Natural Candelabra Made From Branches!

I was doing a little window shopping this past summer with my sister and noticed a beautiful driftwood candelabra in a store window. I thought, “I can do that!” So, I went home and searched the surrounding forest for some perfect branches. Here’s how I did it!


First, I found branches that were evenly shaped and similar in color.

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Then, I cut them using a mini miter saw stand and saw (from Ace Hardware – about $8.00 for the stand).

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I cut seven even branches, cutting both ends at a 45 degree angle. Each branch was approx. 14 inches long. I then used a large mat cutter and peeled off the bark. Some of the branches were already a little wet, so the bark came off easily. If it doesn’t, you can soak the branches in warm water and then peel. Let each piece thoroughly dry afterwards. I then slightly sanded each piece.

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Then, I trimmed the ends with an exacto knife to make sure they were smooth and flat.

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Then, using Quik Grips, I positioned the branches together, two at a time, and glued them using Gorilla Glue.

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Each time I glued, I let the branches dry overnight. I then scraped off any excess glue drippings with an exacto knife. Once all of the pieces were glued, I tied twine around the joints to hide any excess glue that was visible between the connected branches.

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Once all of the twine was added, I glued glass candleholders to each branch. They were .79 at AC Moore’s, .99 at Michael’s. Once I again, I used Gorilla Glue.

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I glued the glass candleholders one at a time, not all at once, and counter balanced the weight by placing a Quik Grip on the opposite side.

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Again, I cleaned up any glue drips with an exacto knife. And voila…

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Here is the finished product. My very own, unique branch candleabra! The individual branches are not all perfectly uniform is size or length, thus giving a very natural yet a bit random look. I lit the candles at my latest book club meeting (which was at my house this time) and received rave reviews. It took a bit of time, but well worth it. A very natural but elegant look! Uh oh, just noticed a few more drips of glue… exacto to the rescue!

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