How to Make Beaded Candles

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Create a beautiful tablescape by adding romantic beaded candles. Use inexpensive plain candles and an assortment of beads to plan your designs. These beautiful beaded candles are very easy to make. Recycle vintage costume jewellery or purchase new beads in bulk. If purchasing beads new, remember that a few bags go a long way. Share this craft with others by having a "girls' night in" party. Supply the beads and other supplies, and have your girlfriends bring their candles.

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Things you need

  • Two taper candles
  • Silver craft wire
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Assorted beads
  • Ruler
  • Pillar candle
  • Pattern (clip art, cookie-cutters or stencils)
  • Wood skewer
  • Straight pins
  • Sequins
  • Sequin pins

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    Beaded Taper Candle Pair

  1. 1

    Measure and cut two lengths of the silver craft wire 18 inches long. Curl one end of one wire with the needle-nose pliers to form a loop. Continue to create a spiral with two more rings around the first loop.

  2. 2

    Place two to three beads on the wire and let them drop to the spiral. Form the wire above the beads in an S shape approximately an inch long. Add two to three more beads and let them drop to the S shape. Repeat the beginning spiral.

  3. 3

    Repeat the pattern of adding beads, forming the S shape, adding beads and forming the spiral. Continue to the end of the wire. End the wire with either an S shape or a spiral. Clip off any excess wire.

  4. 4

    Wind the beaded wire tightly around the length of the taper candle. Leave room at the bottom for placing in a candle holder and at the top for burning the candle. As the candle burns down, you can push the wire down.

  5. 5

    Repeat these steps for the other cut wire and taper candle.

    Beaded Pillar Candle

  1. 1

    Trace your pattern onto the pillar candle using the point of the wood skewer. Trace lightly so that the line is barely visible.

  2. 2

    Place a straight pin through a bead and stick it into the candle on the line. Make sure the straight pins will fit through the hole in the bead and the head of the pin is larger than the hole to keep the bead from slipping off. Continue to add beads to complete the design.

  3. 3

    Place sequin pins into the sequins and randomly place them around the beaded pillar candle for added sparkle.

Tips and warnings

  • With all candles and especially with candles that have added decorations, use extreme care and never leave the room with the candles burning unattended.

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