Pottery Barn Inspired Votive Holder

Hi friends!  So, I was DIY shopping in the Pottery Barn catalog again when this came along.
I just love it and I knew that I could DIY one that I would love just as much (actually more because the $129 price tag takes away from it).
Anyone can make this with minimal supplies and cost.  Here’s how I did it:
Start with 5 dowel rods.  I purchased them at Wal-Mart for $.70 each.
Arrange them in the shape of a star.
Next, cut 5 equal pieces of paper (I used newspaper) into rectangles and roll them into cones. 
Secure with scotch tape.
Next, cover each corner of the star with the cones using scotch tape to secure the cone to the rods.
I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy to secure all the cross points of the dowel rods.
Using 1 ply jute tie down the cross points for extra hold.
Cut the excess jute.
I then spray painted the entire star with Rust-Oleum Heirloom White.
Now for the corners.  I used 4 ply jute and wrapped each corner up to the tip.  I started by hot gluing the end to the back side of a rod.  I continued wrapping securing with hot glue as I went.
I purchased 5 of these mercury glass votives at Target for $.99 each. 
I used 1 ply jute and wrapped it 3 times around each votive hot gluing as I went.
I knotted the jute
and secured it with hot glue.
Now to add it to the star.  I tied the excess jute around the back side of the star and knotted it.
Then I followed up with another piece, wrapping it from front to back securing with a knot in the back.
View of back
I cut the excess jute
Now for the finishing touches…I used the 1 ply jute to wrap the rods.  Start at one corner and hot glue the end of the jute to the back side of the corner.
Wrap it around loosely until you reach the next corner.  Secure with hot glue and cut the excess.  Repeat steps to the next corner and so on until every rod has been wrapped.
Total cost was under $10 and it was super quick and easy!  I get the same look of the $129 name brand piece for less than 10 percent!  I hope you all like it!
Merry Christmas

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  1. Lidia M. Da Silva-Cristo on March 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I would wrap a texture round the towel rods to hide the white. Nice idea.

    • Shanty2Chic on March 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks, I painted it white because I wanted it white.

  2. Sandra @Craft Gossip on July 17, 2011 at 1:23 am

    What a great project Ashley! I love your version and have featured your post on Craft Gossip:

    • Ashley on July 17, 2011 at 1:59 am

      Aw thank you Sandra!

  3. farm chick on December 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm
  4. Jori Hodgson on December 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I am definitely inspired. Thank you for posting this! I must make this and have it in my front room at all times. Where do you find dowel rods at Wal-Mart?

  5. Janean on December 19, 2010 at 3:18 am

    i bow to you o crafy one! how do you even think of such creative ways to do things? glad you post the *how to* so those of us with less know-how can be inspired!!!!

  6. Nichelle on December 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I have some really thin teak strips I might try this with! How cute would that be!

  7. Meg on December 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Very cool! Your's turned out better 😀

  8. Adri on December 17, 2010 at 5:10 am

    love it! also love your 'our family is blessed by the Grace of God'… I have the same sign in my home 🙂

  9. { L } on December 17, 2010 at 3:30 am

    How crazy! I did the same thing…sort of. I found that same PB inspiration and made a star. It's on this post:

    The mercury glass was a beautiful touch to yours! You're amazing at what you create. Love seeing each thing you design. <3

  10. One Life Many Journeys on December 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    That is what I call copylicious.

  11. Jordin- I Love That! on December 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    That is so cute! Great idea!!

  12. Kassi @ Truly Lovely on December 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Yeah!!! Why buy it when you can make it! Love it!

  13. Heidi on December 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Don't you just love making things on your own? It makes it worth so much more!

  14. [email protected] will craft on December 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful star.

  15. Jenn on December 16, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Absolutely amazing! Awesome job!

  16. Samantha2818 on December 16, 2010 at 1:19 am

    I love this – I actually prefer your version to the PB one. Love the fact that you used mercury glass too – it's my favourite thing and I've used a ton of it in my Christmas decor this year.

  17. One Cheap B*tch on December 16, 2010 at 1:18 am



  18. sissie on December 16, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Much prettier than Pottery Barns!


  19. rustandruffles on December 16, 2010 at 1:10 am

    WOW!!!! How clever YOU ARE!!!! Love your star!!

  20. Pam on December 16, 2010 at 1:02 am

    WOW, looks amazing!! 🙂 I like yours better too!

  21. Momma Button on December 16, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Sooo cute! I love the mercury glass!

  22. Less Is More on December 16, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Oh I like what you did here. Good idea,great job!

  23. Less Is More on December 16, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Oh wow you did a great job on that! I like!

  24. Gina on December 15, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I like your version waaaay better – especially with the mercury glass. I'm gonna have to run over to Tarjay and check those out!

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