Candles add a soft touch of elegance to any setting, any decor and any home. While candles are available in virtually every shape, size, color and even scent you could wish for, pre-made candle holder designs are not nearly so diverse.
The obvious solution is DIY candle holders.
If you have thought of the idea of making them before but did not ever act on it because it seemed like too much trouble, here is a list of 25 of the most creative that involve both minimal effort and minimal cost. From some of the lightest and most delicate materials suited to a romantic dinner to concrete votives that may be left out in the garden, these ideas have been compiled to cater to every need and desire you have for soft candlelight in a DIY holder.
The materials and colors are suggestions but you may swap them to suit your own home. They also make perfect gifts for friends and family in which the care and effort you invested will be obvious. Most of these designs take less than an hour to make, although you may have to wait longer for glue or concrete to dry.
1. DIY Water Lilies – plastic spoon candle holder
Create a stunning water lily design quickly and easily with just some plastic spoons and a glue gun. Add paint and tealight holders to suit your decor.
DIY Details: diyfuntips
2. DIY Concrete Votive
Looking for an outdoor votive? How about one made of solid concrete? The beautiful bubbles in the cast mean no two will be alike, and you can dress them up with metallic paint for stunning effect.
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3. Candle holder from glass jar and doilies
Possibly one of the quickest ways to instantly transform a simple light into a work of art, this method can take just seconds if you are short of time!
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4. DIY Laced Cement Votive
Who new gentle lace could make such intricate lines in concrete? See how some simple design can turn concrete into art.
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5. Prism Candle Light
Prisms and kaleidoscopes transform light into art, and this is the perfect way to create your own.
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6. DIY Doilie Candle holder
Balloons come in all shapes and sizes, and now so can your candle holders. A unique use of a childhood favorite.
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7. DIY Burlap and Doily Luminaries
There is nothing like the elegance of simplicity. These burlap luminaries will give you just that.
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8. DIY Wooden Block Candle holders
The square edges of the block contrast beautifully with the soft round lines of a candle. Stunning.
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9. DIY cut-paper candle holders
If you love texture, give this one a try. With bumpy edges all around, you might not even want to put it down…
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10. DIY Copper Candlestick Holder
Nice, clean lines, or as intricate as you prefer – this copper candle holder can be whatever you desire.
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11. Gold Dipped Log Candle Holders
Something old and natural combined with something new and shiny. These gold-dipped logs are a great combination of rustic and modern.
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12. DIY Scented candles in vintage tea cups
The beauty of vintage tea cups lends a refined loveliness to everything at a table, even the wax and wick it contains.
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13. DIY Copper Striped Candle Holders
Adding reflections to virtually any object can transform its appearance. This simple DIY project uses that principle to great effect.
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14. DIY Handmade shell candles
The beauty of the sea shore combines with soft scent and gentle hues of candle wax in this ingenious project.
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15. DIY Tiny Concrete Candlesticks
A new twist on an old favorite – it’s the colors and shapes that make this one so special.
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16. DIY Rustic Tea Light Candle Holder
The great thing about this project is that you probably have a block of wood lying around for which you never imagined a use. Well, here it is.
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17. DIY: Easy Rope-Wrapped Candle Holder
Isn’t it great to find a use for something that you would otherwise have thrown out? Everything here is made up of what you would have considered ‘junk’.
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18. DIY Film Candle Holder
From negative to positive! Old negatives make for interesting, nostalgic additions to any project.
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19. Stained Glass Votive
No one will believe how quickly you could have created something that looks so elaborately beautiful. Don’t tell them your secrets!
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20. DIY Mercury Glass Candle holders
Real mercury glass? Not quite, but close enough that almost no one will be able to tell the difference.
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21. DIY Painted Votive
What’s better than using everyday items creatively? Using leftovers from previous creative projects for new ones. Here’s how.
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22. Feathered Votive Holders
Next time you find a stray feather floating gently through the air, grab a hold of it and keep it for this beautiful project.
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23. DIY Faceted Clay Tealight Holders
If your imperfections in your creative efforts, this is the perfect way to celebrate them.
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24. Heart Candle Holder
Using tape for a color blocked look works really well for this simple heart design.
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25. Lotus Candle Holders
The elegant lotus flower is a welcome addition to any decor due to its elaborate and intricate natural design. Here’s how to design one for your home.
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