Outdoor Candle Lamps


Though these oversize tapers look sophisticated, they're actually made with inexpensive supplies from the hardware store, plus a little paint and glitter for the dripping "wax."

Arrange the lights in wreaths for a welcoming presentation (and to hide the candle's base).

What You'll Need


  • Handsaw or drill (with 1/4-inch drill bit)
  • 2-inch-wide PVC pipe, 24 or 36 inches long, PVC Charlotte pipe, 2 inches
  • Pipe flange, 1 1/2 inches
  • Plastic primer spray paint
  • Green plastic spray paint
  • 2 small bowls
  • Outdoor glue, such as Outdoor Mod Podge, createforless.com
  • White acrylic paint
  • Clear glitter, coarse, by Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com
  • Small paintbrush (Martha Stewart Five-Piece Basic Brush Set, $16.95, amazon.com)
  • Plastic spoon
  • Light socket
  • Superglue (optional)
  • 4-inch pipe nipple, 1 1/2 inches by 8 inches, homedepot.com
  • Candle-style lightbulb
  • 8-inch wreaths (optional)


  1. Using handsaw or drill, cut a small opening at base of pipe so light-socket cord can fit into it. Coat pipe and pipe flange with primer; let dry. Spray-paint both items; let dry.

  2. In 1 bowl, mix equal parts Mod Podge and acrylic paint. Pour glitter into other bowl. Paint icicle at top of pipe using glue mixture; sprinkle glitter on top. Repeat around circumference.

  3. Thread socket's cord through pipe so socket sits on the glittered end. Attach socket to pipe with superglue. To create the base of candle, screw pipe nipple into flange, and insert nipple into pipe. Screw lightbulb into socket. Place inside wreath if desired.

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