DIY Upcycled Candle Lid Sign


It’s been awhile since I’ve done anything that incorporated upcycling.  These silver candle lids inspire me every Christmas and this year I wanted to use them in a way that was a little different but included some of my favorite techniques for making signs; this time we skipped using words.


Where the Lids Came From

Let’s begin with the lids, they come from Bath and Body Works and during the year I purchase several 3 wick candles to freshen up our home.  With a hound dog on the farm that’s in and out of the house a fresh scent is necessary and sometime no amount of washing and cleaning can detour her odor.  We love her but oh my goodness!!

The first time I purchased one of these candles I was fascinated with the lids because every season they incorporate a new design and sometimes they’re just plain silver.  Instantly I knew at some point they would have a purpose in my home.  See I don’t always get rid of everything.


This project began with a plain pine board that I stained using paint; get that technique here.  This is so much fun and I think you’ll enjoy this part of the project because it dries fast and clean up is a breeze.


Adding Details

The next thing I did was stencil some stripes.  This stencil came from Old Sign Stencils and something that can be added to any project.  It may be retired because I didn’t see it in her current inventory; if so there’s a swoosh stencil that would also work.

After the stencil dried I used adhesive tape, it’s reminds me of bubble gum that use to be sold in long strips for .10 cents.  Do you remember that?  Anyways you break off a couple inches and squish it up before placing it on the back of the lid.

The last step is to place those lids on the board how you choose to display them.   If you want this to be a permanent sign you could also glue those lids in place.



This upcycled sign is basically wordless because the silver pieces really spoke for themselves and that red seem to create a statement of its own, don’t you just love it?  It’s Fusion, Fort York Red.

Next year I’m going to do something completely different with that red board and those lids will be added to something else because this red has inspired some neat ideas that I just don’t have time to create this year.


This shade of red has been a perfect addition for the season and was inspired by all the wonderful cardinals that come to visit in our backyard.  When I was taking photos there must have been 15 swarming in and around the area.  It was amazing and a reminder that blessings are all around us.

DIY Upcycled Candle Lid Sign


  1. Patti says:

    That’s so clever. What a great way to reuse those pretty and festive lids.

  2. Cecilia says:

    I love it, Carole! The red sets those pretty lids off perfectly! What a great idea!

  3. BonBon says:

    Very creative……I love the Silver lids against the red. I am missing our cardinals since we moved. Now that we are further back in the woods only a few Cardinals have found us. My other house had 12 or so that visited everyday. So beautiful

    1. Carole says:

      Put some feed and water out for them and I bet they’ll find you again. They are a beautiful bird.

  4. Cheryl says:

    Oh, I just LOVE this! I never know what to do with those pretty lids, either, and they are just too nice to throw away. I usually do end up throwing stuff like that away, though, because of my hate for clutter. So, this is a wonderful alternative! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Cheryl, this was a fun one – Next year I’m turning these lids into ornaments or I may incorporate them onto a wreath. We shall see, they’re a fun element that keep me thinking outside the box. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas too.

  5. Jane says:

    I love this idea! I buy those candles and the lids are pretty and hard to just toss out! I would love to see your hound dog…bet she’s cute!

    1. Carole says:

      I love these lids and just can’t part with them. Dixie is cute – I’ll make sure to post her on Instagram soon. She’s huge and today she jumped in the car before I was trying to leave and I could barely get her out. I guess we’re bonding but I think she just misses our other dog..

  6. Joyce @ QN says:

    just goes to show – don’t throw anything away. Lovely!

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