Woodshop 101: How to Make a Geometric Candle Holder
Need a last minute gift for the holidays? These geometric candle holders are quick, cheap, easy, and can be painted in any color. Make a few of them in a similar color scheme to give in a set!
– block of wood
– tea light
– spray paint
– drill and 38mm or 1 ½ inch drill bit
1. Begin with a block of wood. Mark your corners with a pencil for guidance — make a mark on each side creating a pyramid shape when the corner is cut off.
2. Cut off all 8 corners of your cube. You can either measure your exact cuts for a symmetrical finish or create different arbitrary marks for an asymmetrical look.
3. Sand down the surfaces where you cut the corners off for an even finish.
4. Trace your tea light on the side that you chose to be the top of your candle holder and drill a hole for your candle using your drill with a 1 ½ inch (38mm) drill bit.
5. Spray your holder and let dry. Your tea light should fit snuggly in the holder!
For materials, you basically need a block of wood, a tea light, and a spray paint color you like. We went with a metallic copper, but any color will do! The key with this project is getting comfortable with a woodshop.
Start with a block of wood! Mark your corners with a pencil for guidance — make a mark on each side creating a pyramid shape when the corner is cut off.
Now, cut off all 8 corners of your cube. You can either measure your exact cuts for a symmetrical finish or create different arbitrary marks for an asymmetrical look.
Sand down the surfaces where you cut the corners off for an even finish.
Boom, you’ve got a geometric block!
Now, trace your tea light on the side that you chose to be the top of your candle holder and drill a hole for your candle using your drill with a 1 ½ inch (38mm) drill bit.
Spray your holder and let dry. Your tea light should fit snuggly in the holder!
What DIY gifts have you made this year? Ever dabbled in basic woodworking? Talk to us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)