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DIY Geometric Candle Holders

The wooden feet that support modern sofas tend to have simple, sculptural shapes, making them well worth elevating from floor to mantel. To customize them into holders for taper candles, look for streamlined versions in unfinished wood at the home-improvement store, then play around with height and color combinations.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2015



Furniture feet, Foster Decorative Millwork, from $8 each,
Brass candle-cup inserts, $2 for 10,
Multisurface craft paint, Martha Stewart Crafts, $2 for 2 ounces,


  • C clamp

  • Scrap wood

  • Drill and 1-inch flat boring bit

  • Furniture feet

  • Brass candle-cup inserts

  • Pliers

  • Craft paint and paintbrush


  1. Use C clamp to secure a piece of scrap wood to your work surface. Make a pilot hole in wood. Turn a furniture foot upside down and screw into scrap wood (foot should come with a screw).

  2. Attach boring bit to drill and make shallow hole in foot as shown. Insert a brass candle cup into hole. Unscrew foot from scrap wood; remove screw with pliers.

  3. Dilute paint (2 parts paint to 1 part water) to make a colorful wash that will allow wood grain on furniture foot to show through. Paint foot as desired; let dry.

  4. For stacked candleholder, use screw on a second foot to attach to candleholder. Put a taper candle into candle cup.

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