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09 March, 2012

Vintage Saint Patrick's Day Candles

043I have found a really inexpensive way to decorate for each holiday that is easy and has a vintage look…my Wisteria inspired candles! Here is my latest version…all dressed up in vintage postcards for Saint Patrick’s Day!

image You may remember my original version at Christmas…inspired by Wisteria but with a much smaller price tag!

imageThen for Valentine’s Day, I created my own version re-using the same Dollar Tree candle holders but adding different sleeves.

st-patricks-day-vintage-graphicsfairy003So with Saint Patrick’s Day approaching, I knew I needed to find some oh-so-Irish vintage postcards to serve as sleeves and I did! Love the beautiful Irish maiden featured on this one from The Graphics Fairy!

And you have got to love the beautiful Irish countryside featured in this vintage postcard from Karen’s Whimsy

st-patricks-day-clipart-2 …where I also found this wonderful Celtic castle! I simply printed them at 8 x 10 size, trimmed them to fit and taped them on the Dollar Tree candle holder. For these, since there was still so much white showing around the edges, I used my tea dye Distress Ink and a sea sponge and added a few vintage-looking stains.

012 Baby Kitty was in charge of making the little tags, so he chose to use green scrapbooking paper and added the Gaelic phrase Erin Go Bragh…Ireland forever…found below so that you can add it to your tags if you wish.
Erin go bragh

032Here is how it looks. Love that linen-look emerald green scrapbooking paper…the perfect touch! Just tie them on with a little jute twine…

050 …and voilà! I used shorter candles rather than the tall pillar candles so that the main features of each postcard would glow in the candlelight! Can you see how the lake and the castle look like they are reflecting the sunset? And her dress is simply shimmering! Love it! And…I have to leave you with my favorite Irish joke… What’s green and stays out all night? Paddy O’Furniture! (Get it? Patio furniture?) lol lol Sorry! Have a wonderful Saint Paddy’s Day!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my candles! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Karen at The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday 
Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for the Saint Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up on Tuesdays
Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday’s Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for the Winter Blues Party

Jaime Lyn at Crafty, Scrappy, Happy for Crafty, Scrappy, Happy Me on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. So darn cute! Love these St. Paddy's candles!

  2. OMGOSH!!! Those are absolutely adorable. I need to get over and find some of those Pillar candles. What a great way to use them. They are gorgeous and this house is all about Irish! xo Diana

  3. Your staff are so helpful and they have the best taste, especially Baby Kitty.

  4. OK, those are cute. Good job kitty.


  5. You are totally incredible. I love your idea. So creative. Can't wait to see what you do for the cloche party. Hugs, Marty

  6. Hi lovely lady.
    Your St.Patrick's Day candles holders are Beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family. Im also following your new Linky now. I hope you can follow me also.
    XXOO Diane

  7. These are so sweet, Debbie! I love how you keep coming up with ideas for using the candles! You are so creative!!

    Happy St. Paddy's Day!


  8. I couldn't help noticing your scissors (in the picture w/ your Kitty). I have a pair exactly the same. They belonged to my mom, who died over 10 years ago at the age of 82. Don't know how long she had them but I bet they were old. I love using them. Cute project!

  9. Susan...those are my mom's scissors, too. She died just before her 81st birthday. I love using them! And...that's her hole puncher, too! :-)...Debbie

  10. Super cute Debbie! Love all the ones you've made.

  11. These are wonderful, Debbie! Every time I see you decorate them for the holidays, I always think what a great idea this is. I have a bunch of these, too, I just need to remember to do it! I'm pinning it this time! : )

  12. I'm hoping my daughter still kept the jute string and the Dollar Tree Candles I fixed for her Valentine's! I'll just give her more candles and resleeve them with the new St. Patrick's Day greeting cards you've given us!

    Merci, Debbie for another inexpensive yet delightful decor item for the holiday!

    Mary in Oregon

  13. Hahaha, love that joke. Had never heard it. I may have to borrow it :-D

    Cute idea and so inexpensive to do. I love them!

  14. The joke cracked me up! Love the candles! Baby Kitty is so helpful!

  15. How perfect for St. Pat's Day!! Love the light shines through the scenes. Baby Kitty out did himself choosing a Gaelic phrase.
    He's so smart. Did he tell you that joke? :) Love it!

  16. Always thinking of new ideas. These are darling. ~ Sarah

  17. Oh my,these are simply delightful! I just love the glowing effect it creates and those green linen looking tags are soooo lovely! I love all your inspiring ideas.... they are always so elegant and creative:)Thanks for the inspiration and for your visit. Have a lovely weekend!Hugs~Poppy

  18. Debbie.. you're always so full of wonderful ideas... thanks for sharing this one..and for the beautiful FREE postcard photos...

    "may the road rise up to meet your feet..."

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  20. Hi there from a new reader. Thank you for sharing this adorable decorating idea. I live in a small cottage, so holiday decorations that take up little storage space and can be re-used for different holidays are right up my alley. I can leave these candle holders out all year long and the covers for different holidays will store flat in my file cabinet. Genius! I'm so impressed by your creativity, and thanks again!

  21. Begorrah! Something Irish from Miss Frenchy!
    Beautiful! I love them.
    Thanks for joining the St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl, Debbie!
    Cead Mile Failte!

  22. Debbie,
    Oh 'tis the luck of the Irish upon you, 'tis it now? Those candles are darling!!! ...and that's no blarney!
    P.S. Cuddle that handsome Baby Kitty...he's such a charmer!

  23. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your idea!!! Thank you so much for the ideas...HAHAHA "Paddy O'Furniture"!!!
    Have a Happy St Paddy Week!

  24. What a simple and cute idea! I love these and the vintage look. Now following :)

  25. Nicely done. Love the little extra touch using the twine and card. I think I can do this. At least, I'm going to try.
    Baby Kitty looks like he enjoys crafting.

  26. Debbie you are so clever and your helpers are so well behaved! Happy St. Patty's Day! Linda

  27. what a clever it all.
    Happy St Paddy's Day

  28. What a great idea for the candles! I had to Pinterest it!

  29. Fabulous idea! I love it.

  30. See, you've done it again!! So clever.

  31. So smart Debbie! They look lovely lit up! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  32. I loved these vintage candles and I just featured them in my 10 best St. Patrick's Day crafts roundup article over at my CraftyMarie dot com website. Many thanks, Marie


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie