Vintage Jello-Molds Up-Cycled Into a Candle Holder

I haven’t been around lately, and tomorrow I am going to tell you why. So stay tuned.  This time for Transformation Tuesday, I am bringing you a quick, inexpensive, DIY up-cycled project.  Despite being so busy, I still manage to make time for crafting.  It relaxes me. Even if it only takes a few minutes to complete, I feel accomplished after being creative!



Have you seen vintage jell-o molds in antique shops or thrift stores?  I have been seeing them everywhere and scooping them up.  I have found them for as cheap as 15 cents and up to $1.00 for each one.  I won’t pay more than 0.75 though, because I am cheap frugal.

Soon, I had a nice collection of assorted vintage jell-o molds and had no idea what to do with them.  Luckily, while thrift store shopping with my Mom a few months back, I also saw these curved pieces of natural wood.  I think they are pretty and sort of beachy.  I have no clue what they are or what they are meant for (so if you know, please share, I am very curious!)  At 50 cents each I bought them – knowing that I would find a purpose for them.

That is one of the greatest things about shopping at thrift stores or antique shops.  You never really know what you will come across.  At thrift stores it is the hunt for a bargain or something unique.  At an antique shop, it is the thrill of negotiation once you find that “gotta have it” item.  I try really hard not to just buy something because it looks cool or is cheap. I try to purchase with a purpose or potential – even if at the time I don’t know what that purpose is.  It is wonderful when you can combine things you have collected or gathered and marry them into something brand new & one-of-a-kind!!


I took a drill and carefully drilled holes into the center of the molds.


I drilled from the underneath side going in so that any deformity in the metal would be in the center allowing the back to lay flush on the wood.  The metal is most likely aluminum and very soft and pliable.  Go slow with the drill and please wear safety goggles. Keeping those eyes of yours pretty and metal free is worth looking like a dork for a few minutes wearing goggles!  I promise.

Next, I attached the jell-o molds with a washer in the center and screwed a short screw into the piece of wood by hand.


I popped in a tea-light into each one and there you have it!  A new candle holder!


Do you think it has a beachy feel?  To me, they also have a sort-of spring kind of feel – because they remind me of flowers too!

Hope that you are enjoying the weather wherever you are!

Also, I have been really curious!  So,if you know what the wood pieces are or intended for ~ please stop by and tell me!  If not, that’s okay, I would still love for you to follow along.

Thanks so much for reading my little blog.

Until next time my friends,



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