Homemade Candle Holder Ideas

You can create beautiful, original candle holders using a variety of new and recycled materials. This is a guide about homemade candle holder ideas.

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Here's a unique way to use cups and saucers from tea sets that have broken or missing pieces. You could also purchase vintage cups and saucers and create these candle holders to give as gifts. The one pictured is from a mini tea set.

Cup and saucer candle holder.

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Hurricane candle holder decorated with silk flowers.Here is a homemade hurricane candle lamp.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes


  • plate
  • clay pot
  • butter tub
  • saucer
  • candle
  • flowers
  • hot glue and gun
  • spray paint
  • hurricane lamp shade or chimney


  1. First of all spray paint all pieces and let dry.
  2. Glue the clay pot to the plate.
  3. Then glue the butter tub, and then the saucer.
  4. You can decorate as you like. I painted mine black, but you can paint and decorate any way you like. For instance you could paint white and paint or stencil on Christmas themes or hearts for Valentines Day.

By Sandy from Bluff City, TN

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Candle holder centerpiece for the holidays.This candle holder is made to look like a lamp

Approximate Time: 1 hour


  • dinner plate and saucer
  • bowl like a butter bowl
  • clay pot (medium size)
  • candle and candle holder
  • spray paint
  • decorations
  • hot glue and gun


  1. Glue the pot upside down in the middle of the plate, then the bowl on the pot then the saucer on the bowl.
  2. Spray paint any color you choose and let dry.
  3. Hot glue your decorations any way you want.
  4. Set candle holder and candle in the middle of the saucer. Light and enjoy.

It makes a great conversation piece.

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I am making wooden candle pedestals. I am staining them and gluing words on them. But my glue shows through the paper that the words are written on. What can I use to attach them? Could I use the last coat of stain like a glue and stick the papers on right before it dries? Thanks in advance.

Linda from Hartley

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Have you tried Modge Podge or wallpaper glue?

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If you have teacups you want to display, maybe mismatched ones you don't want to get rid of, try this. Put a votive candle in them and place them on a stack of books on a bookshelf or an end table. There are many ways to decorate with them. A friend of mine does this and it looks very cute.

By Amy from Oklahoma City, OK

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This is a guide about glass jar candle holder ideas. Using canning jars or glasses you can make decorative candle holders for festive decorations or gifts.

star jar candle holder

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Recylced spice bottle with Christmas scene and taper.I used an old spice bottle for this cute little decoration.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes


  • vintage spice bottle or other bottle with large opening
  • miniature deer figure, or Santa
  • miniature tree
  • bit of fiberfill
  • ribbon trim, silver rick rack
  • vintage jewelry parts or rhinestone
  • small taper candle


  1. Wash bottle well and dry.

  2. Put a dab of hot glue in bottom. Add fiberfill.

  3. Add glue to tree and deer. Place in bottle.

  4. If taper is too narrow for the hole, fill space in with hot glue. Wait several seconds before placing candle in holder.

  5. Add rick rack along bottom of bottle.

  6. Tie ribbon around bottleneck.

  7. Add jewelry piece or rhinestone.

    By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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If you're like me, you love to make decorations for your home by items found in thrift shops and salvage yards. For homemade candle holders where the base isn't too large (like staircase balusters), just epoxy an upholstery tack upside down on the top and you have a place to secure your candle.

By Patricia1951 from Imperial, NE

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Start with a 3x3 inch square block of wood, about 1-2 inches deep. Paint it out with light (off-white, cream, eggshell, etc.) colored craft paint. If you have the tools, drill a 2 inch diameter circle or the diameter of a pillar candle you have on hand. Use glossy or satin finish varnish to seal the paint. Glue small seashells, covering the wood square. You can then begin to glue shells on top of shells to build up the holder. I try to create a wreath effect. Makes a beautiful and classy gift.

By Hache

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For quick, easy mood lighting indoors or outdoors, wrap old sturdy glassware with Sushi bamboo mats, tie with raffia, and insert tea candles.

By Bobbie

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