DIY pro Geneva Vanderzeil reveals how to upcycle old candle jars

Home stylist reveals how to make gorgeous cupcake stands out of your old candle jars

  • Australian home stylist Geneva Vanderzeil has shared a simple home hack 
  • The 35-year-old transformed empty candle jars into gorgeous cake stands
  • Using Bunnings supplies, she painted the jars and stuck it onto the plates 
  • The end result looked beautiful and others dubbed the DIY as ‘pure genius’  

A DIY enthusiast has demonstrated how to transform empty candle holders into stunning pieces of kitchenware.

Geneva Vanderzeil, from Brisbane, racked up 20,000 views on a TikTok video after sharing the ‘pure genius’ home project idea.

Using supplies from Bunnings Warehouse, the 35-year-old made stylish cake stands by painting and gluing the jars to plates.

The end result looked beautiful and would likely impress guests who attend dinner parties.

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DIY pro Geneva Vanderzeil, from Brisbane, Australia, has used old candle jars to create a gorgeous cake stand (pictured, centre)


The idea is perfect for those wanting to recycle items around the home. Using supplies from Bunnings, the 35-year-old made the cake stands by painting and gluing the jars to plates

In the viral TikTok video Geneva first placed the candle jar in a bowl of hot water to remove any remaining wax.

Next, she painted the glass jar pink then left it to dry before gluing it to the bottom of the plate.

‘It’s just acrylic paint but the plate isn’t painted, just the inside of the candle jars, so the food doesn’t have any contact,’ she wrote online.

Images of the finished product on Instagram look gorgeous and impressed others online.

‘Such a great way to reuse those jars!’ one woman wrote, another added: ‘These look amazing.’

This is certainly one of Geneva’s easiest DIY projects, as she’s previously made tables from rubbish bins and ‘mushroom’ lamps from affordable bowls.


Earlier this year Geneva made her own stylish ‘mushroom’ lamps using kitchen items from IKEA. To mimic the shape of a mushroom, she used a painted a glass vase and metal bowl, glued the two together and inserted battery-operated lights inside the bowl 

Earlier this year Geneva made her own stylish ‘mushroom’ lamps using kitchen items from IKEA.

To mimic the shape of a mushroom, she used a painted a glass vase and metal bowl, glued the two together and inserted battery-operated lights inside the bowl.

‘I’ve been seeing these little lamps around and have wanted to make one myself for a while now. How cute are they?! I honestly can’t believe how easy this one was,’ Geneva wrote on Instagram.

Geneva said she ‘searched everywhere’ for the perfect bowl and opted for the $7 IKEA Blanda bowl.

She began by mixing bi-card soda with water-based paint to create a ceramic effect, then applied layers onto the vases and bowl.

After a couple coats of paint were applied and dried, Geneva carefully glued the fairy lights and battery pack in to centre if the bowl.

Next, she simply popped the bowl onto the glass canister and turned on the light.

The process is easy enough for beginners to complete and doesn’t require many supplies.

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