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Candle Pedestal and Card Display

Candle Pedestal

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Put utensils to work outside of
your kitchen this holiday season.

An old kitchen grater with curved ends (reminiscent of a sled runner) makes an unusual stand for a pillar candle or a potted poinsettia. If the grater is rusty and you prefer a clean metal look, restore the metal by applying a commercial rust remover, available at a hardware store.

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to brush on a coat of the liquid rust remover; let it sit (depending on the brand, about 10 minutes), then wash off the chemical.
  • Dry the grater well and apply a coat of paste wax to retard new rust.
  • If using the grater as a candlestand, choose a fat pillar that burns only in the center to avoid problems with dripping wax.

Card Display

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Place all of the smiling
faces and charming cards that
contribute to the holiday
spirit on a whimsical holder.

An old garden gate serves as an inventive bulletin board for displaying Christmas cards and photos. Simply tuck the cards among the wires in the gate.

Continued on page 4:  Placemats and Twinkle Lights


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