The aisles of a hardware store can be just as tempting as the aisles of a candy store around the holidays: an array of spectacular outdoor and indoor lights! Moving Santas! A good hardware store is home to all kinds of bits and bobs you'd never expect to find.
My favorite aisle of all these days is the plumbing aisle. Sounds so unromantic, but you'll find an incredible assortment of gleaming nuts and bolts crying out to be used for a DIY project. They're stored in these cutesy pull-out drawers to make things even better.
You may remember this project using copper end caps. The candlesticks above are a spin off of that project—which I love so much for it's versatility—instead using copper couplings. The couplings work so well as the holder for any candle you may have lying around, you'll just need a large flat washer for anchoring as the base. A flat washer and coupling are a match made in hardware store heaven. They're also spectacular for their gleaming silver and copper finish (polish them after storing year after year).
So, go make the most of your hardware store! At about $1 a piece, you can't beat the price.
What other hardware store supplies do you love crafting with? Tell us in the comments.