Rainbow DIY Taper Candle Holder — Bring the wow factor to your home with a Rainbow DIY Taper Candle Holder. This fun project is as simple as drilling holes into a piece of wood. And it looks just as pretty unlit as it does lit.
Surprisingly, I’m not actually the pyro-fiend between Jared and I. But hey! I’m always happy to come up with a DIY that he can spend hours lighting until his heart’s content.
Considering this Rainbow DIY Taper Candle Holder is about three feet long and full of about 50 taper candles, he’ll be good for a while!
In all seriousness though, I don’t condone fire hazards so I’d recommend only lighting a few at a time, However, it looks just as pretty unlit if you ask me!
For those of you that are big romantic lighting fans that also have a special place in your heart for rainbows, prepare to freak out over your next dinner party table.
(Plus, my trick for getting pretty melted candles without the wait!)
Naturally, I had to match my new Kate Spade watercolor dress to the Indre By Design Eames dining chairs, to the colorful candles, to the table legs… because I clearly have no life.
(The dress is unfortunately sold out, but how fun is this dress I just spotted?!)
Back to the DIY…. let’s get started!
Tools & Materials Needed To Make A Rainbow DIY Taper Candle Holder
- Colorful taper candles — I purchased the candles online in varying heights, sizes and colors from Zest Candle since I loved the staggered look with small candles and tall candles.
- Oak board — My oak wood measures 4-inches high x 4-inches wide x 3-feet long.
- 3/4-inch spade bit set
- Fine sand paper
Candle Safety Tips
BEFORE WE GET STARTED: I’d like to preface that don’t condone playing with fire and/or making fire hazard DIY’s.
So be careful when lighting this little centerpiece, especially if you’re making one as large as ours.
It is very important that none of the candle wicks ever touch. I also recommend only lighting a few at a time to make it a safer environment.
And never leave lit candles unattended!
How To Make A Rainbow DIY Taper Candle Holder
1 — Start drilling holes in a staggered motion all the way down the wood. Make sure to keep the holes far enough apart so that the candles and wicks won’t touch when lit.
2 — Once you’ve drilled all of the holes you need, use a super fine grit sand paper to smooth the edges of the holes for a finished look before inserting the candles.
How To Get A Drip Candle Look
Now to get the cool melted look (without having to wait a million years for each candle to burn down enough), I used a butane (or culinary) torch instead of lighting them each individually.
All you have to do is run the torch along the candle a handful of times. And you get the full effect in seconds.
More Candle And Aromatherapy DIY Ideas
I hope all of my fellow color lovers enjoy this DIY candle holder idea! I have to say it might be be seen styled in the background of upcoming posts because I love it so much!
In case you’re looking for a few other candle and aromatherapy DIY projects, here are some of my favorites from the archives —
- How to make wax candles with rosemary and grapefruit
- DIY Reed Diffuser: How to make an essential oil diffuser
- Faux wood candle holder
- Copper candle holder
- Wooden taper candle holder
- DIY citronella candles (using a glass jar and balloons)
Rainbow DIY Taper Candle Holder
Rainbow DIY Taper Candle Holder
- 3/4-inch spade drill bit
- Drill holes in a staggered motion all the way down the wood. Make sure the holes are far enough apart so that the candle and wicks don't touch when lit.
- For a finished look, use a super fine grit sand paper to smooth the edges of the holes before inserting your candles.