DIY Black Marbled Candleholders

DIY Marbled Candle Holders by Fran for Design*Sponge
There’s no denying that the design must-have of the moment is marble. Used in any room of the house it creates a clean and cool feel that’s always in style. I’ve used marble contact paper to update a number of furniture pieces, safe in the knowledge that if I grow tired of the look, I can peel it off to start the next project. But until that time comes, I’m determined to continue to add as many marble details throughout my home as I can get away with.

DIY Marbled Candle Holders by Fran for Design*Sponge
When used in more traditional furniture, marble can sometimes seem dated, but the trick to DIYing it successfully is keeping the shape contemporary and minimal, and to remember to use sparingly. An accent detail is all that’s needed. These candleholders are an easy way to add an accent of marble to a dining centerpiece, a bit of luxury to a chilly evening soak in the bath or maybe, like mine, just a beautiful feature for a room that needs some marble. –Fran

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Black Marble Candle Holder Materials

-Polymer clay: black and white
-Taper candles
-Retractable blade knife
-Clear enamel varnish


1. Break off enough black polymer clay to fill ¾ of you ramekin (or until the inner edge recedes) and warm by kneading gently with your hands. Work this into one large ball.

2. Working on a hard, nonstick surface pull off small flecks of the white polymer clay with your fingers and spread over the working area.

Black Marble Candle Holder Step 2

3. Roll the black ball around the surface to create an uneven distribution of white flecks over the surface. Squash the ball flat as you’re doing this to give a sparser effect.

Black Marble Candle Holder Step 3a
Black Marble Candle Holder Step 3b
Black Marble Candle Holder Step 3c

4. To make the marble effect, roll and pull the clay out into a long tube shape, twist and then roll back into a ball. You may need to do this two or three times to get the random veins typical of marble, but be careful not to overwork and mix the two colors together.

Black Marble Candle Holder Step 4a
Black Marble Candle Holder Step 4b
Black Marble Candle Holder Step 4c

5. When you’re happy with the patterning fill the ramekin with the clay. Work in from one side of the ramekin, pushing the clay into all the corners at the bottom to avoid getting air trapped under the clay.

Black Marble Candle Holder step 5

6. Push flat using your fingers, then gently push the end of a candle into the middle of the clay. Make sure the hole is deep enough to support the candle and move it around just a little for a good fit.

Black Marble Candle Holder Step 6
Black Marble Candle Holder Step 6b
Black Marble Candle Holder Step 6c
Black Marble Candle Holder Step 6d

7. Remove the candle and heat the clay in the oven on a low setting for about 20 minutes.
Remove the clay from the oven. Allow it about 10 minutes to cool and then tap the upturned ramekin until the clay falls out.

Black Marble Candle Holder step 7

8. The clay should be slightly soft still so it’s easier to cut into now. Take the knife and carefully cut a small slice from the top of the holder to create a smooth, clean edge.

Black Marble Candle Holder step 8

9. Put the candleholder back into the ramekin and heat for another 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove from the oven, leave to cool and tap out of the ramekin once more.

Black Marble Candle Holder Step 9
Black Marble Candle Holder Step 9b

10. Spray several light coats of enamel varnish over the surface of the candleholder to give the finished piece a glossy shine.

Black Marble Candle Holder Step 11
DIY Marbled Candle Holders by Fran for Design*Sponge

  1. kimithy says:

    I had no idea how to marbelize clay, this is really cool!

  2. Maggie says:

    I love this project! I am a candle junkie and have these bleeding candles for Halloween – maybe I should make these orange and black to hold them!


  3. Coolsisters says:

    Be careful about the ‘varnish’ you use. Some will degrade the polymer clay. I use a brush-on liquid specifically for polymer clay (a bit of googling can save you later on). You can also leave clay matte – at it looks great. Can also take sanding.

  4. Who knew?! Amazing project!

  5. Sarah says:

    These are beautiful! A great idea for a modern home!

  6. Autumn Hope says:

    Wow! Just from the picture I thought it was real marble! I am so impressed!!

  7. Elisabeth says:

    Awesome project – Can’t wait to try this one out!

  8. Eve says:

    wow this looks so amazing!

  9. june says:

    This is amazing Fran! Also so pleased to see you here on Design Sponge…you’re one of my fav bloggers!! xxx

  10. Julie says:

    Hi Francesca – looks cool! I didnt know you could make clay look like marble. Will definitely try that at home this weekend. Thanks for the tip!

  11. Kirstin says:

    Wow! What a great little project! I can’t wait to try this, I could see these going well on a stark white table, or above a fireplace! Thanks for the great design tip :)

  12. Ilse says:

    Wow! Did you think of that yourself? Really cool and original, will pin!

  13. Ben says:

    Love this DIY project – I know what I’m doing this weekend!

  14. Aditi says:

    I had quite a bit of trouble getting the clay out of the ramekins. Did anyone else have similar issues? I’d like to try it again but maybe oil the ramekin next time?

  15. Always Me says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this DIY! Definitely filing it away for a future attempt!


  16. geralyn says:

    Or… you could buy ceramic ones that my friend Alison makes!

  17. Claire says:

    wondering what your thoughts are on making them into geometric marbled candle holders? possible? Also, how thick should the holder be- is that determined by candle weight?

  18. Vicky B. says:

    What a pretty idea. Can’t wait to make my own. :-)

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