use hot glue or Mod Podge to adhere the base of the wine cork to the opening of the candleholder.

Now use your X-Acto knife to cut an opening in the top of the wine cork for your paper clip. Try to cut a deep slit then slide the paper clip in. Once you slide the paper clip into the opening it should stay in place if the slit is deep enough.

Now you’re ready to add a photo, card, etc. Depending on the candle holder and size of the wine cork you won’t be able to add a large photo. I used a small print of one of my Instagram photos.
Once you create one then you may want to do more! Look for unique candleholders like my brass one for this project. Or embellish the candle holder to add more pizzazz.