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DIY centrepiece from candlesticks and cake tins

Transforming cake tins and candlesticks into an elegant dining table centrepiece

Looking for dinner party table decorations ideas? Try this. All it takes is a few things you probably already have and a little know-how.

Creating your own dinner party table decorations isn’t as hard as you might think. This easy upcycling idea takes an old cake tin and candlestick and shows you how to turn it into a beautiful dining table centrepiece, perfect for adding a touch of style whatever the occasion.

With just a little love and attention, cake pans really can make sophisticated-looking DIY table centrepieces.

Attached to the top of a candlestick, they make a modern addition to any table and are the perfect holders for showing off striking flowers, fruits or anything to suit your dinner party theme.

What you’ll need:

  • Vim® Fresh Cream

  • A microfibre cloth

  • Bright white paint

  • Small succulent plants, flowers or candles

  • An old circular cake tin

  • An old candlestick

  • Electric drill

  • Screwdriver

  • Screws

  • Safety gloves and goggles

Step 1: Clean your candlestick and cake tin

Wax is usually tough to clean but with Vim Fresh Cream you can remove it easily. Apply a drop to a damp microfibre cloth and wipe over the wax on your candlestick in one simple motion before rinsing clean. Once you’ve done that, use your Vim Cream in the same way to clean your cake tin, before drying both off with a tea towel, so they’re ready to be upcycled. Do not use on silver (or silver plated) candle sticks

Step 2: Drill holes in your cake tin and candle stick

Put on your safety goggles and gloves. With your drill, work a hole through the centre of the cake tin and candlestick. You want the holes aligned straight through the middle of both, ready to assemble into your elegant new dining table centrepiece.

Step 3: Secure your stand and top together

Still wearing your safety gear, use a screw and screwdriver to bring the candlestick and cake tin together in the centre. Tighten the screw as securely as possible to make sure you have a sturdy dining table centrepiece.

Step 4: Paint your masterpiece

Once your DIY table centrepiece’s firmly secured, paint the whole thing. We painted ours white, but of course choose whichever colour best suits your home. Lay down some brown paper or newspaper and use a large brush to cover as big a surface area as possible in one go. You might need to do a couple of coats to get an even-looking layer.

Step 5: Decorate your dining table centrepiece

Choose your favourite dinner party table decorations to fill your new centrepiece. Things like succulents, flowers and fruit all work well, but pick whatever you think will look best with your existing tableware theme.

So the next time you’re hosting a supper for friends, try making these stylish dinner party table decorations to enhance your theme.

Filled with sumptuous fruits and flowers, it’s sure to enhance any setting. This simple but chic home accessorising project takes hardly any time at all to put together and is useful in more ways than one – it’s guaranteed to be a talking point at your next dinner party, as well as looking beautiful.

If you’ve made one, we’d love to see how it turned out and where you chose to display it. Share a picture with us on Facebook to encourage others to get upcycling, too.

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