Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Bow Candleholders

Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Bow Candleholders

Tara Bellucci
Nov 19, 2013
(Image credit: Merrypad)
Maker: Emily Fazio
Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 2 hours
Project Cost: $10, includes candles and clay
(Image credit: Merrypad)

Emily used driftwood branches to create this cute, quick, and customizable gift that's fabulous for the hostess on your list, and costs less than a bottle of wine.

Materials & tools:

  • Branches 2" in diameter

  • Chop saw

  • Paddle bits and a cordless drill
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Tapers
  • Oven-bake clay in colors of your preference (air-dry options work too, but extend the time required to make the project)
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife (or pizza cutter!)
  • Hot glue and a hot glue gun
  • Oven


  1. Cut branches into eight 1" cross sections.
  2. Using a paddle bit that's slightly smaller than your candle tapers, drill through four of the branch pieces.
  3. Use wood glue to pair the drilled pieces with an undrilled piece. Clamp them for an hour to secure the bond.
  4. Make narrow strips of clay, using a rolling pin to flatten and a pizza cutter to create clean edges.
  5. Fold the strip of clay into a bow shape. It looks especially finished if you wrap a second piece of clay around the center.
  6. Stand the bows upright, and make sure that they stand balanced by themselves before they are cured solid in the oven. They're decorative, but they will also help to stabilize your candlesticks and prevent tipping of lit candles!
  7. Bake bows per instructions on the clay packaging.
  8. Allow the bows to cool, and then use hot glue to attach them to the wooden candlestick base.
  9. Put the taper candles into the holder. Make sure the fit is snug!
  10. Wrap them up in a pretty little package and gift to mom, your BFF, or the hostess of the holiday party!
(Image credit: Merrypad)

Thanks to Emily for sharing the Bow Candleholders gift idea. Check out her blog, Merrypad for more of her creativity and style.

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