I saw this post and knew that I wanted to do something similar for my Easter table. I wanted the candles elevated so I went and got a scrap 4x4 from Home Depot. I think that it was about $2. I measured it and it was exactly 2 feet long.
So I cut it in half and then cut one of the halves in half. So I had 1 1ft piece and 2 6 inch pieces.
Gi was kind enough enough to document it for me.
She thinks that we need to have constant pictures of craft projects now. I have no idea where she go that from.
I used my palm sander to level the ends a little so that they weren't wobbly on the table. Then I sanded them a little more just so that there was no way that anyone could get splinters. Then i threw them down onto the concrete driveway and beat them up with both sides of the hammer so that they had a weathered look. The kids thought I had lost it and tool off lest I should start chucking the pieces at them.
I like how they looked but I wanted to add a little something more, so this morning, I took out my steel stamps and stamped John 3:16 on the tallest one. Then I colored the stamped letters with a black sharpie, which of course, bled. I expected this though, so I didn't freak out. Back outside, I used a superfine sandpaper on my sander and went over the letters. Since the letters are recessed, the sander took off all the excess ink and the pencil lines and letters that I had drawn on to guide me.
Then I arranged them on my cluttered counter and put 2 red candles on the small blocks and a white candle on the taller one and then put yesterday's crown of thorns around the candle.
Here they are lit, but at 11am, the effect is less than spectacular. I think that I will take them outside to distress them more, and maybe rub some mineral oil in to darken them up a little, so they don't look so new.
I think that they will look great on my natural wood table for Easter dinner and remind us all the Real Reason for the Season.