DIY Rustic Candlesticks DIY Rustic Candlesticks

What You'll Need
Paraffin wax
Small Double boiler
String/candlewick
Wooden spoon
Metal nuts
Scissors
10 twigs, 3 to 4 inches long by 1/2 inch diameter
6 twigs, 5 inches long by 1/2 inch diameter
1 piece of wood, 1 inch long by 3/4 inch diameter
Glue
Headless nails
Hammer
Small saw

If you want a rustic look in your home then making your own candlesticks and holders is a perfect way to do so. Dipping candles is a straightforward process enabling you to form candles that are perfect for your needs. As you grow more familiar with the process you can experiment with different candle sizes and shapes and even add colour or fragrances to your own personal preference.

FOR MAKING CANDLES

Step 1 – Melt Wax

Melt the paraffin wax using the double boiler until it is completely liquidized. It should take around 20 minutes. Stir the wax occasionally to assist the process.

Step 2 – Prepare Wick

Cut a length of the string or candlewick a few inches longer than the length you want your candle to be. Attach a metal nut to one end of the wick and tie the other end around the middle of the wooden spoon.

Step 3 – Dip Candle

Using the spoon as a handle slowly dip the wick into the wax and remove it. The wick may bend slightly although the weight of the nut will help prevent that. If it has bent you will need to straighten it before it dries.

Step 4 - Repeat Dipping

Once the wax has dried repeat the dipping process until you reach the diameter you want. Allow the wax to dry between each dip. For a thin candlestick you will require at least 10 dips. A thicker candle will need more dips and take a little longer to produce.

Step 5 – Finish

When you have achieved the candle size that you want cut the metal nut from the bottom of the candlestick. Leave around ½ an inch of wick above the wax when you cut the wooden spoon from the top of the candle.

FOR MAKING A CANDLESTICK HOLDER

Step 1 – Measure and Cut Pieces

Use the saw to cut your twigs to the correct size then sand the ends lightly. The 10 twigs should be of varying sizes for rustic authenticity.

Step 2 – Form Center Support

To form the base for the candle to sit on securely hammer a headless nail into the 1 inch piece of wood. Leave about an inch of the nail sticking up from the wood as this will hold the candle in place.

Step 3 – Edging Twigs

Place the 10 twigs around the center support and nail them into place one by one. To make it easier you may want to glue them into position first then hammer in the nail after.

Step 4 – Base Support

Place the 5 inch twigs around the centerpiece one on top of each other similar to the style of a log cabin building. This will provide additional support for the candle.

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