I've seen these cake pan towers around and wanted to create one myself, but it seemed everyone had the same idea. No matter which thrift store I looked in, there were never any old aluminum cake pans. OK, that isn't true. There was ONE aluminum cake pan for 50 cents once. I bought it and it set in my "crafts to do hutch" for a year or so. (Tell me I am not the only one that has a "crafts-to-do hutch?!?)
Well, anywho, skip forward a year (or two) and I finally (finally!) stumbled upon two more pans for cheap that were perfectly aged (Read: OLD). They had the right patina, the exact right size and most importantly - the right price tag. I think they were a quarter each.
These candles were already cracked and/or broken, so it was no loss to cut them up. These sticks in particular had a cool square shape to them, so I liked them as a contrast to the round pans, chickpeas, apples and wood coins. Simply cut through the candle with a serrated knife (on a cutting board!) The little grooves created in the wax will give the hot glue a place to go so the candle can fit flush against the pans.
If your cut is a little uneven or you don't have a serrated knife, use a grater to even out the ends. Make sure you use an old grater because the wax will dull the surface of the little blades and your Parmesan won't shred as nicely as it used to!