Thursday, September 3, 2009

Peg Board and a Candle Shelf

I had an area to the left of my couch in my Living Room that I have had such a hard time finding a display that I liked.  I think I finally found one that I’ll keep (for a while, anyways! lol)! 

I’ve always liked this style of peg board and finally decided to make one for myself.  As far as a tutorial, there really isn’t much to explain other than I used a  1x8 pine board and cut it 40” long.  I then ripped a 2x2  to a thickness of 1” on the table saw, then cut 4 5” pieces on my miter saw.  I used the template below to trace on the pieces and cut them out with my scroll saw. Sanded, painted and finished all of the pieces, then attached the pegs with glue and screws.


After making the peg board, I needed items to decorate it with!  I added a couple of baskets and hand-dipped candles and need something long.  I’ve seen various styles of candle shelves that I’ve liked and decided to go with this one.  Very easy to make!! 


First, cut a 1” dowel  16” long and a 1x2 11” long.  Drill a hole through one end of the dowel. Sand both pieces.  I sanded a taper on the end with the drilled hole by pressing down on the sander over the hole until I got the shape that I wanted.  Repeat on other side.  Center the dowel onto the 1x2, then attach with glue and a screw.  Finish as desired.  From the bottom side of the 1x2, hammer a 1 1/2” finish nail all the way through on each side of the dowel.  Push a candle nub down onto each nail and tie on a piece of jute twine through the hole on top.

I’m working on a couple of cross stitch samplers to hang above the peg board and I’ll share them with you when I get them done!


The other day, I went to a nearby antique store and found this neat box for $22.50.  Besides having a drawer, the top lifts up and has a deep cubby!  PLUS, I didn’t have to do a thing with it, it was already primmed up!!  Can’t beat that!  (I haven’t started decorating for Fall yet, I bought the little pumpkin on the same day that I bought the box and thought it looked good there for a pic!! lol)



I’m making a quick trip to Walnut Creek and Berlin (aka Amish country) tomorrow.  I have a few things I’m on the lookout for and will hopefully have pics to post later.



I’m participating in Colleen’s (AndBabyMakesFive) Back to School Fall Recipe Pool on Fridays so check out my blog tomorrow morning for a recipe for Baked Potato Soup and Pepperoni Bread.  They’re some of my family’s favorites!


So Until Next time . . .Kris


  1. Great work Kris on your projects, LOve them!!
    And that box is awesome!

  2. I so enjoy your blog and tutorials...I love those style peg board too and the candle holder looks easy to make:) Oh, Stushhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
    Have a great evening!

  3. You are a very clever and talented gal and you pretty much know how to do EVERYTHING. I love the peg rack you made and the candle shelf is GREAT and so prim like always. What a wonderful find with your little black box.

    Can't wait to see what you are going to buy in Amish Country. Makes me jealous to see what I could've missed out on (lol).


  4. Kris you amaze me! are one talented gal....the peg rack looks fantastic and I love that box!


  5. Oh I do love that peg board! It's so cool that you can make these things with no pattern. The box is awesome and the little pumpkin looks right at home sitting on top. Have fun shopping tomorrow. I'll be sitting at work wishing I was shopping.

    I'm looking forward to your potato soup recipe. I can't tell you how many I've tried over the years and haven't found a keeper yet!


  6. Hi Kris,
    You are so talented !. Love your tutorials. As always, amazing job. can't wait to see your fall decorations.

  7. I love the peg rack and cangel holder Chris - you did a great job! And what a wonderful find! it is perfectly primmed up!

    Looking forward to your recipes!

    hugs, Linda

  8. Love those items. I especially like the candle holder. You could make that any length you want. Great job on both, Valerie

  9. We are going to Berlin after the labor day holiday. During a week day.
    No Crowds!!
    Wooster Ohio

  10. Kris
    Your peg board and candle shelf are awesome! Thanks for the turtorial's!
    How lucky to find the perfect prim box. I am always on the look out for boxes like yours to store things.
    Have fun on your shopping trip...can't wait to see what treasures you find.
    Have a great holiday!


  11. Kris you always come up with the perfect thing - and you can make it yourself, great job. Looking forward to your samplers. I'm trying hard not to pick up another stitchery hobby, but there sure are alot of cute cross stitch patterns and projects out there. I love potatoe soup and pepperoni bread. it will be fun to see your recipes on that. Hope you have a great day


  12. You never cease to amaze me with your talents!!!..I'm definitely going to have to make some candle holders...Have a nice labor day weekend!!~~hugs,Jen

  13. Both pieces turned out fantastic, Kris!
    Lov'em both!
    Your box is a great piece as well :)

    Have a great holiday weekend.


  14. Kris,
    Thanks for another awesome tutorial. I love both pieces and your talent is amazing. Love that prim box as well. Have a wonderful weekend and can't wait to see what you find.

  15. Kris...
    Love this, along with all the other things you've made (especially your new bedroom hutch)...You go girl!

  16. You amaze me Kris, you make it look SO awesome and so easy to make, haha!!! Everything looks prim perfect! I can NOT wait for your recipes, they sound so good!

  17. Hi Kris,
    The peg board is fantastic. I'm gonna try and make the candle shelf! I love it! You are so talented!!!!
    The soup sounds delicious. Can't wait for the recipe! Hugs, Loretta

  18. Kris,
    I love this peg board and everything else you have posted! Great recipes too.
    I will be going up to Amish Country soon too. Waiting to see what you got on your trip.

    I started a blog finally............come visit me.

  19. Wow! I love it all! The pegs on your rack are awesome! It's great to be able to make things yourself. The found box is wonderful too!

    Love the recipe posted above this post too.

    Have a great weekend!

  20. Your Peg board is just great ...

  21. I wish I could figure out how to get that same old crackled finish that your 'new' box has! It's gorgeous!

  22. Kris, I was searching for hand dipped candles, and found you! I love your blog. I am so glad I found you! Thanks for all your ideas. And that you are willing to post tutorials. You are on my good list! :)


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