DIY Copper Candelabra = Spooky Chic Halloween Decor

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If traditional orange-and-black Halloween decor is not your vibe, trust us when we say spooky chic is a thing. And this DIY candelabra proves it. Fashioned from copper pipe, its sleek lines are modern and stylish while still offering a bit of eeriness, especially when paired with black taper candles for an extra Gothic touch. Leave the kitschy cauldrons and fake spiderwebs for the haunted house down the street — this candelabra is festive for All Hallows' Eve but sophisticated enough to keep up all year round.

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Step 1: Cut the pipes.

Use the pipe cutter to cut the copper pipe into the following sizes:

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  • 8-inch pipes (2)
  • 5-inch pipes (3)
  • 3-inch pipes (3)
  • 2-inch pipes (4)
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Step 2: Assemble the base.

Start with the first long side by laying out a tee joint in the center with a 3-inch pipe on one side and a 5-inch pipe on the other side. Reverse the order on the other long side so that the 5-inch pipe and 3-inch pipe are on the opposite side of the tee joint. This will stagger the candles when it's time to add the arms.

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Now lay out the two short sides of the base. Start with a tee joint in the center and add a 2-inch pipe on each side.

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Then add a 90-degree elbow in each corner to form a rectangle.

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Step 3: Glue the base together.

Dry fit all of the pieces together and then turn all the tee joints upright.

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Glue the pieces together with an industrial strength glue.

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Step 4: Assemble the arms.

Place the two 8-inch pipes vertically in the tee joints on the short sides of the base. Place the 5-inch and 3-inch pipes vertically in the tee joints on the long sides of the base. Glue them in place.

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Once the glue is dry, you're all set to insert the taper candles into the arms.

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Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse
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Slightly spooky but majorly chic, this candelabra will add some moodiness to your decor without screaming Halloween. And the best part? You don't have to stash it away in a storage bin for the rest of the year.

Note: To keep your copper clean, all you need are some simple ingredients found in your kitchen.

Image Credit: Trisha Sprouse
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