How to Make Bobeches

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Bobeches are collars that fit around candlesticks to catch wax drips. They were originally made of glass, but the convenience of craft supply choices has made it possible for them to be crafted from other materials. Make bobeches using paper to match your room's decor or your holiday theme. Inexpensive paper bobeches can be made using scrapbook paper, printed card stock, wallpaper or recycled papers. Complete a set of bobeches in less than half an hour. Once used, they can be discarded.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 coordinating sheets of decorative paper
  • Compass
  • Decorative-edged scissors
  • Stick craft glue
  • Ruler
  • Cutting board
  • Craft knife
  • Taper candle

Prepare the Paper

  • Place a sheet of decorative paper on your work surface with the back side facing up. Trace a 4-inch circle on the paper using a compass.

  • Cut out the circle using decorative-edge scissors.

  • Place a coordinating sheet of decorative paper on your work surface with the back side facing up. Trace a 2 1/2-inch circle on the paper using a compass.

  • Cut out the circle using decorative-edge scissors.

  • Apply stick craft glue to the back side of the small circle. Center the small circle on the front of the larger circle. Press firmly with your fingers to adhere.

  • Place the layered circles on a cutting board with the back side facing up. Cut a 1-inch "X"-shape in the center of the circle using a craft knife. Turn the circle a quarter turn. Cut another 1-inch "X"-shape in the center of the circle.

  • Turn the bobeche with the front side facing up. Place the bottom end of a taper candle over the center cuts. Push the bottom of the candle through center cuts and stand the candle in a holder.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add additional decoration by gluing sequins, buttons or glitter to the front of the bobeche before inserting the candle.
  • Recycle memorable greeting cards from previous holidays or celebrations into bobeches.
  • Do not allow your candles to burn down to the paper bobeches.
  • Do not leave candles burning unattended.
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