Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I have a fun project to share with you today.
Have you seen the new Nate Berkus collection at Target? As always, the collection is full of fabulous pieces. One accessory that immediately caught my eye was this Gold Multiple Taper Candleholder. I love it and decided to challenge myself by making one of my own.
In fact, I made two of them – one in gold and one in deep blue. I think they turned out pretty well. What do you think?
They were actually quite easy to make. Let me show you how.
Multiple Taper Candleholder
For this project you will need (for one holder):
3 wood parson legs (I found mine at Lowe’s.
spray paint (color and primer)
7/8 inch boring bit
The first step is to cut your wood. I cut nine pieces out of the three wood legs. The tallest piece will be 12 inches. For each subsequent piece, just subtract one inch. The shortest piece will be 4 inches.
Once the pieces are cut, sand them to eliminate any rough edges. I used this Rockwell Orbit Sander which made the job super quick and easy.
Next, drill a hole in each piece of wood for the candle. Begin by finding the center on each piece. To do this I used a gift card (A ruler would work, too) and set it on the block diagonally from corner to corner. I drew a short line in the center. I repeated this step on the opposite corners.
The point where the lines cross in the “X” is the center of the wood.
Then, use a drill and bit to cut holes in the wood. When drilling, be sure to secure the wood in a vise or grip. Drill about 3/4 inch into the wood. If the holes are rough, give them another quick sanding.
Next, spray the wood with primer. Wood tends to suck up paint, so I think this is an important step. It makes the color go on a lot easier.
Once primed, spray with your color. I used gold and oxford blue.
Take your time with this process. You don’t want any paint runs in your final products. It will take a little longer, but do multiple thin coats until the wood is completely covered.
Once everything is painted and completely dry, it’s time to glue them together.
Start by organizing the blocks in a way that is appealing to the eye. Start with the tallest at the center and work your way out. It took me some time, but after playing around with them a bit, I came up with a configuration that I like. Both candleholders have a different order, so there is really no “right way” to do this. Just keep playing until you are pleased with the layout.
Next, glue the pieces today. I used E6000. This was the first time I used this glue, and I was amazed at how well it worked. I think these wood pieces are stuck together for life.
Apply a strip of glue to one piece and adhere it to another. Work around the piece until everything is glued together. I placed a few of my pieces off-center to create interest so I only put glue on a portion of the wood block. It held just as well.
I recommend leaving this set overnight for a really tight hold. After that, your Multiple Taper Candleholder is complete!
Let’s take a look at the blue one first. I paired this one with white candlesticks.
Originally I had planned to do one with various shades of pink and orange, but I didn’t like how that looked, so I opted for this deep blue color. I’m so glad I did! Plus, I think this will look better in my house.
I don’t really own a lot of things in a deep blue color, but I really like how it turned out. I’m pushing my color comfort zone a little bit.
However, as you may have guessed, the gold one is my favorite.
I had some blue candles and I think they work really well in this piece. The spray paint I used is Rust-Oleum American Accents Bright Metallic in Gold. This is probably my favorite gold spray paint. It’s almost a matte gold, but there is still a hint of reflectiveness. It’s perfection.
Can you imagine how great this will be during the holidays with red candles? Or maybe even a bright pink!
I will light this at some point and show you how it looks. I just needed these candles for another photo shoot, so I couldn’t burn them yet. I’m also so happy that both of these look pretty amazing in my office. They are currently sitting candle-less on a shelf until I can find the perfect spot for them.
While my buddy Nate gave me the inspiration, I think I could give him a run for his money with my version. What do you think?
This post was not compensated. However, Rockwell did provide me with this Orbit Sander at no cost. As always the opinions, thoughts, and ideas are my own.