We have these amazing copper and clay DIY candle holders to show you today, but first meet our guest blogger, Colleen from Lemon Thistle!
Colleen is a wife, new mama to twins, and lover of pretty things. Lemon Thistle is her little corner of the web to document the beauty of life as it speeds by. You can expect to see parties, home decor, printables, good food, photos, and lots of DIY on Lemon Thistle (Oh, and babies too!). Plus, she’s keeping it real on a budget. Please show Colleen some love by visiting her awesome blog and keep in touch with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
These copper and clay DIY candle holders are the perfect centerpiece for your next dinner party or to add some height to a mantle vignette. I have been loving some of the simple clay decor items that have been finding their way to Pinterest and thought it was about time I tried my hand at oven dry clay. I used copper pipe and fittings inside the holders to help the candle holder bake evenly and to help stabilize the candle. You could choose to carry the clay up to the top of the copper or leave some showing as I did for a copper accent. These DIY candle holders are the perfect beginner’s project if you’ve never worked with clay before.
- Sculpey White Oven Bake Modeling Clay
- 1/2” Copper Pipe & 1/2” to 3/4” Fittings
- Pipe Cutter
- Fondant Rolling Pin with Guides (or any rolling pin with even pressure)
- Sharp Knife
- Baking Tray Covered in Foil & Oven
- Watercolor Paints & Flat Paint Brush
- Taper Candles
The first thing you’ll need to do is cut your pipe to length. If you prefer, you can have your hardware store cut your pipe to length before you leave. I chose to make three candle holders of varying heights. Cut your pipe by tightening the hand cutter slowly while spinning it around the pipe until the pipe breaks clean.
Before you get started with clay, you will need to prepare your work surface. I found the best was a glass surface. The clay won’t transfer color to the glass and there’s less opportunity for markings in the clay as there would be with a wax paper covered surface. I sprinkled some cornstarch on the glass to keep the clay from sticking (after having to start over on my first attempt!).
Once your surface is ready, take a small chunk of clay and start working it with your hands to soften it up and get any air bubbles out. Then, roll it with your rolling pin until it is approximately 1/8”
Use your fingers coated in cornstarch to smooth out the edges and blend the seam. I used three layers of 1/8” clay to get the thickness you see here, this also added to the stability (and weight!) of the candle holders.
When they are baked (careful not to bake too long! The copper helps speed the baking process a bit), allow them to fully cool before painting.
I chose to decorate my DIY candle holders with watercolor and I could not be more thrilled with how it turned out! I used Studio 71 watercolors and the Provencial Blue is the perfect indigo color that is on trend right now. Mix your watercolour with varying amounts of water to get the intensity of color you desire and use a flat wash brush to paint stripes, brush strokes, or any pattern you desire.
-Colleen from Lemon Thistle