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Making a Tree Candlestick Holder


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January 14, 2020

Tree Candlestick Holder - finished recycled bottle tree candle holderCandlesticks are a great way to decorate your home. I have made these candlestick holders as table decorations for parties, given them to friends, and used them around the house to display candles. Here in Tahiti, it is a tradition to visit the gravesite of the loved ones who have passed. We light candles for them to light their way. These candlestick holders are beautiful and they look great when we light the candles. They are fun to make and cost very little.

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Total Time: 6 Hours

Yield: 1 Candlestick Holder

Supplies:

  • 2 empty beer bottles
  • 3 empty 1.5 liter Coke bottles
  • scissors
  • knife
  • white acrylic paint
  • red, green, blue, orange, or yellow acrylic paint
  • sponge
  • wood glue
  • hair dryer
  • glitter gel
Tree Candlestick Holder - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Clean the Coke bottles and the beer bottles. Use the white acrylic paint to paint the first layer of paint on the beer bottle. Allow the paint to dry.
  2. Tree Candlestick Holder - beer bottles painted white
     
  3. Apply the second layer of paint to the bottle. You can use any color paint you wish for the project. I am using red paint on mine because it was for a friend who asked me to make some for her. Allow the paint to dry.
  4. Tree Candlestick Holder - apply color, red used on this one
     
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  5. While the paint is drying take your cleaned Coke bottle and cut off the middle section where the label is. You can use a knife to start this and the scissors to finish cutting around the label of the bottle. We will just use the upper and lower section of the bottle to cut the leaves for the tree.
  6. Tree Candlestick Holder - cutting the Coke bottle next to label with a knife to start
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - continuing with scissors
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - repeat to remove the lower part of the bottle below the label
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - center of the bottle removed
     
  7. On the top section of the bottle cut up the bottle towards the neck of the bottle. You will see that the bottle has lines on the bottle. Use these lines to cut by.
  8. Tree Candlestick Holder - cut the top of the bottle towards the neck
     
  9. Now cut around the neck of the bottle to remove all the pieces you have cut.
  10. Tree Candlestick Holder - cut around the neck to remove the pieces
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - stack of bottle pieces
     
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  11. Do the same for the bottom half of the bottle.
  12. Tree Candlestick Holder - remove the knobby bottom
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - bottom in two pieces
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - repeat step 5
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - pieces cut from the bottom of the bottle
     
  13. Now cut the leaves of your tree. You can make them any shape you wish. I am using an oval shape that is pointed on both ends. For the larger pieces from the bottom half of the bottle, cut them in half and then cut your pieces for the tree you are making.
  14. Tree Candlestick Holder - cutting plastic pieces into leaf shapes
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - the larger pieces can be cut in half and then shaped
     
  15. Paint the front and backside of each piece and allow it to dry. I laid mine on wax paper because they dry easier and it makes it easier to remove them when they are dry. I would suggest using some gloves because your hands get a lot of paint on them when you are doing this.
  16. Tree Candlestick Holder - painting the leaf shapes
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - leaves drying on waxed paper
     
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  17. At one end of the leaf bend it up just a bit and add wood glue to the leaf. You will also need to apply a little wood glue to the bottle. Place the leaf on the bottle and use your hairdryer to start to set the glue. You will start at the bottom of the bottle and work your way up to the neck of the bottle. You can place several leaves on the bottle at a time before using the hairdryer to set the leaves in place.
  18. Tree Candlestick Holder - jar lid with wood glue inside
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - fold up one tip of each leaf and apply glue
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - sticking leaf to the bottle working from the bottom
     
    Tree Candlestick Holder - several rows glued in place, beer bottle resting on the bottoms of two liter bottles
     
  19. When done, you can add glitter gel to the leaves of the bottle. This makes the bottle shine when the candle is lit. Once the glitter gel has dried your candlestick is ready to use.
  20. Tree Candlestick Holder - once the leaves are dry you can add glitter gel
     
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