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If there’s one thing Midwesterners love, it’s the fact that spring is just around the corner. And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate spring than with this tulip candle base – it is so stinking cute!
This candle base, made with deco mesh and faux flower bunches, is the perfect addition to your seasonal décor and can be a great Easter centerpiece. I just love how the tulips lay around the wreath and, let’s be honest, they are one of the best flowers of spring! (If you can’t tell from the many tulip wreaths I sell on my Etsy shop, I adore tulips!)
Ok friends, let’s get started making this beautiful candle base so you have it just in time for when the real flowers start to bloom.
Tulip Candle Base Supply List
Before you start your project, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need. Here are the supplies needed to make your candle base:
- 1 eight-inch candle base from Hot Mesh Mom
- 4 tulip bushes
- 5.5-inch mesh
- 1 astilbe bush
- 8 pipe cleaners
- Stem cutter
- Hot glue (optional)
Candle Base, Candles, and Candle Holders
First, can I just take a second to talk about how much I LOVE the candle base from Hot Mesh Mom?! Seriously, ya’ll. It’s my absolute must-have for projects like this. And it’s only $5! The design is super simple and nice and sturdy, so I don’t need to worry about it falling over. For a bigger piece, they also make a 10-inch candle base.
The base you’ll be making fits a 4-inch wide candle perfectly. I recommend using a battery-operated candle, like this super cute candle from Amazon.
The candle base made in this post looks adorable on the table, but its solid center allows you to raise it with any candle holder. And if you’re a wreath maker, these are perfect for staging ALL the things! My favorite holders include these matte black candle holders, clear glass candle holders, or, for a more rustic feel, these decorative wooden candle holders.
Flower Bunches and Mesh
You can find mesh and fake flower bunches at most craft and home goods stores. I purchased my mesh from Hobby Lobby and I typically get the flower bunches from At Home and Michaels – I swear they know me my name at these places!
To achieve the look in this tutorial, you’ll need to get 4 different colors of tulips. I used pink, purple, yellow, and off-white, but you can use any colors that brighten your room or make it feel more like spring. I chose to pair it with the astilbe because it’s a great filler and I just love how it looks with the tulips.
If you’re stocking up on supplies and tools for your decorating projects, check out all of the craft tools I use for my candle holders, in my business, and for all of my projects.
How To Make A Tulip Candle Base
The process for making a tulip candle base is pretty simple. If you watch my video below, you’ll see that it took me less than 30 minutes to make it. Simple and fast? That’s a win-win! Just follow these step-by-step instructions to make yours today.
Step 1: Cut your mesh
Cut eight strips of mesh, 22 inches long. Cutting your mesh at this length helps you get two candle bases from one roll of mesh. Let’s stretch our dollars where we can!
Step 2: Attach the pipe cleaners
Attach the pipe cleaners to your candle base. Twist them low two to three times so the pipe cleaners are going side to side, instead of in and out. Attach all 8 pipe cleaners to each crossbar in the candle base.
Step 3: Create and attach your mesh ruffles
Lay your mesh with the curl facing down. Scrunch the mesh, starting at the bottom and gathering it as you pull it toward you. When making the ruffle, you can also curl the ends before scrunching. I like to alternate between the two types of ruffles because it can give it a fuller look, with the unrolled ends fitting nicely under those that are rolled. A tighter fit can also help hide the base.
Attach the mesh cluster to the candle base by laying it between one of the pipe cleaners and twisting the pipe cleaner around it a few times, ending with the pipe cleaners facing in and out instead of side to side.
Step 4: Cut and attach your astilbe flowers
Cut the astilbe flower stems to create one short piece and one long. Attach one short-stem astilbe to each pipe cleaner, making sure the flowers face out and twisting the pipe cleaner around the stem.
Step 5: Cut and bunch your tulips
Push the greens of the tulip up to the flower and cut the stem to about 4 inches long. Combine 4 tulip stems with one long-stem astilbe.
Step 6: Attach the flower bunches
Twist the pipe cleaner tightly around the flower bunch, then cut off the excess pipe cleaner and flower stems.
Repeat this step around the entire base, laying each flower bunch beneath the previous, so there are no gaps between the clusters.
You can use hot glue to secure the pipe cleaner to the stems, especially if some of the stems are a little short. However, if you twist it tight enough, you may not need to.
Step 7: Place your candle in the middle of your candle base
Put your candle in the center of your wreath and place your adorable new spring decoration on the table or elevate the entire base on whatever candle holder you love.
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If you want to keep your instructions next to you as you create or need a shopping list of materials to take with you, you can print the instructions out below
How to Make a Tulip Candle Base
- 1 stem cutter
- 1 hot glue optional
- 1 8-inch candle base
- 4 tulip bushes
- 1 astilbe bush
- 1 5.5-inch mesh roll
- 8 pipe cleaners
- Cut 8 strips of mesh, 22 inches long.
- Attach the 8 pipe cleaners to each crossbar on your candle base. Twist them 2-3 times so the pipe cleaners go side to side.
- Scrunch your mesh and attach it to the candle base with the pipe cleaners. Repeat for all 8 strips of mesh, tightly twisting pipe cleaners 2-3 times so they end up facing in and out.
- Cut each astilbe stem in two to create one long stem and one short stem. Attach one short stem to each pipe cleaner, making sure the flowers face out.
- Cut each tulip stem to about 4 inches long and combine four tulips and one long-stem astilbe. Attach a flower bunch to each pipe cleaner, laying each flower bunch beneath the previous to avoid gaps.
- Place your candle in the middle of the candle base and display your beautiful new spring decoration!
Not ready to make your tulip candle holder just yet? Pin this tutorial for later. For another great step-by-step candle holder tutorial, learn how to make a Valentine candle base on my LIVE replay on Facebook.