Give your decor a shot of steampunk style by turning discarded bicycle parts into industrial-chic votive holders.

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How to Make Bicycle Gear Votive Holders



  • bicycle gears ranging from 2-1/2 inches to 6-1/2 inches in diameter
  • damp cloth or paper towel
  • votive candles
  • permanent bond glue

1 - Choose Appropriately-Sized Gears

Choose Appropriately-Sized Gears

In order for the gear votive holder to proportionately align with the candles it holds, you must heed proper size and scale. Stick with gears between 2-1/2 inches and 6-1/2 inches in diameter. Because the gears will be layered with a pyramid effect, using several gears differing between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch in diameter will result in a balanced, stacked look.

2 - Wipe Excess Oil

Wipe Excess Oil

Before assembling the gears, wipe excess oil and residue with a damp cloth or paper towel.

3 - Apply Glue and Stack

Apply Glue and Stack

Allow one full day for glue to cure before inserting and lighting votive candle.

4 - Insert Votive Candle

Insert Votive Candle

After the glue has properly cured and stacked gears have bonded, place votive candle into hole of top gear.

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