How to Make Wooden Candle Holders


Learning how to make wooden candle holders is not difficult. You can make candle holders using wood leftover from other projects or drill holes in logs scavenged from a nearby forest to make a more rustic-looking candle centerpiece. Use tea light candles if you only plan to burn your candles for a short time or choose votive candles for a candle holder that will be part of the decorations for a longer party.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Wood
  • Drill
  • Spade bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or other finish
  • Measure the spot where you want to display your finished candle holder. As for how many candles to include in the project, keep in mind that interior design experts say odd-numbered elements usually look more pleasing to the eye. A holder with either three or five candles will work well in most spaces.

  • Mark your wood where you want to cut the holes for candles. If the wood has a nice grain or points of interest, such as knots, cut the holes in spots that highlight these areas.

  • Drill the holes using a spade bit. Make them as deep as your tea light or votive cups are high. Most tea light cups are about ½ inch high, while votive candles are between 1 ½ and 2 inches high.

  • Sand the board to a smooth finish.

  • Stain or otherwise finish your wooden candle holder as desired, making sure to use a non-flammable product..

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more decorative centerpiece, add a space for a small vase so you can display flowers in the middle of your candle holder.
  • Carefully read the label on the finish you choose to make sure you do not use any flammable materials on your homemade candle holder.
  • Regardless of what type of candle holder you are using, never leave burning candles unattended. If you have children or pets, battery-operated tea lights provide a safe alternative to an open flame.

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