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DIY Beaded Candle Holders

Add some sparkle to your home decor with this inexpensive idea that uses Mardi Gras beads. 

We made candle holders using this technique, but you could certainly get creative and add pizazz to any vessel on hand such as a picture frame or wreath.


  • Mardi Gras beads
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Glass votive holder, cup, empty jar, or pre-filled candle holder
  • Scissors
  • Wax Paper and Newspaper for your work space
  • Tea light or small candle (if using an empty glass)

Step 1: Select your vessel and make sure it is clean and dry.

If you’re looking for something to work with, check your basement or the back of your cabinets for small glassware that you don’t use -- votives, small cups and the like, or reuse a glass jar instead of tossing it in the recycling bin.

If you don’t have anything on hard, you can find inexpensive glassware by the bushel at your local thrift shop or dollar store.

Try mixing us shapes and sizes while maintaining the same color scheme for a funky effect. Using a ready filled candle with a glass outside will work too.

Remember that you will be able to see through the space between the beads, so peel off any labels before starting. 

Decide upon your color scheme -- solid color, rainbow, or alternating, and get your beads together. Smaller glasses will use less, obviously, while larger will need more, so have several strands on hand, especially for big items like mason jars or large candles. It is better to overestimate -- it will take more than you think!   


Step 2: Snip several strands of beads apart so they are no longer circular necklaces but long strings. You may notice that some of your beads are held together by fusing two beads -- if possible, cut this double bead out to maintain a smooth look.



Step 3: Heat up your hot glue gun and carefully add a strip of glue to the rim of your glass working one revolution at a time.

If you are using a jar candle or something with a screw-on lid, begin your beading below this uneven part.

Always use caution when operating a hot glue gun.


When you are closing up the first rotation, measure how many more beads you’ll need and trim before closing off the circle.

Press down gently on the beads to make sure they have all adhered and the glue has set, and start a new loop below. Continue this process all the way down, preparing and adding new strings of beads as needed.

For your bottom row of beads make sure that your glass is sitting on an even surface on waxed paper to make sure your bottom row will be straight and any extra glue won’t stick to your work surface. 



Step 4: If you do have small gaps due to uneven beadwork, not to worry -- cut off individual beads and add small drops of glue in the space. Tuck in a bead or two as needed.


Step 5: Allow the glue to completely dry, then add a tea light or small candle if not using a prefilled holder.

Light carefully, and let the night sparkle!

You can also use a larger glass as a pretty vase, pencil holder and more.

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