Decorative frosted panels on the sides of these candleholders bring a soft glow to dark evenings -- indoors or out.
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The supplies listed provide enough material to make seven candleholders. By using the leftover acrylic and doubling the quantities of wood, you can make another seven candleholders.
Cut the 1 x 4 x 48 board in half. On one of the 24-inch pieces, lay out the seven holes you’ll drill as shown in the Votive Candleholder Project Diagram for the votive holders (A). (Remember to allow 1/8-inch for each saw cut.) Then, on the other 24-inch piece, lay out the cuts for the base.
Clamp the votive holder board to a piece of scrap wood and drill the seven 2-inch holes where marked. (Depending on the glass votive holders you use, you may need to increase the diameters of the holes slightly.) Then cut the votive holders and bases to size.
One way to tell if you’re drilling 90 degrees to the wood surface is to watch as the hole saw teeth touch the wood. If they touch in only one spot, tilt the drill so the teeth cut in an even circle.
Glue and clamp the votive holder blocks centered on the bases.
Cut the 14 sides (C) from two 1/4 x 2 x 48 boards. Glue and clamp the sides to the base (A/B). Sand the ends flush, wipe clean, and then prime and paint each block.
Ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the 14 acrylic 3-in x 3-3/4-in shades from the sheet. Remember to leave the protective paper backing on the pieces.
Print enough copies of patterns to decorate each shade. Spray the back of the pattern with adhesive and attach it to the paper backing on an acrylic shade. Use a crafts knife to cut around the black patterns and remove the white sections of the pattern sheet along with the protective sheet.
Spray the frosting over the exposed face of the shade with the paper pattern, and let dry before removing the paper patterns and plastic protective sheets.
Insert two shades in the slots of a base, add a glass votive, and a candle.
Avoid inserting tea lights or unprotected candles in the votive candleholders where flames could reach the painted wood or acrylic.