Using Wooden Bowls to Make Candle Holders

Using Wooden Bowls to Make Candle Holders

I decided to spruce up my fireplace mantel.  Of course, candles will spruce up any area.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on candle holders so I thought about what little trick I could use to make my own candle holders.  When the thought first came to mind, I was thinking about having tall candle holders.  I knew I would use some type of bowl or saucer for the top and bottom part.  When I got to the thrift store, these wooden bowls just jumped out at me.  I put them on top of each other and I was sold.  I paid $3.93 for a set of four.  You can use any type of wooden bowls to make your own candle holders.  These are just so cute!

Items Needed:

  • 4 wooden bowls
  • wood glue or liquid nails


Using Wooden Bowls to Make Candle Holders

Work with the wooden bowls on newspaper.  You will need to glue and the liquid nails product that I’m using is a really powerful glue adhesive.

Using Wooden Bowls to Make Candle Holders

This is a picture of the product called Liquids Nails.  However, you can use any type of glue that works on wood.

Using Wooden Bowls to Make Candle Holders

Turn bowls over to apply glue to bottom of one of the bowls for making the first candle holder.

Using Wooden Bowls to Make Candle Holders

When putting on the glue, make sure that you only put it in the center of the bottom of the bowl.  As you can tell from the picture above, I put too much glue on it.  If you spread it over the entire center of the bottom, the glue will spread out when you top it with the other bowl.  So, make sure to only use a small amount.

Using Wooden Bowls to Make Candle Holders

Then, top with other bowl that is face-up.  Let sit until glue dries completely.  Only thing left to do after this is to place a pretty candle on your homemade candle holder.

Using Wooden Bowls to Make Candle Holders

This is a wider shot of the fireplace with the candle holders.  They look so pretty!


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  1. Girl you’re so freaking crafty! Love it!
    Alexis AKA MOM recently posted…Summer Camp Care Package in the MailMy Profile

    • Hi Alexis! This is definitely one of my favorite crafts on the blog. They’re still sitting on my fireplace mantel. I love them, too….

  2. I really like your idea. Great article. Thank you for sharing this information. I really wanted to make something like this. Take care and have fun!

  3. Beautiful! Great idea! Saw your comment in Love Life Logistics and came over to check out your site. You mentioned you were not far from Williamsburg and I’m from Williamsburg and sometimes blog about the area and the local businesses, so I thought I’d stop by and visit someone who is “not far” from my home! I always like to support other local and semi-local bloggers.
    Lisa @ The Wellness Wife recently posted…June Fitness Challenge: Walk in the WoodsMy Profile

    • Thanks Lisa! We’re three hours away from Williamsburg. I have a friend who vacations in Williamsburg with her grandkids every summer. The girls and I have never been but definitely see enough advertisement of Williamsburg on TV. Hope to one day get a visit in and explore the city. One of the joys of blogging is meeting other bloggers that are somewhat local and far away.

  4. The candle holders are adorable. The color of the candles really make the bowls pop. Great job.
    Rhonda recently posted…The Buzz on Kid’s Summer ActivitiesMy Profile

    • Thanks Rhonda! When I was in the thrift store buying the bowls, I didn’t imagine them looking so cute on the mantel. Loving them…

  5. What a great idea. Your candle holders look so sophisticated on your mantel!
    Found you at Creativity Unleashed 🙂
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  6. Sande Sivani says:

    Very clever, indeed! I used this same idea to create a footed salad bowl by using one of the individual bowls upside down for the base and gluing the large bowl to it like you did. Gave an old standby item a totally new look.

    • Thanks Sande! I bet the footed salad bowl looked gorgeous! The set I bought from the thrift store didn’t have the salad bowl with it. Though, the lady in the thrift store and I looked for it, but I’m loving these candle holders…..

  7. Cute idea!
    Deauna @ Honesty’s Protégée recently posted…After a Month….My Profile

  8. This is a great idea and it is really simple and cheap to do.
    Sonya recently posted…ASOS Coupon Code up to $50 OffMy Profile

    • Hi Sonya! This is definitely simple to do. I always like to do a post here and there that doesn’t require a lot of work. Plus, you can’t beat the price…

  9. You do come up with such simple and stunning ideas. These would make a lovely xmas presents for the grand parents.
    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry recently posted…Marmalade Coconut Semolina CakeMy Profile

    • Thank you Bintu! These were pretty simple. I didn’t know that they were going to turn out so cute. Definitely keeping these on the fireplace….


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