Rustic Candelabra

DIY your own with Grubby Pillar Candles

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I love the look of grubby candles, but I wanted a way to keep them forever.  This candelabra uses pillar candles, grubbied up, with holes drilled in them to hold a battery operated light.


The base of the candelabra is a big piece of rustic looking lumber which is aged to perfection. 

I drilled three holes to hold the weathered drink holders which I knew I would one day find a use for. 

These are thick wire made into a spiral shape, with a long piece to stick in the ground. 

With the long piece cut to varying lengths, they were glued into the piece of lumber.

Three grubby candles

I used Gorilla Glue, the original strong adhesive for this kind of craft. I wanted something extremely strong, because I know that people will pick the whole thing up by one of the candle stands.

The candles are just cheap pillars from the dollar store.  I drilled a hole to fit the battery operated tea lights in with a hole saw.

I used the one and a half inch size like the one in this hole saw kit

The handles are from an old Hibachi barbeque.

They were easy to attach - just a couple of holes drilled in the side of the lumber, and bob's your uncle, a funky and rustic candelabra, ready to light your porch. 

It fits perfectly on a railing or beside the door, ready to add a glow and ambience.

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