How To Make Candle Holders

Let Mia show you how to make candle holders with my salt dough craft ideas. These step by step instructions can easily be adapted to make a whole range of different candle holders.

These candle holders are really simple to make. Modelling with salt dough is easy. You will find most of the ingredients and materials you need for our how to make candle holders project in your kitchen.

We have used a tealight candle but once you've got the idea you can use the same technique for any type of candle.

How To Make Candle Holders - Preparation

Recipe for Salt Dough

If you haven't yet made your dough click on the link for Mia's recipe for salt dough.

You will find easy to follow instructions and photo's to show you how to make the basic salt dough.

You will also find lots of tips and techniques to help you create your own salt dough craft ideas.

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Coloring Salt Dough Recipe


I have painted the candle holder in this project but if you prefer you can use colored dough.

Once you have made your dough you can color it, click on the link for Mia's colored salt dough recipes.

There are two different options using either acrylic or powdered paints.

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Materials and Equipment

  • Salt Dough
  • Water
  • Candle
  • Knife or flat modelling tool
  • Pointed modelling tool (you could use a cocktail stick or toothpick)
  • Round pastry cutter
  • Beads
  • Rolling pin
  • Rolling sticks
  • Baking paper
  • Baking tray
  • Access to an oven
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes if painting
  • Varnish
  • Varnish brush
  • White spirit for cleaning varnish brush

Mia’s Top Tip



You can use a pointed tool to make all sorts of patterns on the dough.

Make sure that you press the tool into the dough firmly and quite deep or the holes will close up during baking.

How To Make Candle Holders Tutorial



Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 8mm (1/4").



Place the candle on the dough, leave a gap of at least 1cm (1/2") all the way round the candle.

Use the plain round cookie cutter or glass to cut a circle.




Roll out a length of dough to wrap around the candle.




Join the ends using water and a knife.




Make a hole using a pointed tool.

Insert a bead into the hole.

You can decorate the dough any way you like.

Here we have added a pattern of dots all around each bead.

Bake in the oven following the instructions below.

Once fully baked you can paint if you wish.

Finish with two coats of varnish to make sure the dough is sealed and moisture can't get in.

Baking Your Salt Dough

Bake in the oven at 100oC for around 12 hours or overnight depending on the thickness of the dough.

The dough should be completely solid when baked properly. You can test a piece by trying to insert the tip of a safety pin into the bottom of the dough ornament, if the pin pushes into the dough easily then continue baking.

Another test is to gently tap the bottom of the dough ornament with your finger, it should sound hollow if thoroughly dried.

Mia’s Craft Ideas



Make a larger base to hold more elaborate decorations like the candle holder in this photo.

Click on the link for detailed instructions on how to make salt dough roses using colored dough.

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