DIY Wedding: Clay Candle Holders

Emily Newman launched Once Wed in March 2008 as a free online listing service for wedding dresses. Since then, the site has grown into a premiere wedding planning destination that celebrates unconventional weddings, bouts of inspiration, used wedding dresses and more. Look out for Newman's posts all month long on the Lonny blog!

Kelli Hunt created this candle tutorial for us last year, but I couldn’t resist featuring them again since a cluster of elegantly tapered candles really never goes out of style! The tutorial is based on porcelain candleholders from this winter wedding board. Enjoy!

(Photo courtesy Emily Newman, Once Wed)You'll need:
  • Rolling pin
  • Taper candles
  • Pizza cutter
  • Wine cork (or something of similar size)
  • DAS Air drying modeling clay


(Photo courtesy Emily Newman, Once Wed)Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. Roll clay out to about an 1/8" thick with the rolling pin.
  2. Cut clay with pizza cutter into 3/4" strips, and cut ends to a diagonal.
  3. Wrap strips around wine cork, then take the clay off the cork.
  4. Place candles in holder to test the correct width. Take out the candles and let the clay air dry overnight (about 10-12 hours).
  5. Paint clay to desired color (white for this inspiration board).


(Photo courtesy Emily Newman, Once Wed)Place candles in holders and you’re finished!

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