Candle Holders That Hold Candles Steady While Re-Purposing Scrap Materials

Introduction: Candle Holders That Hold Candles Steady While Re-Purposing Scrap Materials

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Most candle holders I have obtained don't fit the candle very well. They are too wide and shallow or two thin.
One ought just be able to drop a candle in and have the candle remain straight and steady.
So I desgined a candle holder to do just that from re-purposed materials.
It will take less than 15 minutes, even if one is slow

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Step 1: Materials


Hot Melt Glue

discarded CD

Approximately 15 cm of 1 inch /2.5cm white PVC pipe, preferably used from a remodel or scrap.

A few inches of foli ( Optional)

Paint ( highly optional)


Hack saw for cutting PVC pipe 

( Or pipe cutting tool )

Miter box, (not required, but highly recommended )

Rasp or file 

Hot Melt Glue Gun , plugged in and  starting to melt the glue.

Step 2: Optional Step: Paint or Sand the Pipe

If you want the pipe a color other than white or foil covered, it may help to paint it now.

Or at least sand off  any printing that may be oin the pipe.

Step 3: Cut a 4 Cm Piece of PVC Pipe

Cut a 4 cm(  1.5 inch) piece of the pipe.

Use  asaw and miter box or a  pipe cutter 

Make the cut square or the candle will tilt..

(Before starting the cut, make sure that the glue gun is plugged in so there is no waiting for the gun to heat up)

After cutting, check the cut to make sure it is square.

Use the rasp or file to file away the bur and to make  the cut  square if it is not already so,.

Put away the remaining  piece of pipe for another day.
The reason a 15 cm piece was listed was to make it easy to handle the pipe

Step 4: Apply Hot Melt Glue to CD

If the glue is not already melted, then plug the gun in and wait.

Place the CD shiny side up

When the glue is melted, apply a circle of the glue  around the center of the CD.

The bead should be about a1 cm thick around the center of the CD

Be generous with the glue.

Be quick to go to the next step.

Step 5: Push the Pipe Into the Hot Melt Glue

As soon as the bead of glue is on the CD, 
Push the end of the 4 cm piec of pipe into the glue.
Hold steady till glue hardens, about a minute.

Then add a bead of glue around the base of the pipe.

Step 6: You Are Pretty Much Done,

But keep reading anyway

Rub off any extra glue from the CD

Step 7: Decorate As You Wish

At this point, you can wrap foil around the pipe
Or you can spray paint everything.

Step 8: Caution: a Candle Flame Could Smolder the PVC Pipe

If the candle flame gets close to the pipe, bad fumes could be emitted .

If the pipe and candle are wrapped in foil, that risk is is lessened.

In any case, replace the candle before the top of the candle reaches the top of the pipe.

Here is what the trade site says about pvc and flame:

Fire retarding properties of PVC pipe
PVC is an inherently fire resistant plastic, the only exception among the general-purpose plastics, since it contains more than 50% of chlorine.

When PVC products are burned, hydrogen chloride gas resulting from thermal cracking slows down the continuous combustion reaction and prevents burning progress by warding off the PVC product surface from oxygen in the air. The gas is also detectable by its – highly unpleasant - odour at concentrations well below those that could be harmful to health. This feature allows early detection of a fire.

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Step 9: Instead of a Discarded CD, You Could Use:

A saucer

An upturned cup or bowl

The lidf of a can

Almost anything

You could use several pieces of pipe and attach them to a single base for a more elaborate piece.

Step 10: Instead of Hot Melt Glue

Instead of Hot Melt Glue you could use :

Some other glue, like epoxy

Maybe silicon sealant

Maybe model cement 

Ask your local Ace Hardware or Craftwood Lumber guy

The value of hoyt melt is that there is no curing or drying time.

Step 11: Alternative Solution for a Candle Holder

Here I made a disk of  epoxy putty and stuck the pipe in.

Not pretty, but funcional

Epoxy is expensive unless it is on clearance sale.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    I tried the silicone adhesive. It works, just takes a couple of hours to cure
    Also tried "Instant Grap" construction adhesive. That did not work.
    Epoxy always works