A Crafty Mix


Easy Copper Pipe Candles

I’ve been wanting to make some candle holders from a copper pipe we had left over, but the thought of having to weld the pipes put me off. Welding is not something we do very well, it always ends up looking like bird poop 🙁 Fortunately we have a really friendly hardware store just down the road from us, so off to Chamberlains I went. All I needed to do was look dazed and confused in the plumbing aisle and voila, one of their super helpful staff members came to my rescue.

I'm plumb crazy about these candle holders

I’m plumb crazy about these candle holders

After explaining what I wanted to do he grabbed a few things off the shelf, told me in simple layman’s terms how to use them and I was finally ready to go make those candle holders.

Plumbing supplies and paint

Plumbing supplies and paint

What you need to make these copper candle holders:

  • Left over copper pipe
  • 2 x Flange brackets 25 mm
  • 2 x Copper coupler slips 22 mm
  • 2 x 90o Brass compression elbows
  • Pipe cutter
  • Pallet wood off cuts
  • Screws
  • Paint and gilders paste to make it pretty

The only flange brackets we could find were silver and that was soooo not the look I was going for. I had some AMERICAN ACCENTS® Designer Metallic Spray left over from another project we did, so I changed those silver flanges into aged brass flanges.

Spray Paint the flanges

Spray paint the flanges

While I was spray painting hubby cut some left over pallet wood into two 35 cm x 11 cm pieces and gave them a white wash with Provencal Furniture paint.  This beautiful water-based paint is environmentally friendly and contains little or no V.O.C  or Volatile Organic Compounds – the stuff that smells bad and makes your eyes sting. Using some gilders paste we added some highlights. Baroque Art Gilders Paste can be applied as-is to clean, dry, oil-free surface with a cloth and it dries to the touch in 10-15 minutes.


Now for the plumbing bits.


From left to right the flange, coupler slip, copper pipe cut to a 70 mm length and the compression elbow. Insert the copper coupler into the flange and the copper pipe into the coupler slip.

Insert the copper coupler into the flange and then insert the copper pipe

The coupler didn’t fit as tightly into the flange as we wanted, so hubby put some electrical tape around the coupler until it went in as snug a as a bug. Screw the flange into the wood about 30mm from the bottom and attach the brass elbow.

Attach the flange to the pallet wood

Flange, coupler, copper pipe and elbows

You can see some of the electrical tape sticking out of the candle holder on the right. The last step is to add some gorgeous tiles from Funky Art & Mosaic and your candle holders are ready.


A Crafty Mix

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  • Posted: June 2, 2018 14:26

    Wanda Barnes

    Where did you get your clay tile? I love it and I love your project!❤ Very nicely put together😊
    • Posted: June 5, 2018 06:46


      Thanks so much Wanda. There's a little shop a few miles down the road from us here in Centurion that sells those tiles. Unfortunately she doesn't sell online, but her stuff is gorgeous.
  • Posted: April 12, 2016 01:34


    Michelle, love these candle holders!! So beautiful!!
  • Posted: April 11, 2016 12:32


    Oh these are so pretty. Love the look!!
    • Posted: April 11, 2016 12:35


      Thank you :-)

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