DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra

Remember that awesome copper pipe pendant light a bit back? Brynne is the creative mind behind that, and she’s also a new member of our contributor team! Welcome her back and don’t forget to go visit her over at The Gathered Home, too.

Hello everyone! I’m Brynne from The Gathered Home & I’m so happy to be here sharing an awesome new DIY project with you today!

You may remember the DIY Geometric Copper Pipe Pendant Light I shared here on Remodelaholic last month. Well, I am still obsessed with copper and still in love with finding inspiration in the plumbing aisle of the hardware store!

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com. #copper #industrial

Are you ready to learn how to make one of your own?
DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra Tutorial

Supplies:

(8) 1/2″ copper elbows (you can purchase a bag of 10 for $3.50)
(5) 3×4″ x 1/2″ copper CxC coupling pieces – $2.30/piece
(3) 1/2″ copper tee fittings – $1.20/piece
(1) 10′ x 1/2″ copper pipe – $10 (Tip: you can quickly cut it down in the hardware store parking lot if it won’t fit in your vehicle!)
JB Weld Kwik-Weld
Copper pipe cutter

Cost: $33 for copper parts

Time Needed: approximately 2 hours

Step 1

Begin by cutting your copper pipe into the correct lengths.

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

(7) 6″ pieces, (2) 5″ pieces, (6) 2.5″ pieces.  Visit this post for tips on cutting & cleaning copper pipe the easy way!

Step 2

 Once you have all your pieces cut, you’re going to form the base of your candelabra like this:

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

In the photo above, the “vertical” arms are four of your  6″ pieces, joined by elbows. The “horizontal” pieces are 2.5″ pieces with tees in the middle. In the photo, the tees and end elbows haven’t been rotated yet, to make it easier to see them. But then you’re going to turn them upwards – this is where you will attach the arms of your candelabra.

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

Mix up your JB Weld (it’s a 2-part epoxy) and use just a little to glue your pieces together – be careful to wipe up any that smooshes out the edge! Let the base dry for the recommended 6 minutes while you assemble the arm pieces.

 

Step 3

 Build the arms.

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

Glue the coupling pieces to the top of your remaining three 6″ pieces and you two 5″ pieces of pipe. Let them dry.

 

Step 4

Add the arms to the candelabra. The three 6″ arms on the back, the two 5″ arms on the front. You know the drill! More JB Weld. More waiting.

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

 

Step 5

Admire! Congratulations – you just made your very own DIY copper pipe candelabra!

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com


DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com
DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

Are you excited to make a DIY copper pipe candelabra of your own? I think it’s the perfect finishing touch in my newly finished dining room makeover, don’t you?

Stop by The Gathered Home anytime to take a look around and see how I’m transforming my home one DIY project at a time! You can get more details on the DIY sunburst ceiling medallion or the vintage Chinese chippendale chairs I repainted & recovered, and I’d love to make your acquaintance!

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17 Comments

    1. I hope you will give it a try Jenna! Playing with copper pipe is so fun! I think the two-part epoxy was the fiddliest part of this project, but just because it was my first time using it 🙂

  1. Wow Brynne, you’re at it again– creating beautiful things with copper piping. One of these hardware store trips- I’m bound to give in and take home a few!