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Bamboo Candles

Bamboo candles, which have built-in shelves, are a pretty way to decorate the table the next time you're entertaining, both indoors and out.

Materials

  • Bamboo canes (4 to 6 inches in diameter)
  • Saw
  • Wax
  • Double boiler
  • Large wick with metal tab

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Saw bamboo canes to varying lengths with level bottoms and 2 inches above each shelf for safety.

  2. Step 2

    Melt wax in a double boiler; pour in enough to coat shelf surface.

  3. Step 3

    Insert a large wick with a metal tab; let wax harden.

  4. Step 4

    Fill almost to the top with wax.

  5. Step 5

    Let cool for 4 hours before using, and trim wick to 1/4 inch.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show

Reviews (33)

  • BAMBOO JEFF 21 Dec, 2012

    Need bamboo? Midwest Bamboo can help you in any way. Custom cuts are never a problem. We are located just west of Chicago IL. Check out midwestbamboo.com
    Thanks, I hope we can help.
    Jeff and Cathy Ryan

  • bjapan 5 Jun, 2012

    Where were you able to find the bamboo? Online they only come in large quantities...

  • Oceanaus 10 Jun, 2010

    Great and easy way to take nature and make something from it. I love it, and plan to make them to sell at my online store. Thanks Martha!!

  • BarbsFolly 1 Jun, 2010

    I found large bamboo at Pier One. Difficultg to find 4". but they did have a few pieces. I found the bamboo very difficult to cut though. What kind of saw did you use?

  • AllNatural 20 Oct, 2008

    One thing I did was use a candle refill kit made especially for bamboo candles http://www.bsabcandles.com/soy-refill-kits. It worked real well and I didn't have to melt any wax. The wicks burn very nice as well.

  • elin_beckmann 7 Oct, 2008

    I live in the UK and I have been searching every garden center I can find for appropriate sized bamboo canes, but I cannot find any! I really really want to make these candles, so I would appreciate some tips if someone knows where to find them! Thanks :-)

  • craftygalz 5 Aug, 2008

    My family made this great craft for Christmas gifts and gave lots out. My son was especially excited about making the candles. We cut our own bamboo because the poles we could find were quite expensive. Our poles were around 3 inches diameter and many did catch fire when gift recipients burned them. Definately use wider poles.

  • craftygalz 5 Aug, 2008

    My family made this great craft for Christmas gifts and gave lots out. My son was especially excited about making the candles. We cut our own bamboo because the poles we could find were quite expensive. Our poles were around 3 inches diameter and many did catch fire when gift recipients burned them. Definately use wider poles.

  • swymy 5 Aug, 2008

    Be careful. I did this with Aspen, same idea and when we found out, (luckily while we were in the room), that the wood will catch on fire making it a potential fire hazard.

  • peaceandlight 4 Aug, 2008

    Are the rules for posting listed somewhere? Nearly every time I try to post, my message gets truncated and I'm getting sick of it! Seems the problem with the last one was an ampersand. Webmaster? Are you reading this?

  • peaceandlight 4 Aug, 2008

    I bought a trio of bamboo candlesticks attached to each other in graduated heights, the shortest about 12" and the longest 20". The candles themselves were only about 2" or 3" high (I've almost burned them down already), because of what I'd call a natural "floor" rather than a "shelf." Inside diameter=2". There is some blackening but no signs of wood actually charring or catching fire so the 4 - 6" diameter canes Martha suggests should be safe.

  • peaceandlight 4 Aug, 2008

    I bought a trio of bamboo candlesticks attached to each other in graduated heights, the shortest about 12"

  • Guantai 4 Aug, 2008

    Bamboo is naturally flame retardant and hence should not pose a fire hazard. Of course, usual safety precautions should be used when using candles, including not leaving lit candles unattended.

  • ljstro 4 Aug, 2008

    I think the flamability of the bamboo is the reason that the 4-6 inch size of canes is suggested. This should be wide enough to leave a ring of unmelted wax around the wick.

  • leeannleblanc 4 Aug, 2008

    Ludy, you can add a few drops of an essential oil to add scent. Also anywhere you can buy candle making supplies they should have scent you can add. Hope this helps!!!

  • flidhais 4 Aug, 2008

    WHERE DO I FIND JUST THE BAMBOO? I DON'T SEE A RESOURCE FOR BAMBOO.

  • ludy 4 Aug, 2008

    Martha I love this idea. Now how I can make this candles smell like perfume or any good smell. If anybody know please

  • fredalee 4 Aug, 2008

    This works equally as well using tealights. Just saw the bamboo about an inch above the shelf and drop in your tealight. Or increase the depth a bit and drop in a votive candle in a glass votive holder.

  • littlejoy 4 Aug, 2008

    I really love this candle holder and it great for outdoos. I made it for my mother-in-law and she love it. She decorate her dinner table with them and they look great.

  • neveraneatnik 4 Aug, 2008

    This is definitely a candle holder to keep an eye on. Bamboo is not as flammable as some woods, but it will burn. I suggest using a votive and a tealight set inside the cane.

  • ladytiffany 4 Aug, 2008

    Olliecat1, inside of bamboo canes there are what they call shelves. The bamboo grows a sort of wall inside separating one section from another. They grow about 1-2 feet apart. Hopefully that makes sense.

  • neveraneatnik 4 Aug, 2008

    There are usually horizontal natural ridges inside bamboo along the joints.

  • Olliecat1 4 Aug, 2008

    What "shelf" are you talking about?

  • yonewt 4 Aug, 2008

    bamboo can be purchased at most craft suppliers / Pier One / Hobby Lobby / Michaels even Lowes may have some on sale this time of year as garden decor becomes surplus ....

  • lwhitford 4 Aug, 2008

    I love this idea for a the casual wedding reception I want to have. These would be lovely centerpieces! Any idea how much a centerpiece like this would run me? Thanks!

  • novawalker 4 Aug, 2008

    Isn't bamboo flamable?

  • bewitching 4 Aug, 2008

    Is it safe to burn a candle inside bamboo? Couldn't the bamboo catch on fire?

  • my6jbdwdk 4 Aug, 2008

    I have seen varying sizes of bamboo available to purchase from some stores that sell home decorating items uch as Pier 1 Imports. I've also seen it for sale before in a large bundle at a furniture store. It is a popular item for homes. Sorry I can't be more specific.

  • craftydoglover 4 Aug, 2008

    I grow a variety of bamboos so this idea is timely for me. I'll be making some for myself and for gifts. Thanks.

  • Dolci 4 Aug, 2008

    I like this idea. Now the search is on for bamboo canes....Thank you

  • Pandamonk 15 Jul, 2008

    I love this idea, but I don't have access to a bamboo garden. Any ideas on where I can purchase a bamboo pole? Thanks!

  • Nayda 14 Jun, 2008

    i have an Oriental decoration so i just simply adore Bambu stuff,

  • dotporter 7 Jun, 2008

    Matha You can also hold the wick down with double sided tape just cut a very small piece and stick to bottom of container and that holds the wick in place while you pour. Also you can use ice cream sticks (wooden ones} make a [filtered word] in middle (just a small [filtered word]) and put wick through and lay across container you are using and that will also hold the wick in place after you have poured the wax. Thanks Dot Porter Ringwood east, Melbourne ,Victoria