DIY Copper Candelabra

Let me just say this off the bat: the hardware store employees must love talking to me. "Are you doing plumbing? Will water be going through? What is it that you're building?" Of course if I said 'candelabra' I think I would add even more confusion to the conversation, so I am vague. But I am my random and vague non-construction needs are probably becoming the hardware store joke. I don't mind of course - I'm just doing my best to keep their work days exciting.

I am so excited about this candelabra because I love copper. It's so pretty, but also masculine. I can dig that.

It's also perfect for the giant Thanksgiving feast I am hosting this week. And as a DIY craft that consists of very few tools and only some serious gluing, this is an easy and quick project to start today and be ready for Thursday.
 

Step 4: Attach the candelabra arms to the base  Again, use glue to attach the arms to the base of the candelabra. I used the three 6” arms on the back side, and the two 5” arms on the front (see picture). If necessary, use a box to prop the arm upright in a level position while the glue dries.
DIY Copper Candelabra

(8) 1/2” copper elbows – these come in a bag of 10 for $3.50
(5) 3/4” x 1/2” copper couplings – about $2.30 each = $11.50
(3) 1/2” copper tees – $1.20 each = $3.60
(1) 10’ x 1/2” copper pipe – $10 - $15
Gorilla Glue
Pipe Cutter

Copper parts total: $28 - $40

DIY Copper Candelabra

Step 1: Cut your copper pipe pieces

You will need to use your pipe cutter to cut seven 6” pieces, two 5” pieces, and six 2.5” pieces. Keep in mind that three of the 6" pieces and the two 5" pieces make up your arms that will be holding the candles - feel free to experiment on the lengths, they do not need to be as uniformed as mine.

I like to mark my cut line with sharpie and then lay the cutter on a flat surface and rotate the pipe through.

DIY Copper Candelabra
DIY Copper Candelabra
assemble the base and inspect before gluing.

assemble the base and inspect before gluing.

Step 2: Build the candelabra’s base

Gather your cut pieces, setting aside three of the 6” pieces and the two 5” pieces. Using your elbows, tees and four 6” pieces to form the base of the candelabra.

That picture shows a dry-fitting of the pieces – four 6” pieces, six 2.5” pieces, eight elbows, and three tees. Make sure everything looks good, and then go through an apply the glue to the connector pieces (elbows and tees). Use a popsicle stick or the end of a plastic utensil to apply the glue to the fittings. 

make sure to turn the elbow pieces up as they will be holding the arms.

make sure to turn the elbow pieces up as they will be holding the arms.

Step 3: Build the arms of the candelabra 

Use your glue to attach the coupling pieces to the top of the four 6” pieces and two 5” pieces you set aside earlier.

your arms which will be holding the candles.

your arms which will be holding the candles.

Step 4: Attach the candelabra arms to the base

 Again, use glue to attach the arms to the base of the candelabra. I used the three 6” arms on the back side, and the two 5” arms on the front, but try out the different arrangements before you glue. If necessary, use a box to prop the arm upright in a level position while the glue dries.

base and arms connected!

base and arms connected!

DIY Copper Candelabra
DIY Copper Candelabra
DIY Copper Candelabra
DIY Copper Candelabra
DIY Copper Candelabra

The hardware store hasn't seen the last of me yet.