How To Make Candlesticks From Old Curtain Rings

4 Materials
30 Minutes

I recently purchased a HUGE box of old curtain rings from an auction. I mean hundreds. So I have been racking my brain to come up with some original uses for them.These candlesticks are super quick and easy to make, and look fab in their contrasting colours.

What you need to make a pair of candlesticks from curtain rings

  • A selection of old curtain rings. Ours all vary slightly in size and are made of both wood and plastic.
  • Two wooden spheres
  • Any strong glue. We used Bostik all-purpose. E6000 would be a good alternative.
  • Candlestick cup and collar inserts

How to make candlesticks from curtain rings.

Start by removing the little eye screw from each of the curtain rings. These should unscrew easily without the need for tools.
Depending on the material your old curtain rings and how obvious they are you may want to add a tiny drop of paint into the hole to disguise it, although I didn’t bother.

Have a practice run of assembling your candlestick before gluing to work out the pattern and shape you like.
After trying a few combinations, I took a photo of my favourite, so I could refer to it once I started gluing.

Once you have the pattern and shape of the candlestick clear in your head, you can start gluing.

I found it simplest to add glue to the curtain ring I was placing rather than the ones already glued. I worked in sections so as not to put too much weight on the structure before it had a chance to dry.

It is vital that candlesticks are stable. I ran extra glue around the base of the spheres after I had stuck them in place to ensure a strong bond.

It is also a good idea to stick the candle cup and collar inserts in place for the same reason. I am using taper candles in my candlesticks, but you can also get inserts for tea lights. The photo above shows you the two types so you can see the difference.

And here are my finished candlesticks made from curtain rings.

Don’t they look fab?

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • GailAmesiowa
    on Feb 11, 2020

    Where can I buy the inserts at?

    Can I get them at hobby lobby or joanns or walmart or any craft store?

  • Marda
    on Apr 16, 2020

    I love the candlesticks and would like to try and make them. could you tell me please the approximate diameter of the Rings that you used? I will be buying them new and don't know whether I need to buy all the different sizes or if they are in a group of multi size rings. could you also tell me the diameter of the wood ball? thank you in advance. I hope mine will come out even half as good as yours.

    • Craft Invaders
      on Apr 17, 2020

      Hi Marda. The wooden ball has a diameter of 5.5cm. The white ring in the photo is 6cm with an internal hole of 3.5cm The brown ring has an internal hole of 3.5cm but is a shade bigger on the outside at around 6.5cm and the gold coloured ring is chunkier all round with an internal hole of 4.5cm and 7.5cm outside diameter (It is also a bit deeper than the others) Hope that helps and would love to see yours when you make them :)

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