Chilly weather is the perfect time for getting crafty! It’s incredibly easy to make these DIY decorative candle holders from all those old coffee mugs in your kitchen. Don’t try and tell me you don’t have too many coffee mugs! Do you ever open up your coffee mug cabinet only to find dozens of unused mugs crammed in there? I bet you do! I am a regular tea and coffee drinker, however, I have my favorite one or two mugs that I choose from every day. And unless I invite 37 people over for coffee at one time, there is absolutely no reason for me to actually OWN this many coffee mugs. I decided to find a creative way to reuse coffee mugs and Pinterest gave me lots of ideas! Since I am ‘barely crafty’ this upcycled craft was easy enough even for me!
DIY Decorative Candle Holders from Old Coffee Mugs
Coffee Mug Craft Supplies
1 old mug
1 old small plate
spray paint (optional, to make the two pieces match)
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hot glue gun
Coffee Mug Craft Directions
If your mug and plate don’t match, you will need to paint one or both of them to match each other. Any good spray paint should do the trick. Make sure you use it in a well-ventilated area and put down newspaper before you spray.
To assemble your DIY decorative candle holders, you need to place the mug upside down on a flat surface and put hot glue around the base of the mug. (the side that is now UP)
Place the small plate on top of the old coffee mug facing upwards as shown.
Once the glue is dry, place your candle or an assortment of candles on top of the plate. You can also add loose gems, stones, dried flowers, acorns or whatever other loose bits and pieces you have to add a bit of whimsy to it.
If you don’t have any old coffee mugs laying around, try hitting up your local thrift shop. They usually have a ton of old coffee mugs and small plates for very little money. This would make a great upcycled craft to have your kids make Grandma for Mother’s Day or for your favorite teacher! Check out my whole collection of eco-friendly crafts if you are looking for creative ways to upcycle things!
What are YOUR favorite ways to use old coffee mugs?
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.