The scents of home: How to make a rope candle coaster

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It’s taken a few years until I finally felt like I found the style of my home – through apartment living to decorating through the trends, no home style has ever withstood the test of time for me except traditional coastal. Think English gardens, anywhere along the sandy shores from California to Florida, to Maine.

I used to wake up to the sound of the ocean on my sound alarm/sleep machine in college. Sometimes I’d lay in bed and listen to the sounds of seagulls and the shore. It’s always been my favorite sound and when I smell beach candle scents (citrus as well), it goes so well with the decor of our home. There is a NEW Atmosphere Collection™ Fine Home Fragrance by Glade®, you can find at Kroger banner stores (like Fry’s, Ralphs and Smith’s) in the air freshener aisle.

While I love them all (you have to smell them for yourself) my most favorite is N°3 Free™, a coconut and beach woods scent – it reminds me of summer. Another one I love is N°2 Bright™, a very sweet fresh and feminine scent of sweet pea and pear – because I garden and of course the smell of blossoms and flowers is what my dreams smell like!

Though we live in Phoenix, I believe one can have a coastal vibe – without the dried starfish, sea shells, or looking like a beach house when we have the sand but not the water. A painter came in and as we went through swatch colors he said, “Your home is very coastal,” and I beamed. I told him I could hug him for saying that and he was immediately hired for nailing my decor goals.

I believe our living room seems coastal due to the hues and textures. Rattan, wicker, a few rope details around candles and the scents and use of mango woods and raw woods make it seem clean and crisp – just like I like my candle scents!  The scent of your home should be complimentary to your decor – when I decorated my townhouse a decade ago, I was fancying the autumn shades, very rich colors and my scents were either musky, woodsy, or sweet – like creme brûlée.

I remember my girlfriend, Alex, came to see my apartment in Los Angeles for the first time and she said, “Di! It smells like you!” and it made me wonder, hmm isn’t that so interesting (and I hope it smells good!).

To go with my new candle fragrances, I thought I’d make a candle coaster for them. I have an embarrassing story that happened about 10 years ago that I hope will serve as a helpful lesson to you. I was living in my first home purchase, a townhome and my heater broke during a winter night. Unfortunately, this was the same time some tweens who are like family, were staying with me for a few hours. It was so cold! So, I lit a few candles around the house hoping to warm the air. A few hours later, I came downstairs to check on them and I asked them, “Are you cooking something? It smells like fish.” They turned their attention from the TV and looked at me like I was crazy – they were after all 16, 12 and 11 . I realized my candle that I left burning on my dining room table had burned down, heated the tin it was in, and embedded itself into my dining room table! The smell I thought was fish was the varnish melting!

I then had to buy a centerpiece the next day to put it in the middle of the table to hide it for 10 years! All this to say – never leave candles unattended and always make sure they are on a solid safe heat-proof surface to avoid ruining furniture.

Since then I have always made sure every candle has a candle coaster. I thought I would share a quick and easy project to make a candle pad/coaster that will take you minutes and if you have a rustic, traditional, coastal, or bohemian-themed home, I think this will compliment your scents and home decor – while also saving your furniture.


  • Scrap fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glade candle
  • Rope
  • Hot glue gun
  • Old catalog or newspaper to work on

Optional: cold cup of ice water (always a suggestion my mom has nearby when working with a hot glue gun) in case you get a burn.

Step 1

Start to roll rope and hot glue as you go. Continue to roll until you feel it is the right size for the candle.

Step 2

Cut rope at a diagonal, following the rope pattern. Hot glue to secure end.

Step 3

Trace candle bottom on scrap fabric and when cutting, add about 1/4″ of an inch outside the line.

Step 4

One side of your rope disk is probably going to be less attractive than the other, it’s OK! Pick that side to glue all over and secure with the circle scrap fabric for a base. Not necessary, but may be easier sliding on furniture.

Flip over, you’re done! Light your candles and enjoy.

Happy candle burning – check out the NEW scents by Glade® next time you grocery shop at a Kroger store. There is also a jasmine and cedarwood candle, a warm fairytale scent, and also patchouli and amber which is a great clean scent would would be nice for the bathroom.

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Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.



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