Leif Collection

Hans Candlesticks

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Inspired by contemporary Nordic pottery these plaster cast candle holders illuminate an intimate dinner or brighten up a mantle place with a sense of minimalist grace.


  • scissors
  • sandpaper
  • vaseline
  • popsicle stick
  • measuring spoons: tbs and tsp


  • pink plaster
  • plastic pop-top containers
  • plastic cylinders
  • water (cold or room temperature, not hot water)


10 minutes + drying time
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Gather your tools and materials. You'll want to grab some vaseline (olive oil works too), a small glass of water, measuring spoons, and a pair of scissors.

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First let's talk plaster! This plater sets fairly fast; with a working time of 60-90 seconds and a set time of 2-5 minutes we recommend reading through the directions once before starting! Use cold or room temperature water. If you use warm water the plaster will set faster and have a shorter working time which means you have to move faster, so try at your own risk. Also, this plaster is pretty low key on safety requirements...but, that doesn't mean you should go snorting it and sprinkling it in your eyes, ok? K. Let's get started!

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Take a small amount of vaseline or olive oil and rub it on the bottom portion of your 2 pop-top containers. Just a light smear all around will do. Close the tops of the containers.

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Take out the 2 plastic cylinder containers and remove the tops, set those aside. In each cylinder pour 3 leveled tablespoons of plaster.

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Then pour 1 leveled teaspoon of plaster into each container. You should have 3 tbs and 1 tsp total of plaster in each cylinder.

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Now pour a heaping tablespoon of water into the first cylinder.

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Using a popsicle stick stir the plaster and water to combine. Make sure you get all the plaster incorporated into the water. And try to stir fast:)

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Take the a pop-top container and push it about 3/4" into the center of the plaster. You don't want to push it down too far or over the pop-top which will make it very difficult to pull out later. They tend to push up as the plaster hardens so for the first minute keep checking and push it down gently if needed. Then set aside to dry for 10 minutes. Repeat steps 6-8 with the second container.

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Once the plaster has set, reach in and gently pull out the pop-top containers.

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Cut the edge of the container with a pair of scissors.

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Rip the container apart and pull out the set plaster.

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In order to reduce the amount of dust created as we sand the candlesticks, pour a little water on the sandpaper.

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Lightly sand the top of the candlesticks to soften the edges from casting.

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Add tapered candles and pretend you spent way more money than you did on these gorgeous candlesticks!


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about 4 years ago

The warning about the need for speed is important to heed. It really does set rapidly. I was more nervous to attempt this one than some of the other projects, but it turned out lovely. Thanks for a non-jewelry project, FTM.



about 4 years ago

Made these and the bowl this morning. I am surprised by how much I like these little candlesticks. My husband thinks they are really cool, too. This whole box turned out to be one of my favorites ever!



almost 4 years ago

Do you know where I could purchase more of the plastic pop-up containers/lids that we used in this craft? I bought more plaster and would like the lids to make more candlestick holders. Great idea, FTM! I loved this!



almost 4 years ago

Hi @josettahoulihan try this link. You have to buy a bunch at a time but they have a huge size selection if you want to make some in a couple sizes! http://www.papermart.com/clear-round-plastic-containers/id=16327#16327