“Round Pillar Candle Holders”

by Sandy Atkinson




#2 round reed-weavers

#3 round reed-spokes

4” round wood base with drilled holes.

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Paint the wooden base in your choice of acrylic paint color. You might have to clean out the holes with a toothpick if they fill up with paint. Apply a 2nd coat of paint if needed. Let dry. Sand with a brown paper bag to smooth this out. Spray with sealer, let dry. Stencil if desired.

 Cut 17 pieces of #3 round reed; 1 piece for each hole. Soak. 

Insert 1 end of the reed into the hole from the top for 3”. Crimp all spokes next to the base on the underside. 

One step Braid:

With the short ends up, go in front of 1 spoke, behind the next spoke to the right. Continue around the base. The last spoke will insert under the reed from the 1st spoke.  See Fig. A. Turn base upright.

 Sides: Triple twine up the side of the basket, using 3 coordinated colors of #2 round reed. (Triple twine is over 2 spokes and behind the next 1 spoke with 3 pieces of round reed. Start with the piece farthest to the left.) Weave to a height of ” for 3” candles or 1 3/8” for the taller candles. When you need to add a new weaver, keep the ends to the inside of the basket weaving and replace with the same color. End weaving inside the basket.

 Top braid: Rewet the top spokes in preparation on the final braid. Crimp all spokes close to the weaving. Starting anywhere, take 1 spoke behind 1 spoke to the right and to the outside of the basket. Continue this pattern around the entire basket top. See Fig B.

 Step two: Starting anywhere again, take a spoke to the right back to the inside, sliding under the weaving from step one. See Fig. C.

 Repeat step 1 and step 2 again inside the basket. It will seem a little different as you will be weaving on the inside of the basket at a slight angle, but it is the same weave.

Trim off any excess, add a short or tall pillar candle and enjoy!

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 Copyright  ~  Sandy Atkinson   ~ 2007


Kit includes hand dyed reed and matching painted base is $8.99, plus shipping.

Color choices:  Dark blue base with blue, yellow, red reed
                  Pink base with pink, purple reed
                  Dark green base with shades of green reed

Unfinished wood base only: $2.99, plus shipping

Contact Atkinson’s Country House
2775 Riniel Road   Lennon, MI 48449
(810) 621-4947
Orders only: 1 (800) 832-3071
Fax: (810) 621-3058


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