Picture of Christams Tree Candle Holders
A long time ago, before people began wrapping their Christmas trees in electric lights, candles were added. One particular method developed in Germany during the 19th century involved using weights to balance the candle holders that were perched on the branches. They are also very popular in Scandinavia. I prefer this style over other candle holders that use clips to attach the candles to the branches since they can tilt.

These are great gifts for anyone in your life who goes crazy for Christmas or might be attempting a more traditional look this year.
You will need:

14 gauge single strand copper wire
1/2 inch candles

A semi-dull knife
vise grips
Sheet metal vise grips
15/32 inch diameter (Or something close) bar; I used the handle of an old pry bar
Jewelery pliers (Good ones)
Table vise
Work gloves
Jeans and a small towel

If you are wondering why the bar's diameter is thinner than the candle's, it is because wire never conforms 100% to the base you wrap it around; it always expands just a little bit. Also, you want a snug fit for your candle. One other note, not all candles that say "1/2 inch" are exactly the same 1/2 inch in diameter, so you may need to alter the size of your bar to match the results, but I'll go into more detail in step 3.

WARNING: You may burn down your entire house if you light these and are not careful. I never light mine anymore, and when I did I was always present in the room with a fire extinguisher and blew them out before I left. If yo choose to make these and set light them, make sure your branches are sturdy, the candle holders are sitting upright, and they are not sitting directly under any other branches. If you choose not to light them, it simplifies things a whole lot.
ZackBlack2 years ago
Great idea and looks beautiful. I don't want to be "that guy" but I would suggest not lighting the candles. Too many house fires have happened around Christmas because of "nostalgia".
haventmadeabombyet (author)  ZackBlack2 years ago
I agree. That's why I have a WARNING in the introduction page. Thanks for the kudos!!!
Very cool! I love the idea of candles on the tree!