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Repurposing the Ordinary Into Something Pretty Awesome!


It all started when I made my first trip to the shops one weekend in search of Christmas gifts for my family and friends, and just couldn’t find anything that really felt special. I remembered a project that my family did together a few years ago where we made candelabras out of piping for a holiday Christmas market. I thought, maybe I could do this myself and give these beautifully, hand-crafted candle stands as my Christmas gifts this year.

Somehow, over the course of a week or so, this idea evolved into a rather large project that left me with candle stands of all sizes, and lamps as well. Learning to wire a lamp safely and effectively I admit did take some time, and I cannot deny that I gave myself an electrical shock – just once and with no permanent damage… I hope, but in all this project resulted in unique gifts that can be used and treasured for years to come.


How to Make a Copper and Brass Candle Stand

The bases of all my candle stands are pieces of wood cut from shipping pallets. After cutting all to the size desired I thoroughly sanded the edges and sides to give it a more smooth and finished look.

Your local hardware store will offer a wide selection of pipe options, and attachment mechanisms. I find it most helpful to draw out the look I want beforehand, so when I get to the store it is just a matter of picking up the right puzzle pieces for the job.

The only real tool necessary in this project is a sturdy wrench to ensure that all pipes are tightly screwed together, as you do not want your candle stand moving when there is a hot flame.

Finally, choose an assortment of long candlesticks from your local craft store. I prefer white or beige candlesticks, however, for a special event a colorful candle looks great too!


How to Make a Copper and Brass Lamp

The basic “shell” if you will of the lamp is the exact same process as the candle stand.

Wiring the electrical feed through the piping and attaching all elements necessary for the bulbs are quite easy and can be done in as short as 10 minutes time once you have gotten the process down. Speak to any professional at your local hardware store to be given a detail description of the process.

When making a lamp created from metal piping, it is important to use an earth wire to avoid any mishaps.


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See me tonight on!

Sandra Magsamen the Gift Guru

Tune into today at 5PM to see my latest appearance with Danisha Danielle!

You can also watch my segments on with the links below:

What to Get The Person That Has Everything

Creative Ways to Use Photographs As Gifts

Creative Gifts on a Time Crunch

When Giving a Gift Costs Nothing

What To Make For A Friend Going Through A Hard Time

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Introducing my new jewelry collection!

Below is an introduction to my new jewelry collection “Messages From The Heart”.

You can find this collection at your local JCPenney stores or online at the JCPenney website.

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How To Make A Candle Stand Centerpiece

We love sharing DIY decor projects!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we decided to create a candle stand centerpiece.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hannah Magsamen Barry

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Charlemagne’s Gardens

The Capitulare de villis is a text composed in c. 771-800, which lists a set of rules and regulations that must be followed by royal estates under the reign of Charlemagne. These rules and regulations pertained to things such as land management, animal care, administration, and gardening. The object of this document was to ensure that all […]

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Building your Nest

The concept of a nest, and I mean an actual birds nest, is something that warrants more awe and amazement than it usually gets credit for. If you have ever taken the time to inspect a bird’s nest up close and personal you would notice the painstakingly intricate and precise way that a bird chooses […]

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A Family Photo Affair

In the small, Vermont town where we live a father and daughter team of photographers (Jay and Sophie Paris) have been working on a project together for the past 21 years. Every 7 years, the two spend one day photographing what is happening in our town that given day. The subjects of the photos are […]

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Inside at Palais de Tokyo

“Inside offers visitors a passage to the interior of the self, for which the exhibition space serves as a metaphor. This immense odyssey, both physical and psychological, invites us to walk through two floors of the Palais de Tokyo that have been transformed by artists in such a way that, from one installation to the next, […]

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Door To Table

While walking home from the market one afternoon last month, I noticed a pile of old wood scraps, and dusty furniture piled in the middle of the sidewalk next to my apartment building door. Someone on my street was no doubt doing a bit of Spring-cleaning in their basement and had left a few items […]

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