I’m pretty stinkin’ excited to share my very first Vintage Craft Revamp! This first project comes from The Book of Handicrafts for All the Family edited by Eve Harlow and published in 1975. I like this book, because it has lots of full color pictures.
These “scrolled candlesticks” made from paper said “Halloween” to me, so I figured they would be a perfect way to start this series. And, the books says they’re, “made in minutes”! It took me a bit to figure out the directions, but once I did, they really were simple to create. And, the supplies are basic – paper, glue, pencil, scissors, ruler. I also used a paper trimmer and scoring board, but I could have figured out how to finish this without them.
Here’s where we’re headed. You know what they didn’t have in 1975? Double sided patterned paper! I used a cute double sided Halloween-ish paper. It was kind of a medium weight paper – not copier paper, but not heavy duty cardstock. Somewhere in between.
The first step is to measure the diameter of your candle. Mine was 9 inches. This determines the size you will cut your paper.
Your paper needs to be the same width as the diameter of your candle, plus 1/2 inch, and 5 inches tall. My candle had a 9 inch diameter, so I cut my paper 9 1/2 inches by 5 inches. (This paper isn’t really that ugly. Something about the contrast between the green paper and the green cutting mat, didn’t sit well with my camera!)
Mark your paper ½ inch from the right side and 1 inch up from the bottom.
Cut this section of the paper out. This creates the tab that you will use at the end when you wrap the holder around the base of your candle.
Divide the paper into ½ inch sections stopping at the horizontal line you just drew.
(Draw lightly so they won’t show up on your final project. My lines are dark, because I wanted them to show up on camera.)
Cut on each line, stopping at the horizontal line one inch above the bottom of the paper.
Now, you have ½ inch wide strips attached to a 1 inch base.
Score every other strip where it attaches to the base.
Fold the scored strips back, so they hang down below and behind the base.
Now, half of your strips are up and half are down.
Starting on the left side (You can start on the right, for that matter, but I wouldn’t suggest starting in the middle), place glue on the back of the end of the first top strip and curl it around to create a loop.
Place glue on the front of the end of the first bottom strip and curl it up and over the back of the base.
(If you are using double sided paper, it might help to remember that you will always be putting the glue on the same pattern. In my example, I always put the glue on the purple side, no matter if the strips were pointing up or down.)
Continue to the end, alternating top, bottom, top, bottom.
At this point, I curved the ends around to meet just to let it stretch out a bit and see how it was taking shape. Cute, right?
Wrap the holder around the base of your candle and secure with a bit of clear tape.
Finished! All ready to add to your Halloween decor. And, just change up the paper you use, and this adapts to any holiday or event!
Like a baby shower, perhaps?
There you have it! A 1970s project adapted to today! Let me know what you think!