How to Make a Paper Candle Holder

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How to Make a Paper Candle Holder
Turn old greeting cards into a candle holder. (Christmas cards image by david hughes from

A paper candle holder provides you with a few hours of crafting fun and a way to recycle old greeting cards. This candle holder has four paper walls and a space for the candle in the middle. When you light the candle up, it will illuminate the designs on the four paper walls. Making a paper candle holder takes little time and effort. It also costs little and only requires basic craft skills.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 greeting cards
  • 1 toilet paper roll
  • White tissue paper
  • 2 or more sheets coloured tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Leaves or flowers (optional)
  • Heavy book (optional)

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  1. 1

    Find two greeting cards of the same size; they should have at least two pages each. Trace a rectangle inside every page of the two greeting cards, about one inch away from the edges of the pages. Cut out the middle of every page of the greeting cards so you have four rectangular frames.

  2. 2

    Glue white tissue paper to the frames, covering all the holes.

  3. 3

    Tear coloured tissue paper into irregular pieces. Use at least two different colours.

  4. 4

    Glue the coloured tissue pieces onto the white tissue paper on the frames. Alternate between the colours and cover all the surfaces. Let the glue dry and cut off all the excess paper that hangs over the frame edges.

  5. 5

    Cut out a shape such as a star, a tree or an angel from the excess greeting card paper. Otherwise, place leaves or flowers under a heavy book for one or two hours to flatten them. Glue the paper cut-out or the flattened leaves or flowers onto the middle of the frames, making sure to leave at least two-thirds of the frames uncovered by these items.

  6. 6

    Hold the cards so that all the four frames stand vertically. Fold both cards at a 90-degree angle and place the two ends of each card against the two ends of the other card. These four frames make up the four walls of the paper candle holder. Apply sticky tape to the areas where the two cards meet to hold them together.

  7. 7

    Place the frames on a piece of card and trace along the base. Cut the card according to the lines. This card will serve as the base of the candle holder.

  8. 8

    Cut a ring from the toilet roll about one inch high. and use sticky tape to attach it to the middle of the candle holder base.

  9. 9

    Use sticky tape to attach the base to the walls, placing the tape only on the inside surfaces.

Tips and warnings

  • Place an electric candle in the candle holder to prevent the candle holder from catching fire.

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