Make Your Own Pottery Barn Inspired Nautical Candles

A couple weeks ago I received in the mail one of those little Pottery Barn catalogs for summer. As I flipped through the pages knowing that I most likely couldn't afford any of their fabulous merchandise, I came across these pretty lanterns. What caught my eye was not the actual lanterns but the candles they had inside of them.

I immediately thought that this look for the candles would be easy enough to recreate and place around my home for the summer months. As it turned out...I was right!

All you need is as follows...

Pillar candles of any size and color you choose (faux candles are an excellent choice too)
jute twine, natural or white
a glue stick
hot glue gun
staple gun
starfish, shells, anything that reminds you of the sea

To create the simple wrapped look you will need scissors, the jute twine and glue stick. 

Rub the glue stick on the surface of the candle and then just begin to wrap the twine around the candle pushing the twine layers together as you go around. Believe it or not the glue does adhere to the waxy surface of the candle. Cut the jute when the desired amount of coverage has been achieved, and then you can go ahead and hot glue whatever little nautical item you'd like to the twine itself.

To create the pretty nautical knot you will need 4 to 6 pieces of jute cut in equal lengths. Make sure the are long enough to cover half the diameter of the candle when the loop is formed. It is OK if the pieces are a little long because you can always cut off the excess.

For a 5 1/2 inch pillar candle I decided to use a total of 6 pieces of jute. Form a loop using 3 pieces together, and then with your staple gun secure the loops of  of twine to the candle.

With other 3 pieces of twine, create another loop and thread it through the first loop pulling it somewhat taut, and then secure the six end pieces of the second loop with your staple gun.

And the final look is...

I think these would really make adorable end of the year gifts for teachers too.

Wishing you all a wonderful last weekend in May! 
Here we come June!!!

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  1. What a great dupe for the Pottery Barn candle, Barbara! I could use those on my patio. Might have to copy you!

  2. oh wow, Barb, these are just wonderful! yours are every bit as awesome as PB!!

  3. Great look at a much more affordable price! Terrific ideas and tutorial!

  4. Great way to create that look and save those pennies.

  5. Those are gorgeous Barbara! Way prettier and the price is too!

  6. I love wrapping jute on candles, but never thought of making a knot--LOVE how yours turned out! Thanks for sharing with a great tutorial!

  7. They look great Barbara...perfect for summer!!

  8. Those turned out great. I love um!

  9. Barbara,
    I LOVE these coastal pretties and they will be featured at my party on Monday. Thanks so much for sharing at my party...it's always nice to have you here.


  10. O, I can't wait until I try these. I am not a bit crafty but think I MIGHT could do these.
    Thanks so much...and I am now following you thru email.


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