How to Make a Candleholder Out of Corner Bead

Create rustic metal cases for your dripless or battery-powered candles

how to make a candleholder out of drywall corner bead
Photo by Wendell T. Webber

If you've recently finished a big drywall project, you're bound to have some scraps of corner bead lying around. These handsome candleholders are an eye-catching way to use up the extras.


Steps // How to Make a Candleholder Out of Corner Bead
1 ×

Snip The Bead for The Base

 
Step One // How to Make a Candleholder Out of Corner Bead

Snip The Bead for The Base

step by step how to make a candleholder of drywall corner bead, use tin snips to cut notches for the base

Using tin snips, cut notches into the 17-inch bead at about a 30-degree angle every 4 inches along its length, forming V's at 4-, 8-, 12-, and 16-inch intervals.

 
2 ×

Form The Base

 
Step Two // How to Make a Candleholder Out of Corner Bead

Form The Base

step by step how to make a candleholder of drywall corner bead, bend metal around wood to make base

Lay the bead along the 2x2 so that the first notch is aligned with a corner. Bend the metal around the wood to form a 90-degree angle. Repeat at the next two notches.

 
3 ×

Cut a Tab

 
Step Three // How to Make a Candleholder Out of Corner Bead

Cut a Tab

step by step how to make a candleholder of drywall corner bead, continue bending to complete the base

At the last notch, snip away the inside half of the remaining 1 inch of bead before bending it into place. This tab folds over to complete the base.

 
4 ×

Construct The Frame

 
Step Four // How to Make a Candleholder Out of Corner Bead

Construct The Frame

step by step how to make a candleholder of drywall corner bead, drill uprights and fasten onto base

Position an upright at one corner of the base. Using a ⅛-inch bit, drill through the base and into the upright at each midpoint of the upright's L, making two holes. Use a ¼-inch bit to widen these holes, then fasten with machine screws and nuts. Repeat for the remaining three uprights.

 
5 ×

Add The Top

 
Step Five // How to Make a Candleholder Out of Corner Bead

Add The Top

step by step how to make a candleholder of drywall corner bead, bend top pieces flat with locking pliers

Use locking pliers to bend the four 4-inch top pieces flat along their creases to fit over the tops of the uprights.

 
6 ×

Fasten The Top

 
Step Six // How to Make a Candleholder Out of Corner Bead

Fasten The Top

step by step how to make a candleholder of drywall corner bead, bend top pieces flat with locking pliers, then place candle inside

Use the same process as in Step 4: Drill holes through the top pieces and into the uprights, then fasten with machine screws and nuts. Place a dripless or battery-powered candle inside.

 
 
 

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