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Ribbon Bobeches

Want a quick and easy way to dress up glass or crystal candlesticks for a birthday party or special event…Just glass bobeches and ribbon!



Supplies needed:

  • Assorted Glass or Crystal Candlesticks
  • Glass Bobeches—available at any craft store
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Hot Glue Gun



The first step of this project is to learn what a bobeche is, and how to pronounce it.

Definition: A bobeche is ‘a glass collar on a candle socket to catch drippings or on a candlestick or chandelier to hold suspended glass prisms.’  Pronounced as “bow-besh”!

The basics of this project revolve around gluing multiple ribbon loops to the underside of your bobeche.  And, in order to hide the unfinished ends of the ribbon and glue areas, you’ll need to paint the back side of your bobeche. 

Step 1: Using acrylic paint, paint the back side of each bobeche in a color that works with your ribbon.  I painted my bobeches a raspberry color.

Step 2:  Determine how your ribbon patterns will flow.  For my layout, I used my widest ribbons on the bottom, with narrower ribbons layered on top.  I mixed stripe ribbon with solid and dot ribbon to keep my bobeches festive.



Step 3:  Once you are satisfied with your ribbon layout, you’ll need to cut your ribbon into various lengths to create your loops.

Cut your bottom ribbon into 4 ½” strips.

Cut your 2nd layer of ribbon into 3 ½” strips

Cut your 3rd layer of ribbon into 2 ½” strips

If you are using a 4th layer of ribbon, cut it about 1 ½’ in length.



Step 4:  With your ribbon layers cut, use your Glue Arts Adhesive Square to adhere your ribbon loops onto each other, with the longest loop at the bottom.

Now, hot glue each bundle of ribbon loops onto the bobeche.



And there you have it….with your Ribbon Candle Bobeches complete, it’s time to add candles and set the table for that special party!   



Ribbon bobeches are quick and easy to make, so why not make up multiple sets to fit all your party occasions!  Happy Crafting!


Blog Post By: Shelly Dozier-Mckee

  1. jen shears

    SOOOO festive!

  2. Charlene

    Fun, fun idea!!

  3. Pam Loris

    Quick and easy way to dress up those candlesticks! Thanks for sharing!


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