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Tart-Tin Sconce

This decoration doesn't have to be reserved for the holidays -- it's lovely any time of year.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2011


Spanish colonists gave tin to Mexicans, who over the years perfected the art of soldering and painting bright ornaments from the material. The Mexicans, in turn, gave us the idea of evoking that cheerful, sparkling look with something as simple as foil candy cups on pink mini lights, poinsettias made from metal sheets, and a tart-tin sconce. Decorating a mantel in these happy reds and pinks anchors a room -- and serves as an ample stand-in if your space (or holiday travel plans) doesn't allow for a large trimmed tree.

Tools and Materials

  • Translucent spray paint
  • Tart tin
  • Candle clip and candles
  • 2 removable adhesive hooks, such as 3M Command Hooks

Tart-Tin Sconce How-To

Paint tart tin. Let dry completely. Attach candle clip. Affix to wall with 2 removable adhesive hooks (one on the wall, one on the back of the sconce). Never leave lit candles unattended.

Krylon stained-glass color, in Red; Round fluted tart pan, 8; Classic scalloped candle clip,

Make It Yourself

Pink mini lights, 14, by Christmas Lite; from Foil candy cups, in Fuchsia and Red; Amaco Art emboss metal sheets, 9 1/4 inches by 12 inches, in Copper, Aluminum, and Bright Red; Metallic fuchsia foil, by Glue Foil; and seamless round sterling-silver beads, 7 mm; Darice craft wire, 24 gauge, 30 yd.;

Get the Look

Solid Lumiere votive holders, in Petit, Antiqued tapered votive holders, 3 1/2 inches; 2 1/2 inches; and copper cylinder; Tapered candles, in Red, 6 inches by 1/2 inch; Copper bowl, Antiqued gold wall mirror,

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