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12 DIY projects for candles

Barbara Alden Wilson is a writer specializing in health and medical topics. You can follow her on Twitter at @BAldenWilson and on her blog,

Easy candle projects to warm up your home

Nothing is better for cozying up the home than candles. You'll be inspired to try these 12 easy projects to add warmth to your decor.


Oyster shell candleholder

oyster shell candle holder

Photo credit: Completely Coastal

Finding enough oyster shells on the beach to make this stunning candle holder may seem daunting. Blogger Maya Nagel at the Completely Coastal website suggests collecting them from restaurants or an oyster factory, if there's one near you.


Clothespin candleholder

clothespin candle holder

Photo credit: Bead & Cord

Here is great example of how simple elements can make something so chic: These clothespin candleholders look sophisticated and are easy to make in multiples. Simply fasten the clothespins around the edge of a tuna can, add a glass votive to hold the candle and you're finished.


Tuna can candleholders

tuna can candle holders

Photo credit: One Day of Peace

Another tuna-can-turned-art-project, these tuna can candleholders warm up wall space and add stunning sculptural elements to a room.


Apple candleholders

apple candle holder

Photo credit: CraftGawker

Temporary, yes, but these apple candleholders are lovely for an autumn party and are simple to make.


Aromatic coffee bean candles

coffee bean candles

Photo credit: The Happy Housewife

A great gift for any coffee lover, these coffee bean candles will make the whole house smell like your favorite coffee house. They are easy to make and long-lasting.


Epsom salt votives

epsom salt candles

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda

These beautiful Epsom salt votives are perfect for the winter months, but you can make them for any special occasion. Be aware, however, they tend to discolor over time and should be made within a week of intended use.

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