Add some designer style to your table with these super easy DIY candlestick holders made out of clay!
While looking for some inspiration for my Thanksgiving table this year, I came across this tablescape and fell in love with the candle holders.
When I started searching online to buy some like them, I couldn’t find them anywhere besides a few small sites and they were like $35 a piece!
So, in my true DIY’er fashion, I decided to attempt to make my own.
This project is honestly SO easy, and they turned out looking great!
If you’re looking for some pretty candle holders that will add style to your dining table (or even a console table or mantel!) these DIY candlestick holders are the perfect project for you.
I hope this tutorial helps you realize how easy and customizable they are!
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Candlestick Holder FAQ
Do candles need a holder?
Functionally, some candles do actually need a holder to hold them upright.
Candlesticks, for example, can not stand up on their own and do need some sort of holder to put them on display.
Candles with larger diameters (like pillar or votive candles) don’t necessarily need a holder, although they do look much more stylish and appealing in decor with some sort of holder. Even if that’s simply a small tray or something sitting underneath them.
While tea lights also don’t need a holder to function, I’d definitely encourage you to put them in some sort of holder to make them more visually appealing.
Here are a few of my favorite candle holders:
How do you make a candlestick holder?
In this tutorial, I’m giving you very simple step-by-step instructions for how to make a candlestick holder with oven bake clay!
If this style isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, here are a few other fun DIY candle holder ideas:
What can I use instead of a candle holder?
One of my favorite things to use in place of a candle holder (for pillars, votives or tea lights) is a tray or something simple underneath them. This could be a slice of wood, a glass plate, even a marble coaster!
Think of it as a way of “grounding” the candle rather than having it held by something. 🙂
Here are the types of grounding elements I use under my candles:
Ok, ready for our tutorial? Let’s get to it!
How to Make DIY Clay Candlestick Holders
For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.
Instructions for Making DIY Candle Stick Holders from Clay
STEP 1: Roll Out the Clay
Use your rolling pin to roll the clay out until it’s about 1/4″ thick.
STEP 2: Make Your Base
Press the top of one of your bowls into the clay and remove all the extra clay from around the bowl.
Remove the bowl and then carefully go around the edge of your clay base with an exacto knife to create a perpendicular edge around the circle.
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STEP 3: Make the Candle Holder
Use a straight edge (I used a plastic ruler) to press a 1″ strip out of your remaining flattened clay.
Wrap the 1″ strip around the base of your taper candle and trim the extra off with your exacto knife. Then press the seam together with your fingers to create a ring.
Use the exacto knife to trim one end of the ring so the top is nice and flat.
Then pinch the base of the other side of the ring to flex it out wide. Continue pressing the bottom until it’s got enough of a flattened base to set onto the base.
Place your ring on the base and work the bottom edge into the main circle base using your finger.
Simply rub it gently until the clay merges into the base without a seam.
After your full holder is assembled, place your candlestick inside and make sure it holds the candle up straight. If not, you can roll small pieces of clay up and place them inside the ring to give it the perfect fit.
STEP 4: Bake and Paint
Bake your candlestick holders according to the instructions that came with your clay (I baked mine for about 12 minutes) and then let them cool.
Once your DIY candlestick holders are done cooling, you can leave them as-is, paint or seal them according to what style you like.
I had originally planned to leave my holders the clay color and simply seal them with a clear spray, but I decided they were too cream in color.
I really wanted glossy white for mine, so I spray painted them and after just one coat of paint they looked exactly how I was envisioning!
I made 3 different sizes and love the sophisticated style they add to the table!
I used them for a dinner party recently and realized that one benefit of the large base is that it protects the linens from drips of wax as the candle burns.
They would look really cool with colored candlesticks too.
And I love how candles look when they’re lit!
I’ve searched high and low for these type of candleholders and all of the ones I found were really expensive.
I couldn’t believe how cheap and easy these DIY candlestick holders were to make!
Seriously – you’ve got to make some for yourself!
As promised, here are the printable instructions:
- Roll out your clay using your rolling pin until it's 1/4" thick.
- Press a bowl onto the clay and remove the extra clay from around the bowl to create the round base.
- Cut around the edge of your base with an exacto knife to create a straight edge.
- Use a straight-edge to press a 1" strip out of your remaining 1/4" thick clay.
- Wrap the strip around your taper candlestick and use the exacto knife to trim off the extra. Then press the edges together with your fingers to create a ring.
- Use an exacto knife to trim off the top of the ring making it nice and flat.
- Use your fingers to gently press out the bottom of the ring to create a wide, flexed out base to adhere to the base.
- Place the ring on the base and use your finger to massage the flexed out portion of the ring into the base until no seam remains.
- Bake according to your clay's instructions and let cool.
- Finish with clear coat or paint (if desired.)