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Christmas is glitter and glitz and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to make the room shine exactly as if it had.

I love candles and candlelight, and the more ornate the holders, the more they sparkle and reflect the light, the more I like it.

These simple candle holders were a craft I found in a book a long time ago and have done them several times for different holidays, using various patterns, among them a Celtic knot, a decorated easter egg, a valentine heart, as well as some more glitzy traditional Christmas Decorations.

The punched tin candleholders are a very lovely country decorating touch that can be for any season really. With country style decor being all the rage this season, make a few of these country punched tin candleholders for the dining room or kitchen and dress up your holiday decor with a country flair..

Christmas crafts should be ornate and shiny and these certainly fill the bill. These offer an added touch of making the candle safer as the flame is then enclosed, protecting pets and children

Do keep them away from burning candles always even when they are enclosed and never burn a candle unattended.

To make these punched tin candleholders you will need

Sheet tin or copper, or even bronze or the rusted tin if you prefer.(36 gauge is about the best)

a sharp pencil


round cookie cutter or lid to something

an awl or an ice pick

an old magazine

small pointy scissors such as thread snippers

brass paper fasteners

Cut a rectangle of the metal that is about 11x 7 in size and use a sharp pencil and ruler to draw a line across the length of it, dividing it in half. Then draw parallel lines making a sort of lattice patern, and use a round coin, lid or cookie cutter to draw circles between the lines and all along the top and bottom edges.

You will want to begin punching holes now, but before you do, take a magazine or something similar and place it beneath your work to help you. The newspapers or magazine will have some give to it, but will also protect your work surface and prevent your work from slipping.

If you like, you may also wear protective gloves. The edges of the candleholders will be sharp. I generally sand them lightly with an emery board or fine sandpaper to blunt the edges of the metal.

Taking the awl or ice pick, begin to punch holes that you space regularly along the lines you drew, so that you are making a design with the holes. Punch a single hole in the center of each of the circles, and the middle of each triangle as you see in the photo to your right.. Keep the holes in regular spacing so that the design looks even. It will be easier to do this if you punch a hole about every inch or half inch and then fill in between them with an even number of holes. I found this helped me keep the number of holes even.

Then cut very carefully along the top edge and around your circles with scissors and leave a thin edge just outside the circles you punched around. It will also be helpful to blunt these edges as well or, if you like, take some needle nose pliers and very carefully bend down the edges of the design so that the edges are not sharp.

Very carefully so that you don’t crease the candle holder, bend it around in a circle and overlap the ends slightly. Make three marks, top, middle and bottom, where they overlap and punch holes through both layers. Push a paper fastener through and open it on the inside to hold the candle holders in a tube.

Settle them down onto a glass plate, such as a round candle holder that is slightly larger in diameter, or on an oven safe saucer. As your candle burns down, the light from the holes will shine through and give a very elegant and decorative effect.

I’ve also done these as lamp shades or as shades for a chandelier. They afford a rather old world, country decorating look to any lighting effect.


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