If you have a lot of people to buy holiday gifts for and are on a budget try this simple rolled paper candle holder. It will cost next to nothing to make the candle holder as long as you have the following items in your junk drawer:
Paper cutter (or ruler and scissors)
An old magazine/catalog
You will also need a candle, and if you can't find an inexpensive or discounted candle during the holidays you aren't trying hard enough!! :)
**Now that you know what supplies you need let's review candle burning safety - DON'T EVER LEAVE A BURNING CANDLE UNATTENDED! This holder is, in fact, made of paper so please use common sense.
Step 1: Gather Supplies and Cut the Paper
We've already reviewed what supplies are needed for the candle holder so now you can cut strips of paper.
First, tear pages out of your magazine/catalog and then decide how tall you want your candle holder.
Start cutting strips of your magazine/catalog using a paper cutter or if you don't have a paper cutter use a ruler and scissors. You will want all of your strips of paper to be exactly the same width in order for your candle holder to sit flat. My paper strips are two inches wide and about 8 or 9 inches long.
**I used a Boden catalog since it has so many bright colors and bold patterns. If you are making this for someone who loves to read try using newspaper or an old book. Or, we all know someone who is afraid of color and their whole house is beige so maybe try a more muted magazine like J.Crew where you can find a lot of subtle colors. You can also use old scraps of scrapbooking paper or any other paper you have sitting around.**
Step 2: Roll the Paper
Once all of your paper is cut start rolling the strips of paper.
With a glue stick put glue on one edge of the paper.
Using a pencil (I used a tinker toy) roll the paper starting at the end without glue making sure you have a secured edge once rolled to the gluey end.
Set aside and continue with the remaining paper strips. If you are following this exact pattern you will need 163 rolls - if I counted right! :)
Step 3: Glue Rolls Together
Once you have all the rolls glued you can start assembling your candle holder. Choose a shape you want to make and again using your glue stick start gluing the sides of the rolls together. Continue gluing until you have the shape and size you want.
I made a hexagon shape candle holder but make any shape you want. A square candle holder with a square candle would be fun and a simple shape to make.
Step 4: The Finished Piece
The finished candle holder is approximately 5 1/2 inches wide.
Place a candle on top of the candle holder and give as an inexpensive handmade holiday gift!