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Country Crackle CandlesticksCountry Crackle Candlesticks
By Maribeth Doerr

Enjoy these fun, easy and inexpensive candlesticks that will brighten any table. Be creative in choosing your paint colors and trim for a truly unique look.

Supplies Needed:

  • 2 wooden candlesticks (The ones in the picture are 7x1 but 9"x 2 7/16" will work just as well.)

  • 4 wooden hearts - 3/4" x 1/8" thick

  • jute or raffia or something similar for trim

  • 2 complimentary acrylic paint colors


  • crackle medium for acrylic pain

  • paint brushes or poly brushes (these are foam brushes and work best for this project but paintbrushes will work)

  • Glue gun (or Elmer's Glue)


  1. Lightly sand candlesticks

  2. If candlesticks have a metal insert in the cup, cover with painter's tape.

  3. Apply two coats of acrylic paint to the candlesticks with your basecoat color. Also paint both sides of the 4 wooden hearts with your basecoat.

  4. After paint is completely dry, apply crackle medium to candlesticks and hearts. Use a light coat for lighter crackling or a heavier coat for more crackling.

    Close up of cracked look

  5. After crackle medium is completely dry, apply topcoat color to candlesticks and hearts. Crackling will show up as the topcoat dries. (see enlarged sample in photo)

  6. Remove painter's tape from metal cup inserts.

  7. Cut 2 pieces of jute or raffia in your desired length (go longer at first so you have trim room). I doubled up on the jute, using 2 pieces of jute on each candlestick but use what you personally like.

  8. Tie jute/raffia around the neck of the candlestick under the cup.

  9. Glue a heart to each end of the jute/raffia

  10. Add your candles to the candlesticks and you're done!

Finished Candlesticks

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