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Lighted Columns Christmas Decoration

Soften the glow of LED candles with translucent columns arranged in a metal tray, and create a luminous holiday decoration.

Tray with three LED candles in columns.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Large spring clips
  • 2 - 6-1/16-in to 7-in stainless-steel adjustable clamps, #49371
  • Sheet plastic cutter, #163055
  • Metal straightedge
  • Real or artificial greenery and ornaments


  • 47-3/4-in x 23-3/4-in ceiling light panel lens, #197954
  • JB Weld epoxy, #556898
  • 24-in water heater drain pan, #543480

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Step 1

Along both long edges of the plastic ceiling light panel, place marks at 18 inches, 32 inches, and 42 inches from one end to make an 18-inch, 14-inch, and 10-inch column.

Good to Know

You’ll have about 5-3/4 inches of plastic left after making the three cuts, allowing you to lengthen each column by roughly 2 inches if you want a taller arrangement.

Step 2

Score the sheet plastic.

Tape a metal straightedge at the first pair of marks and make several passes with the plastic-cutting tool using the point and hooked edge. Place the cut surface along the edge of a table or work surface and snap the plastic.

Good to Know

If you don’t get a clean edge while cutting the first strip, you can always cut the 18-inch piece down to one of the smaller sizes. Then change the marks on the remaining sheet to cut the 18-inch piece using deeper scoring cuts for a cleaner edge.

Step 3

Add expanding clamps to the rolled-up plastic strip.

Adjust the two steel clamps to the same diameter -- enough to allow the ends of the plastic strips to overlap at least 2 inches when rolled up inside the clamps. Gently roll up a plastic strip enough to slip the clamps around the outside.

Step 4

Spring clips force the plastic surfaces together.

Mix the epoxy and apply it where the ends of the plastic overlap within the clamps. Pull the plastic tight against the clamps and press the glued areas together. Then attach a spring clip to the top to hold the surfaces together. Add a second spring clip to the bottom. Repeat the previous step and this one to make the other two columns.

Good to Know

Work quickly when gluing. This epoxy has a 5-minute working time after the two parts are mixed. It cures in about an hour.

Step 5

A tray with three candle columns can be displayed outdoors or turned into a tabletop centerpiece. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

After the epoxy cures, remove the clamps and clips. Place three LED candles near the center of the metal pan and slide a column over each candle. Add artificial or real greenery with small ornaments of your choice. If you display the decoration outdoors, choose an indoor/outdoor LED candle.