At Juniper Hill Inn in Vermont we saw a clever idea for masking the unattractive “faux candle” stems that are standard on most chandeliers.

Measure the diameter and height of the stem.  Using sheets of bees wax that can be purchased at any crafting store, simply cut the appropriate-sized piece and wrap it around the plastic sheath.  Cut the piece to be tall enough so that the top edge of the sheet meets the light bulb.  (After a few hours in place, the heat from the light will make the edge melt and drip just a tiny bit making it look even more authentic.) You can blend the area where the two ends of the sheet meet with your finger.

No glue or adhesive is necessary.  The heat from the light bulb will make the wax tacky enough to hold in place.


See how we use beeswax at the Beekman 1802 Mercantile



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  • By: Heather

    I love this idea. Beautiful to look at and the fragrance from beeswax is divine. I suggest obtaining your beeswax from a local bee keeper if you are able. So many communities have one or more local suppliers for honey; contact the apiary (bee yard) on the label. Support your neighbors and keep those dollars local 🙂

  • By: Jane

    I like this idea! I too am going to try it!

  • By: eastcoastdandy

    Or take the hardware apart and spray paint the whole thing. I love my tacky yellow chandelier.

  • By: Donna

    What an awesome idea……I will be giving this a try.

  • By: Mary

    I really like this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • By: ukelelelady11

    This is such a great idea! I wonder why I have never seen it before, you smart guys!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • By: Linda

    That’s really clever, I’ll have to remember that one. Thanks for sharing.

  • By: nantucketdaffodil

    We have a chandelier in our dining room that I despise, but I can’t really afford to replace it. This could be just what I have needed to “deal with it” for a while longer! Thanks!

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