I recently drove down to Philly to visit my friend Dave who's studying Architecture at Philadelphia University. When I stepped into his studio, I was immediately inspired by all the abstract ideas come to life through drawings and miniature models. I knew I had to get my hands dirty working with metals, building things, and pouring cement (cement DIY coming later this week).
This candleholder DIY uses very simple supplies found in every local hardware store:
- 1/2 in. copper piping (I bought 10')
- galvanized floor flange (1/2 in.)
- galvanized steel pipe nipple (1/2 in. x 2 in.)
- masking tape
- hand saw
The steps are very easy. Using the masking tape, first mark off where you want to saw your copper pipe - I cut mine at 9 inches. Then, get to work with the saw. Use lots of elbow grease...this is the only somewhat difficult part. If you have a man around, put him to work.
Eventually, you will saw through the entire pipe. Don't worry, copper is very soft (relatively) and those little pieces aren't sharp and won't splinter!
Next, assemble your candle sticks. Turn the floor flange upside down, and screw in the steel pipe nipple. Then place your copper pipe (I didn't even secure it, but you could glue it in place) and candle. I had to wrap masking tape around the base of my candle to make it snug inside the copper pipe.
Enjoy your new candle sticks!
I adore the raw, industrial simplicity of these candleholders. They are such a contrast to the ornate and vintage I'm typically drawn to. It was so rewarding to start with an idea to work with new materials, and have the outcome turn out just as I had envisioned. I'm going to use these for my next gathering with friends! Yes, I am obsessed with candles.