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How to Make a Candle Platform Centerpiece (page 2 of 2)

An elegant centerpiece was made inexpensively with sheet metal, scrap wood, wire and some decorative candles.

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Insert Screws

7. Turn over to back and lay out the candles in the location you want them to sit on the piece. Mark the candle placement with a black marker.

Marking Sheet Metal

8. Use a metal drill to pre-drill all holes where the black markers are placed.

9. Insert all screws in the locations — only part way through.

10. Move the piece to a place where you can fully insert the screws so they are sticking out of the front of the metal. Finish by tightening the screws by hand. Be careful handling the centerpiece with the screws now exposed through the top.

Centerpiece Construction

Add Floral Wire and Buttons

11. Drill holes along the two unfinished ends. You may need to slide a piece of scrap wood underneath the metal while drilling the holes.

Sheet Metal holes

12. Use floral wire to create a fringe that closes the edge. You can make it decorative or close it like a seam.

Sheet metal fringe

13. Use buttons or something like furniture protectors to lift the piece off the table and to keep from scratching it.

Gluing Sheet metal

Attach Candles

14. Carefully screw in the large candles into the screws.

Optional: Take pieces of plastic leaves and place along the edge (tuck under) once placed on the table.

Candle Centerpiece Construction

Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.

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