Monday, March 9, 2015

DIY Four Arm Candelabra

Happy Monday, friends!
 You guys know one of my favorite things to do is to figure out a way to DIY a high-end
 product that is out of my budget and share it with those of you in the same boat. I love 
my new Four Arm Candelabra, if you can squeeze glue out of a bottle and drive
to your local Ace Hardware you've got the skills, and can have one too!

I'd seen these gorgeous candelabras here and there, but this Dining Al Fresco post by
 Mandy @ Waiting on Martha last summer was the one that made me take notice, and
 search them out. Sadly, they were $600 each, waaaay out of my candelabra budget!  


When I started out I had no idea that I would be able to replicate it this closely,
I was just hoping for the general idea. Between pieces from Home Depot, Lowes and
 Hobby Lobby it came together and is the exact dimensions of the original 


Cost: Just under $50 including labor

These are the pieces I used, but it's not necessary to use the exact styles if you can't
find them. 
However, I was way more excited than anyone should be when I spied the the
 pieces with the carved rings - you see those on the original, right? So you might
want to hunt high and low for those if you're that type. :)    

The pieces on the bottom right (use four) are glued on top of the pieces top left to create
 the candle holders. 

The base, bun feet and top finial (two to a pkg, use one). 

9" traditional leg  

Before beginning I took a dowel, a bun foot and four decorative candle holder pieces
to Ace Hardware for them to align the arms and drill the holes.
ABSOLUTELY worth $10! 
My finished arms are 16" from outside edge to outside edge.
(I had a dowel, but you'll need to add it to your supply list - 1/2" x 32")

This is what you'll get back from the helpful hardware man! 
All pieces fit together very snug and secure. 

Begin assembly:

I adhered the decorative wood pieces with Gorilla Glue, following the
manufacturer's instructions.Several of my pieces had double threaded screws in them,
 I removed them with pliers before beginning. I left it on the bun foot above since the
 rings below had a hole in the center. If the glue was visible I used a toothpick to clean it
 up before it dried completely. After gluing I held the pieces together firmly for
several minutes before moving on to the next piece.

Apparently I didn't think you needed any more photos after that or I was
so excited to see it come together I blasted through it!
Atop the 9" traditional leg is a decorative piece from Hobby Lobby
 (see above, my supply list shows two, but I ended up only using one)
then the arms and top finial from Lowes (see above).

To keep my candles from leaning I put rubber bands around the bottom to help
them fit tightly in the candle holder. 

This is wood, it will catch on fire and burn your house down!!!
The Hobby Lobby packaging indicates the wood candle holders are not to be used with
 candles, as in lit candles! 

 So, there's more to these pretty little candelabras, they're available in 
a variety of painted colors ~ indecision ~ to paint or not to paint??

Tune in tomorrow for more...    

Linking up with The Inspiration Gallery


Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

LOVE IT!!! It looks exactly like the original. You rock! I think it is so cool and would love to have one in my home. It is definitely going on my DIY list!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

Pam, you are amazing! This little DIY is fabulous - would love to have a few of these cool candelabras for my dining room!!

Dana Frieling said...

Pam! You were so spot on with this one! I'm most impressed as usual, friend.

Cassie Bustamante said...

get out! that is awesome! i was wondering what the diy was in your instagram yesterday- this is sooooo fabulous!!!!!!!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh. My. Gosh! That is amazing! Leave it to you to figure it out. I've seen a painted one at Elements of Style and others floating around the web... then I saw the price. Ouch! I've been scouring ebay for a pair of multi-arm candleabras, but I should just make one (or two) instead! So, what did all of your supplies end up costing?

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Sorry, duh. Just went back and re-read. Missed the cost the first time, I was so distracted by your pretty photos!

Unknown said...

You've outdone yourself, Pam. It looks just like the original and I love the variation in the wood. I guess "Ace is the Place...!"

Unknown said...

What a fabulous idea and a beautiful design! Gorgeous room as well!

The Daily Nest said...

This is genius Pam!! Beautiful and lovely!! Great table styling as well! 💛

Denise Greenwood said...

Genius Pam! I love the look of the wood! Great job :)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Gorgeous, what a great project.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

It looks beautiful! I am in awe of your creative talent!!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

Pam does it again!! Looks fabulous, I would have never ever guessed it was a DIY!!

Julia@Cuckoo4Design said...

WHAT?!?! This is mindblowingly awesome! Seriously

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful, beautiful Pam...You certainly have captured the essence of that candelabra and I say you made it better!!...

Kim said...

Okay ... you rock my world, how you come up with these ideas. And here is what I have to say ... I LOVE that you kept it "natural" it has such a great warmth. I think D&D might be copying you!!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

What a crazy awesome DIY Pam!!! You are brilliant!!

Tracy Laverty said...

What a great DIY project Pam! I love it, and I want to make one now too!

Mallory | Confetti and Stripes said...

That is crazy how close you were able to get looks awesome! I kept thinking it looks so good in her home but I wonder if it would be too big for my coffee table...and duh we actually have the same coffee table!

Unknown said...

Fantastic Pam, I love the look and I love how your mind works! xo Nancy

StagerLinda said...

A stroke of genius! Way cooooool! You did a great job. You over estimate the skills of some (ME!) of your readers. I would have glue dripping down the sides and nothing would have aligned perfectly. I bow to you!

Carrie said...

This is such a cool project! Thank you for figuring it out and sharing, Pam!! :)

Vel Criste said...

Seriously Pam, you could sell these and people (meaning us) would buy!

Karena said...

Pam you are amazing. I have always loved the Dunes and Duchess candelabras and they are outside my budget aswell. You could sell these!
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Anna Mack said...

I just discovered Dunes and Dutchess myself and was loving that candelabra but hating the price tag.....yours is so amazingly similar, love it!

Fran said...

Oh my goodness - this is brilliant!! I love Dunes and Duchess! And, I am so intrigued by your DIY! I wonder if using similar supplies one could make the sconce too!! Great DIY!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

No way!!! You are a genius!! WOW! So, so creative. I may need to try this and am totally linking to this post next week.

Hannah Cross said...

These are so amazing! I actually can't tell the difference between yours and the originals. I love it when a DIY turns out even better than you imagined!

xx Hannah //

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