Advent is quickly approaching. One of my favourite memories of the weeks prior to Christmas was the advent candles that were lit each Sunday before Christmas. I really wanted to make a candle holder for advent last year, but ran out of time. I had even purchased some copper fittings and dowels to make a candle holder. This year I made it a priority to make an advent candle holder. Since I've used a lot of wood beads in my Christmas decor (like my ornaments from last week), it seamed fitting to make one out of beads.
This advent candle holder was inspired by the one from Ferm Living. With a not nearly finished basement, I couldn't justify spending the money to purchase the candle holder. Making it myself (with the help of my hubby) was surprisingly easy as well. I really like how simple it is and that the string of beads allows you to shape the candle holder whichever way you would like. I had thought initially to paint some of the beads, but ended up leaving it as is and using some grey candles for a bit of "colour". I may go ahead and paint some additional beads that I can swap out to change things up. This candle holder could really be used any time of year and would look lovely down the centre of a dining table for any holiday/celebration.
DIY Beaded Candle Holder
Four, 2 1/4" wooden doll heads (these are large round wooden balls with a flat bottom)
Four, 1" wooden beads
Nine, 3/4" wooden beads
Six, 1/2" wooden beads
leather cord (or desired string)
Drill or Drill Press with 5/8" flat top drill bit (or whatever size is right for your candles) and 3/8" regular drill bit - we used a drill press and used a clamp to hold the doll head steady)
1. Drill a 1" deep hole with the 5/8" bit at the top of each doll head (to accommodate your candle)
2. Drill another hole through the side of the doll head (slightly below the middle) all the way to the other side (this is where the cord will go through)
3. Thread your beads and candle holders (doll heads) onto the leather cord in a pattern you like. Tie the knots on each end to keep your string together.
4. Insert your candles and you're done!
This is how it will look next Sunday. I can't wait!