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How to Make Paper Mache Candle Holders

DIY Paper Mache Candle Holders

candle holder coverMake your own sensible candle holder from card board boxes, newspaper, and simple paper mache paste.

Your paper mache candle holders should not be left unattended. The flame is away from the paper mache and the wax drippings need a wick to combust but I would not take any chances.


Quick List

Cardboard box

Recycled Newspaper

Masking Tape

Paints and Paint Brushes

Glue Gun (optional)

H20 and Rags




1 Creating Your Candle Holder Armature

Cut out a shape for your candle hold from your recycled cardboard, Pringles cans or use empty soup cans. You can assemble with tape or hot glue gun.


For a pyramid shape holder cut one bottom square and one top square smaller than the bottom. Cut four sides to the desired height making the top narrower than the bottom. Now glue the top and bottom to the sides. See the how to video for a demo.


Cover your armatures with a plastic bag; this will help prevent the cardboard from warping. When using thick cardboard sometimes I leave of the plastic bag.

You can use Pringles cans or soup cans as your candle armature and build off by adding shapes etc.

2 Paper Mache Strips and Paste

candle holders pmCover your armatures with 4 layers of paper mache strips dipped in your homemade paper mache paste.  

Your candle holder must be completely dried before adding more wet paper mache strips.

Note: Start by applying 3 to 4 layers of paper mache strips and let it completely dry before adding more strips. If your candle holders are not strong enough add more strips and let those completely dry.

Below you will find the recipes and steps.

Quick Link to Paper Mache Paste Recipe


If you need once the holders have dried you can lightly sand with sandpaper and wipe off.


painting you holders3. Paint Your Handmade Candle Holders

Spray paint or brush on 3 coats of paint and let this completely dry.

You must seal your paper mache pieces with varnish for protection. Varnish comes in a spray can in gloss or stain, spray on 3 to 4 coats and let it dry.

DO NOT leave unattended

I hope you have been inspired to create PAPER MACHE today.

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