Sure it’s great for keeping out bugs, but metal window screen also shines as a candleholder.
Regular hardware store metal window screening, with its nostalgic cottage connotations, has obvious uses—and some that are less apparent. Here I’ve folded it into holders for votive candles that are straightforward to make.
How To Make A Screen Candleholder
Start with a form to fold the screening around. I used those rectangular nursery-style flowerpots because of their gentle tapering shape and the variety of available sizes.
Use utility scissors to cut out a square of screening big enough to wrap up and over all four sides of the flowerpot.
Set the pot down in the centre of the newly cut square and fold two opposite sides up against the pot making a sharp crease along the bottom. Fold the remaining sides, bringing the corners together as if you were wrapping a box. Pinch all folded edges firmly against the form. Trim the excess screening to about one centimetre above the top of the pot. Carefully remove the pot. Fold the top edge down to make a make a tidy hem. Smooth and adjust the crimping with your fingers.
I’ve used aluminum-coloured aquarium stones inside the candleholders shown here. The stones surround the tea lights, weighting the base of the holder, keeping the tea lights in place and making the whole unit more stable. —Brendan Power
Photo: John Sinal