Day 6 – Stacked gear Christmas tree candles
If there’s such thing as a project that’s too simple although quite adorable, these stacked gear Christmas tree candles using battery operative candle tea light votives would be it. These industrial candles will no doubt feed your rusty junker soul and offer you the cutest little candlelight idea in the land.
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I found playing with this gear tree a little like playing with paper dolls back in the day. And I’m gonna even give each one a name and personality! Oh why not… it’s Christmas… gears are people junk too.
Stacked gear Christmas tree candles
1. Gather up a few of your coolest rusty junk gears.
I found my gears at a local welder’s yard (you HAVE to read the story HERE!) so if you can’t locate any, call on a welder that’s into heavy duty machinery. And good luck explaining you want his greasy junk for a Christmas tree. I’ve had some wild looks shot my way I will admit.
The finished candle!
2. Stack the gears up to form a Christmas tree shape.
Don’t worry about gear stability. The highest wind (should you take your gear tree for a walk through a wind tunnel) will not knock a heavy metal gear over.
The double gear on the bottom kind of gives the illusion that the tree has a trunk. LIKE that!
3. Plunk in a real tea light candle or battery operated tea light like I did, and be giddy at your sheer genius junker moves. In real life, this truly is the cutest thing!
Stacked gear Christmas tree candles are industrially adorable as is! However, let’s have fun with some Christmas decorating options…
Decorating the candle
4. Dress the gear candle votive up!
It was fun coming up with a few different looks! Using faux evergreens, pine cones, snow spray…
This one’s called Wedding Crasher.
Line small pine cones along each gear ridge.
It’s (he? she?) is dressed up in your basic (black?) pinecones, attempting to upstage the bride. Shocking! But stunning and distinguished all the same.
This one’s Bohemian Ombre.
Pick some hydrangea blooms that are slightly crunchy / position them into one gear ledge / line pine cones along another ledge.
I think it’s a she… she’s ready for a New Year’s Party that’s all about colour and isn’t afraid to follow the latest trends. She’s the type that can throw anything together and it just works. And she’s also way too nice to envy.
Meet Ski Hill Dude.
Remove candle / position pinecones into place / lightly spritz with spray snow.
He’s all dusted up from his last powder run down the black diamond trail, sporting one of those ‘everything matches perfectly’ ski suits. But don’t hate on him for his perfectionism. His snow is very affordable.
Sigh… now I want MORE. Dear welders… please give a beloved junker friend a gear or two for Christmas. You truly do have the very best junk of all and I’d bet you didn’t even know it!
Come on back Dec 10th and you’ll see where it landed during my Christmas home tour!
So… if YOU were a stacked gear Christmas tree tea light… ok, I won’t go there.
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This whimsical wreath was designed around a duct tape version! A snowman face is so perfect!
Michael knows his way around pretty drinks. Visit this and you’ll be shopping for those ingredients!
I’m totally a tray girl. Love to use them instead of coasters for drinks especially. This would make such a nice gift!
Your tablescape takes on a whole new meaning with this tiny touch of bling! Gorgeous!
This darling, easy to make cloche comes complete with a driftwood Christmas tree too!
Visit the Official 12 Days of Christmas pin board of everyone HERE
See you tomorrow for Day 7!