How to Make Wood-Dowel Candleholders

Flickering red tapers are set in straw-colored candleholders constructed from unfinished wood dowels, beads, candle cups, and wheel bases.

What You Need

Paper Snowflakes

  • Red and white paper
  • Scissors
  • Small paper punch


  • 1/2-inch-diameter dowel
  • 2-1/2-inch-diameter wheel
  • Wood glue
  • Seven wooden beads
  • Small candle cup

How to Make It

Paper Snowflakes

  1. Measure and cut paper into a 9-inch square.
  2. Fold the square in half horizontally, then in half vertically.
  3. Rotate the folded square so that the center point is at the top, then fold the square in thirds vertically.
  4. Cut out snowflake openings along the folded sides and trim the bottom edge as desired.
  5. Unfold the snowflake and punch a hole in one paper point for hanging. Note: If you do not want the folds to show, use the folded and cut snowflake for a template, trace it onto paper, and cut out using a crafts knife.


  1. Glue the dowel into the hole in the center of the wheel; let dry.
  2. Place two narrow lines of wood glue along opposite sides of the length of dowel, then thread the wooden beads onto the dowel.
  3. Wipe away any excess glue.
  4. Glue the candle cup onto the end of the dowel.


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