How to Make a Caned Candle Holder
I’ve been so happy to see a resurgence of all things ’70s in the design world, especially when caned furniture began popping up everywhere! Sometimes it can be frustrating when a style you like begins to trend, because it often leads to an oversaturation thanks to places like Target, and, well … people like us bloggers! But you’ve got to admit—having so many options available that align with your personal style sure is convenient. Sometimes, though, I still feel the need to get crafty and make my own furniture and home accessories, like these easy caned candle holders.
Caning is the flat reed material (from the rattan family) that is cut into thin strips and woven into an intricate webbing like you see here, or sometimes done in a simpler webbing like a basic mesh. You can buy caning at most fabric shops and at many online retailers like Amazon or caning specialty shops. I happen to have a set of vintage Cesca chairs with caned seats that have somehow withstood the test of toddler knees, but I’m still leery of using the material anywhere that will see a lot of wear and tear. Caning is a fragile material that will give way after repeated direct pressure, so I thought layering the caning over glass would be a great way to keep it from getting beat up.
–Glass hurricane candle holders
–Hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
-Caning in style of your choice (this is the caning I used)
–Flat oval reed in 1/4″ width
Step One: Cut a section of the caning to fit the circumference of your hurricane. My caning came rolled up, so it very easily wrapped around my hurricanes without my having to hold it in place.
Step Two: After the width of the caning is cut, trim each piece to the height of each hurricane.
Step Three: Use a hot glue gun to attach the caning at the seam. Don’t overdo it on the glue, or it will seep out and become visible.
Step Four: Trim pieces of flat reed to wrap around the top, bottom, and along the seam of the caning. You’ll need three pieces for each hurricane. Trim them a bit longer than what you think you’ll need at first. You can trim them more precisely in the next step.
Step Five: Use hot glue to attach the flat reed across the top and bottom of the hurricanes as well as along the seam. As you get to the end of each strip, trim the edges to fit perfectly in place. You may want to use masking tape to hold the glue in place as you work your way around the perimeter of the hurricane.
I love the texture and warmth that these candle holders add to my coffee table display! I think it would be really fun to utilize the rest of my caning to make an entire set. They’d make a dramatic dining table centerpiece, don’t you think?
You didn’t think I’d finish this post without dubbing this project with the most obvious pun ever, did you? These hurri-caned candle holders are so easy to make, and would be a great craft night with friends. Everyone bring your own jars and cane puns! – Mandi
Credits//Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.