DIY Day: Insulator Candle Holders

Now that the holidays are winding down, I finally have time to do this blog post!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! I certainly have. Not only do I get to spend time with some amazing family, but my stocking just happened to be filled with new pens, gift tags, post it’s and vintage style magazines. All things that make my heart go pitter-patter.

So! Without further ado, here is a quick step by step guide to making Vintage Insulator Candle Holders! These beauties look absolutely stunning hanging randomly in trees or around your wedding reception. Plus, they are super unique and one of a kind – making everything just a little more special

Step by Step:

Step 1: Gather your supplies: Old Insulators (try to avoid the extra-large ones just because they are a bit heavy for this particular project), wire from any home building supplies store, wire cutters and pliers.

Step 2: Take your wire and wrap it around the narrow part of the glass creating a tight hold (you will notice a natural groove where the wire will go – this is where the power lines used to be used!) You will want to do this until you have enough wire that it’s sturdy and doesn’t flip-flop around. We will be using these insulators upside down.

Step 3: Cut another piece of wire (the size is up to you – it just depends how long you would like the wire to hang above the actual candle. I did mine in many different sizes.)

Step 4: Loop the new piece of wire through the wire already attached on two sides opposite one another to create the U shape that will be the handle. Tighten, wrap and mold this wire until it has a solid hold on the entire insulator. The wire is never the same on each piece. Sometimes it needs an extra wrap around to keep it sturdy – don’t worry about that! Just use what you need to get the job done.

Step 5: Add a candle and voila! Beautiful hanging candle holders made from old Insulators.

I hope you enjoy this craft as much as I did! If you have any questions, or you’re stuck on a certain step that just doesn’t agree with you…. Let me know! I’m happy to help you through it.

Shopping Tip: You should pay no more than $5/insulator. However, if you do come across any with purple glass this is much more valuable as it would have been used pre-war. The price of the purple pieces can vary but will be significantly more.

Thanks for reading! Enjoy your last few days of 2013!