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DIY Candelabra Decoration Idea

Being a good host means being able to improvise at any time: transforming a feast for four into a dinner for twelve, or calling upon the DIY gods when the good candlesticks are packed away.

Great decor doesn't have to be costly or time consuming to pull together, and in the case of housewarmings and casual dinner parties, decking the halls is usually the last thing on a host or hostesses' mind.

This 3D candelabra is sure to help hosts and hostesses out of a last-minute decor pinch, and adds a pop of color and hint of humor to just about any party table.


X-acto knife
8-10  pieces of cardstock in two different colors
Heavy-weight scrap paper (for template)
Craft glue


To create a template for the base of your candelabra fold a piece of heavyweight paper or cardstock in half lengthwise. Draw half of your base, leaving the folded edge and top and bottom edges straight. Carefully cut out your design using scissors of an x-acto knife. When drawing your base, especially the top, remember that you are only drawing half, so when opened and laid flat the neck will be twice as wide.

Trace and cut four base shapes out of one color of cardstock.  Using a minimal amount of glue, glue together four pieces until a round, three-dimensional base is formed. At this time you’ll want to check to be sure that the base can stand freely without assistance, and if not make any necessary adjustments.

Repeat the process for the top half of the candelabra, by folding another piece of scrap paper in half. Down the center, along the folded side, sketch one half of the center candle and another curved arm and candle extending on the left hand side. Cut out and glue together just as you did for the base. Allow both sections to dry thoroughly before attempting to assemble, about 5 minutes.

Once dry, cut a slit down the center of the top of the base about two to three inches down. Do the same for the bottom of the top piece, taking care not to cut too far down—start small, you can always cut more if you need to.

To assemble your candelabra, line up the slits and carefully slide the top piece of the candelabra into the base until it sits upright. If you find that your candles are drooping you may need to adjust the thickness of the area where the center candle and the surrounding candles meet.

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