Creative Ideas for Taper Candle Holders


Candles give a warm glow, set a mood and invite people to gather around. Gone are the days of candles as utilitarian devices; today, they are used in nearly every room, including bathrooms. Rather than choosing from mass-produced candle holders that anyone could buy, use some imagination and craft sense to create new taper candle holders or repurpose old objects as interesting taper candle holders.

Wine Bottles

  • Wine bottle openings are the ideal size to hold taper candles. If your candles are a little too thick at the bottom, trim away a small bit of wax so they will fit. If the candles are too small, wrap the bottoms with a few rounds of masking tape. Wine bottles are available in many colors, but the most common ones are clear or dark green. Leave some bottles intact for tall holders. Cut other bottles off at varying heights for shorter ones, as shown at Design Sponge.

Sea Urchins and Sugar Sand

  • Dried sea urchins are available at craft supply stores and beach shops. They have a natural opening on one side that is just the right size to hold a taper candle, as shown by Martha Stewart. For a summery display, fill a container like a glass bowl or galvanized metal bucket with sugar sand, which is fine and very soft. Insert taper candles into dried sea urchins and nestle them into the sand for balance and stability. Leave the display simple, or scatter assorted shells on the sand around the candles.

Empty Jars

  • Hefty Mason jars and even mayo containers make unusual taper holders with lots of sparkle, as shown at Apartment Therapy. Heat the bottom of a candle until it drips a small puddle of wax into the jar and quickly press the candle into the wax until it hardens. The jar catches all future drippings. Arrange several colors and sizes on a table for a centerpiece. Leave the group plain or arrange greenery, flowers or other other decorative items around the jars.

Bud Vases

  • Bud vases are designed with slender necks to hold one or two flowers. The small opening at the top is the right size for holding taper candles. There are countless styles and colors, and many are inexpensive thrift store finds. Use several vases made from milk glass for a clean white group that casts a pinkish glow when the candles are lit--true milk glass has pink tones that only show when light passes through. Choose earthenware vases for a warm, harvest look on a fall table. Stand individual vases on a mantle in front of a mirror for added light or group them on a platter as a centerpiece.

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