Between picking out the perfect decor and planning your yummy menu, we know you’re extra busy around Friendsgiving. That’s why we’re going to show you how to make a super simple project for the big day that you can complete in no time. Grab some clay and make these cute candle holders — you’ll have plenty of extra time for dipping your finger in the pumpkin pie whipped cream. Your guests will never know ;)


— air-dry clay

— parchment paper

— white spray paint

— tea lights


— X-ACTO knife or box cutter

— rolling pin

— pastry bag tip

— cylindrical object


1. Protect your surface by covering it with a piece of parchment paper. Then roll the clay between your hands until it’s soft and malleable.

2. Use your rolling pin to roll out the clay to about 1/3-inch thickness.

3. Cut out one long rectangular strip of clay.

4. Use the pastry bag tip to create a polka dot pattern, pressing it through the clay to cut out holes.

5. Once the shape is cut, protect your cylindrical item (or whatever you are using to get your desired shape) with a piece of parchment paper, then wrap your clay around it.

6. Roll out another piece of clay and cut out a circle that will fit on the bottom of your cylinder.

7. Use your fingertips to join the circle to the cylinder. Repeat the entire process to create a smaller candle holder.

8. Let dry, then spay paint with white acrylic. Wait until it’s completely dry before adding your tea light.

Get started by protecting your work surface with a piece of parchment paper. Next, roll out the clay until it’s about 1/3-inch thick. Grab your X-ACTO knife or box cutter and cut out a long rectangular strip as shown in the picture above. Then use your pastry bag tip to gently create a polka dot pattern.

At this point, wrap a piece of parchment paper around any cylindrical object. I used an old can of heat-protecting hair spray :) Then roll out a new piece of clay and use the top of the can to cut out a circle. Use your fingertips to join the cylinder of clay and the circle base, then repeat the process to create a smaller version (or as many as you want!).

Let the clay dry according to the specified time on your clay’s packaging, then spray paint with your desired color. Ta-dah! You’re done. Wasn’t that quick?

These little candle holders are such a great fall decor idea, and they’re perfect favors for Friendsgiving.

Do you celebrate Friendsgiving? What types of favors have you made in years past? Let us know in the comments below!