How to Make Creative Candle Holderscomments (1) August 19th, 2009
by Sue Whitney
excerpted from CraftStylish Restyle, p. 51
Everyone needs a little light in their lives, so why not brighten your day by making candle holders? These beauties are quick, easy, and inexpensive, but the best part is that they look like you labored for hours crafting them. I say go ahead and let people believe you did—your secret is safe with me. If you’re just getting started repurposing or you’re short on time, this is the right project for you.
You may be wondering where to find the raw materials I used here. Flea markets, garage sales, and thrift shops are crowd favorites, but my stainless-steel goodies were rescued from a used-restaurant-supply store. These hot spots have oodles of the good stuff just waiting to be reclaimed. Dishes, glassware, kitchen utensils, baking pans, and much more can be found at these outlets, so check for one in your neck of the woods.
What You'll Need:
• Cleaning cloth
• Container or tin-can top for mixing epoxy, small
• Epoxy, such as JB Weld Kwik
• Florist’s tape
• Permanent spray adhesive, such as 3M Sprayment
• Scalloped stainless-steel dishes, small
• Stainless-steel cleaner
• Stainless-steel, restaurant-supply cups
• Super glue, such as Gorilla Glue
• Utility knife, small
• Vintage keys
Fashion your candle holder
These cute candle holders are stacked and then trimmed with colorful tape. Here, a key is used as an embellishment, but the possibilities for dressing up the accessories are open to your imagination.
1. Clean your supplies. Wash your cup and scalloped dish in warm soapy water; then polish them with stainless-steel cleaner and a soft cleaning cloth.
2. Prep the tape. Cut two lengths of florist’s tape approximately the circumference of the top and base of the stainless cup. Remove elasticity by carefully pulling to stretch the tape. Next, check the length again by wrapping the tapes around the cup. Allow enough length for a small overlap. Cut the tapes to the appropriate lengths.
3. Place the tape. Spray the tape on the wrong side with adhesive, and apply the strips to the cup. Align the overlap with the hole in the cup, but don’t actually cover it; the tape should be applied just below and above the hole. Let the adhesive dry before you continue.
4. Attach the key. Apply super glue to the key and affix the key to the cup. Line the key up with the overlaps in the tape, and center the hole in the key over the cup’s hole.
5. Mix the epoxy. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, mix the epoxy on a disposable item, such as a piece of cardboard. You will need to move quickly as the epoxy sets in four minutes. Flip the scalloped dish upside-down, and apply a thin layer of epoxy to the bottom of the dish with the applicator that comes with the epoxy or a utility knife.
6. Glue the parts together. Attach the scalloped dish to the base of the cup, making sure it’s centered. Then let it dry. Put a candle in the dish, light the candle, and enjoy.
TIP: From Candles to Flowers
We’re thinking of this artful little creation as a candle holder, but that doesn’t mean you have to. You could also create a vase by swapping the placement of the cups, as shown at right. If flowers aren’t your style, put whatever suits your fancy into your creation.