I’m not going to lie. I have a small obsession with vintage candle holders. I can’t help but reach out to them whenever I see one on a shelf at the antique mall, and there are just so many to choose from—whether you’re looking for glass, metal, ceramic, or anything in between. Lately, though, I’ve picked up on the fact that they’re pretty much a dime a dozen at most thrift shops. Literally.
After years of hoarding all the vintage candle holders I could fit in our cabinets, I decided to challenge myself to go beyond the “expected.” Yes, I can find cool secondhand candle handles for our collection, but anyone can do that! I wanted to try my hand at making something truly one-of-a-kind and unique to our house, and to do that I fell back on one of my favorite DIY supplies: air-dry clay.
This is one of those times when the project turned out better than I had ever expected it would. My vision was to roll out and cut a ribbon-like shape from clay, and then add holes for candles. I don’t mind admitting that I was nervous about how the candle holder would actually function, but it truly works like a charm! I think the key is making sure you roll the clay out a little on the thick side so it’s extra sturdy on your tabletop, and I also recommend using dripless candles so you avoid getting wax on your tabletops (I think you’d do that for any candle holder, though, right?).
Hop to Hunker here to see my full step-by-step tutorial, including a supply list so you can stock up before your next rainy spring afternoon. Tell me…would you DIY your next candle holder, or do you still prefer to discover yours from a local antique or thrift store?
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Love this idea! What happens if the wax drips onto the holder? I don’t mind that look (obviously eye it for safety, but I don’t mind a little wax on my candlestick holders) – will the hot wax ruin the holder given its DIY nature? Or is it pretty solid? Thanks!
I think it should be fine since the paint is a latex finish (almost turns it into a hard plastic), but I would definitely always use dripless taper candles for this project.