February 26, 2012

Rolled Paper Candle Holder

If you are on a budget but want to give a great gift try this simple rolled paper candle holder.

It will cost next to nothing to make the candle holder as long as you have the following items in your junk drawer:

-paper cutter (or ruler and scissors)
-glue stick
-an old magazine/catalog

**Now that you know what supplies you need let's review candle burning safety - DON'T EVER LEAVE A BURNING CANDLE UNATTENDED! This holder is, in fact, made of paper so please use common sense.

First, tear pages out of your magazine/catalog and then decide how tall you want your candle holder.

Start cutting strips of your magazine/catalog using a paper cutter or if you don't have a paper cutter use a ruler and scissors. You will want all of your strips of paper to be exactly the same width in order for your candle holder to sit flat. My paper strips are two inches wide and about 8 or 9 inches long.

**I used a Boden catalog since it has so many bright colors and bold patterns. If you are making this for someone who loves to read try using newspaper or an old book. Or, we all know someone who is afraid of color and their whole house is beige so maybe try a more muted magazine like where you can find a lot of subtle colors. You can also use old scraps of scrapbooking paper or any other paper you have sitting around.**

Once all of your paper is cut start rolling the strips of paper. With a glue stick put glue on one edge of the paper. Using a pencil (I used a tinker toy) roll the paper starting at the end without glue making sure you have a secured edge once rolled to the gluey end. Set aside and continue with the remaining paper strips. If you are following this exact pattern you will need 163 rolls - if I counted right! :)

When all of the rolled pieces are glued start assembling the candle holder. Choose a shape you want to make and again using your glue stick start gluing the sides of the rolls together. Continue gluing until you have the shape and size you want.

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