How to Make Bobeches for Vigil Candles

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How to Make Bobeches for Vigil Candles
A candle on a crystal bobeche (burning candle with cristal candle holder image by Dev from

Bobeches are small, round disks placed at the base of candles to catch wax drips. They're commonly seen on vigil candles because vigil candles are expected to burn for the length of the vigil. As a result, they drip a large amount of wax. Bobeches can be made out of just about anything, including paper, copper sheeting, crystal, metal or wood. For simple, sturdy bobeches, you can cut circles out of card stock and place them around the base of your vigil candles.

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Things you need

  • Card stock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Compass

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  1. 1

    Place the candle for which you are creating the bobeche on a piece of card stock, and trace around the base with your pencil.

  2. 2

    Take a compass and place the point in the centre of the circle you just drew. Extend the compass out an extra inch or so, depending on the size you want your bobeche to be, and draw a larger circle.

  3. 3

    Sketch any decorative accents, such as scalloping, along the edges of the larger circle.

  4. 4

    Cut out the centre circle using your utility knife.

  5. 5

    Cut out the rest of the bobeche, being careful to preserve any detailed accents you included. Make one straight cut from the outside of the bobeche to the inner circle so you can open your bobeche and place it around the base of your candle.

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