Easy Moon Phase Candleholders

Well, it seems that my affinity with moon phases was just getting started after I made the moon phase seder plate. This time, I decorated candleholders I found at my local dollar store.

In the doldrums between Hanukkah and New Years Eve, my husband told me that he’d never been to a dollar store before. Except for maybe one time a long time ago and he couldn’t remember it. As a person who grew up visiting various dollar stores, I know that not all of them are that great, but there are a few hidden gems. So I packed up the fam and took them for a visit to one of my local favorites. I picked up lots of good things for future crafting on that trip, and Ruckus discovered a whole new world. I think he actually enjoyed shopping for once!

One of the many things I picked up on our trip was a set of beautiful turquoise glass candleholders. The best part isn’t even how pretty they are (for a dollar each, no less!). No, indeed, the best part is that they can hold votives on one side and tapers on the other. So brilliant! I need more of these in my life.

As pretty as they are on their own, I wanted to add a special touch to them to elevate them for Shabbat. For a while now, I’ve been interested in creating some moon phase pieces for tablescapes. And since we use a lunar calendar, I thought this would be a good opportunity to combine the two ideas.

Using some of the leftover marble shelf liner paper from my media cabinet makeover, I cut out the moon phases from new moon (represented by the hollow circle) to full moon. Then I placed them around the candleholders in a centered fashion so that they would look aesthetically pleasing no matter which side of the candleholder I was using. The best part of using shelf liner versus permanent vinyl (my typical go-to) in this case is that it comes off fairly easily and mess free in the event that I want to change it up later. Plus, the marble effect really gives them a lunar appearance, don’t you think?

I used my Cricut machine to cut the moon phases. Here’s the link to get to the project in the Cricut workspace. Otherwise, the easiest way to cut them out by hand would be by using a rotary cutter to cut the circles and then scissors to cut those circles into the various phases.

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