There's nothing quite like the ambiance of a wax candle. Unlike the faux battery-operated options, a candle's warm glow is timeless and elegant. Homemade candle holders add to the charm of this age-old home essential by taking the candle's design one step further.
Want a simple craft project you can do in a couple of hours that will markedly improve your space? Try one of these DIY candle holder ideas the next time you're feeling inspired.
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Add Varying Heights to Taper Candles
If you use candlesticks a lot when entertaining, consider this DIY taper candle holder, which is as sleek as it is modern. The key to this craft project is to vary the height of each holder and create a large grouping of more than five candles. If creating an arrangement intimidates you, follow the instructions and pattern provided exactly.
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Use Plaster and Fresh Flowers to Make This Votive Holder
Plaster dipped flowers are so interesting to look at because no two turn out the same. The process is messy and imperfect, but the results are ethereal and well worth the effort. Make sure to get a bouquet with a variety of flowers so you can experiment.
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Wrap a Candle With Cork Ribbon
Many pillar candles are best kept inside glass hurricanes for safety reasons. However, if your style is a bit more rustic or eclectic, hurricanes can feel a bit drab. Upgrade a standard glass candle holder by simply wrapping it with cork ribbon.
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Update Thrift Store Candlesticks Using Spray Paint
Sometimes when you buy things from the thrift store, they don't look charming and vintage. They just look dated. Such is the case with a lot of the brass candlesticks from the 1980's and 90's. Revitalize these inexpensive finds using spray paint in a color and finish that is on trend and works well with your decor.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Craft a Boho Candleholder Using Balsa Wood
This candleholder works best with small votives inside glass jars. Don't be turned off by this project just because it requires some basic woodworking to get started. Working with wood doesn't have to be intimidating, and this project is relatively easy once you master the panel cutting.
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Repurpose an Old Tin Into a Candle
Candle holders come in all shapes and sizes, and many of them might already be around your house serving other purposes. You can either place votives inside old tins or pour wax into the tin to create your own candle. Just be sure to use a hot plate since the metal can heat up and damage the surface underneath.
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Upgrade a Candleholder Using Copper Accents
This candle holder idea is inspired by a much more expensive copper-lined votive holder that cost around $70 to buy. For just around $20, you can make this knock-off using copper tape, glass, and some glue. We bet most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
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Adhere Some Glitter to a Jar Candle
The nice thing about this candleholder tutorial is that it shows you how to decorate the candle jar with glitter, but it also shows you how to pour the candle from scratch. Create your own colors and fragrances to make this project more personalized.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Make Hurricane Lanterns From Dollar Store Frames
Large hurricane lantern candle holders make great home decor accents on the front porch, on an outdoor table, and even inside on the dining room table. However, most lanterns are cost prohibitive. This ingenious DIY project reimagines five frames that cost $1 apiece.
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Transform Wood Blocks Into Taper Candleholders
The best taper candle holders have a wide base to catch all the dripping wax so it doesn't get all over the dining room table. This candleholder idea is ideal for that since the wood blocks create a large enough base around the bottom of the taper candle.
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Create a Centerpiece Using Birch and Airplants
Want a live centerpiece for your dining room? Airplants are an easy way to add live greenery to pretty much any craft project since they are very resilient. Incorporate your taper candles into a piece of white birch and use airplants and succulents to fill in the gaps.
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Use Produce as a Candle Holder
Would you make a candle inside of fresh produce? Perhaps this crafter is onto something since this project is both pleasant to look at and environmentally friendly. This DIY candleholder idea is most suitable for fall when pumpkins and gourds are plentiful.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Paint Candle Holders in a Moroccan Style
All you need to tackle this candle holder idea is some inexpensive glass jars, paint, and a little bit of patience. To master the Moroccan style, practice some simple designs and patterns on paper first. Then, take some puffy paint and get creative!
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Repurpose a Vintage Teacup Into a Candleholder
Have you ever had a stray teacup that you weren't sure whether or not you should keep it? One idea is to use the vintage porcelain as a small planter, which would work well for indoor herbs. You can also learn how to pour wax into the teacup to create a charming candle like you see here.
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Marbleize the Inside of Candle Holders
This is a fun project whether you need a ton of colorful votive candles for a wedding or you're just looking to add some pattern to your home. If you decide to make these candle holders for a wedding, they also would double as wonderful party favors.
DIY Painted Votives from Once Wed