Candles are among my favorite things in the world, and nowhere is this love more evident than when it comes to holiday decorating. My husband and I recently came to the agreement that I could continue on with my candle obsession as long as I started making my own to cut down on some of the associated costs.
Up until this point, the compromise has worked because I started making my own Mason jar candles, but when it comes to freestanding pillar candles and candle holders, I’ve been at a loss for how to incorporate some DIY elements…until now! With this new candle cover kit, you can create a multitude of different candle containing devices for the cost of one.
Supplies Creating a DIY Candle Holder:
Although the kit also comes equipped with chicken wire and fleur-de-lis charms that are fantastic when wrapped around a candle itself, today I’ll show you how to work with the decorative metal sheet to create an upright candle holder.
In addition to the metal sheet and the wrapping wire contained in the kit, you will also need:
- Gloves for safety
- Tin snips or heavy-duty scissors
Step 1: Measuring & Cutting
Begin by wrapping the metal sheet around the candle to determine the appropriate width. Don’t forget to account for the little bit of space you’ll need to fit the candle inside! Using the pencil, mark the edge where the two ends overlap and carefully snip off the appropriate amount of the metal sheeting. You can see how I’ve done this on the right side of the sheet below.
Using your ruler, find the center of the sheet and make horizontal pencil lines on either side so that after you cut off the upper corners, you will end up with a middle meeting point. Snip off the edges on both sides and here’s how it will look:
Step 2: Joining the Edges
Carefully join the two edges and “lace” the accompanying metal wire around the edges to create a seam. You’ll notice how on the top of the candle I’ve crisscrossed the wires over each other to create an “x,” but at the bottom of the candle, there are single diagonal lines. Either way will work, but I wanted to show you the two different options for securing the two sides together.
Once you have wrapped the wire around the entire seam, bend the wire in on itself inside of the metal frame, such that it will not stab or poke you when handling the candle holder.
Although I originally intended to use the shorter pillar candle inside the frame, a taller candle of the same width made more sense once I had actually completed the project. And therein lies one of my favorite aspects of DIY projects – the ability to adjust and improvise as you go!
Step 3: Display and Enjoy
In terms of staging, placing candles on a mirror is my #1 trick for maximizing the shining light. In the same way that strategically placed wall mirrors can create the illusion of a larger space, the reflective nature of the mirror really aids in bouncing the rays around the room and creating a beautiful ambiance on a table at the same time.Also, choosing a mirror with a different shape than your table and the candles themselves is another way to create interest in a display. Because my candles and table are both round, I’ve opted for a hexagonal mirror, but a square, rectangular, or octagonal mirror would accomplish the same goal.
Finally, when grouping your candles, play around with the height and texture of the different candles you choose to use. Place taller ones in the back of the display, mix in different colors and finishes and don’t be afraid to add your own embellishments. Something as simple as a glitter rope wrapped around a basic white pillar candle can add that extra something special and make the entire display pop! I always work with odd numbers of items that I am grouping. For the size of my mirror and table, five candles is the magic number: three would have been too few and seven would have been too many.
What other ways have you found to cut costs and exercise your creativity when creating holiday decorations for your home?
Rheney Williams is a whiz at almost anything DIY and likes to write about ‘how-tos’ for The Home Depot. If you would like to do a similar project like the one Rheney created in this article, go to homedepot.com to find the materials and other Christmas decorations