DIY Wood Block Candleholder

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Create an inexpensive wood block candleholder that will certainly be a conversation starter at your next dinner party. You can customize the paint and stain colors as well as the size of candles to fit your style.

Wood block candleholder
Wood block candleholder (Image: Wood block candle holder)

Things You'll Need

  • 4-by-4-inch wood post, 16-inch length
  • Miter saw
  • Electric sander or a sanding block 
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Drill with spade bits
  • Dropcloth or piece of cardboard
  • Painter's tape
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • Rag or old T-shirt
  • Paint and/or stain
  • Spray polyurethane
  • 6 tapered candles

Step 1: Cut the Post

Using a miter saw, cut the 4-by-4-inch wood post into a 16-inch section. If you use a fence post, you will have enough to make two candleholders.

Tip

  • If you are not comfortable using a saw, simply ask your local hardware store to cut your post to size. Most stores will do this free of charge.

Gather your supplies.
Gather your supplies. (Image: Wood block candle holder)
Cut the wood post to a 16-inch length.
Cut the wood post to a 16-inch length. (Image: Wood block candle holder)

Step 2: Sand the Wood

Lightly sand all four sides and both ends with 220-grit sandpaper until smooth. You can also use a sanding block if you do not have an electric sander.

Sand the wood block.
Sand the wood block. (Image: Wood block candle holder)

Step 3: Measure Placement

Measure 2 inches in from each end of your block and make a mark for the outer two candles. Then make a mark for the four other candles spaced approximately 2 1/4 inches apart.

Tip

  • Choose a 3/4-inch spade bit or one that is the same size as the base of the candle you are using.

Measure the spacing for your candles and mark.
Measure the spacing for your candles and mark. (Image: Wood block candle holder)

Step 4: Drill Holes

Using your drill and spade bit, drill the first hole 1 inch into the wood block. This should be deep enough for the candle to stand up straight. Repeat this step for the remaining five holes.

Drill the first hole.
Drill the first hole. (Image: Wood block candle holder)
Measure the depth of the hole.
Measure the depth of the hole. (Image: Wood block candle holder)
Drill the rest of the holes for the candles.
Drill the rest of the holes for the candles. (Image: Wood block candle holder)

Give the top of the block another quick sanding. Also use your sandpaper to lightly sand the insides of the holes so that they will be smooth when you insert your candles.

Sand the top.
Sand the top. (Image: Wood block candle holder)
Sand the inside of the holes.
Sand the inside of the holes. (Image: Wood block candle holder)

Step 5: Tape, Stain and Paint

Using the painter's tape, tape off a design of your choice such as a geometric pattern or stripes. You can use paint or stain or a combination of both. In this case both are used to create a modern, geometric pattern.

Apply the stain to the area with a paintbrush, and wipe off any excess with a rag. Let the stain dry for 24 hours.

Tape to make the design you want.
Tape to make the design you want. (Image: wood block candle holder)
Apply the stain.
Apply the stain. (Image: Wood block candle holder)

Next, tape of the area where you plan to paint. Stuff pieces of an old T-shirt or rag into the holes so the paint will not run down into the holes.

Apply two coats of paint to the wood block, sanding between each coat. Remove the tape before the second coat is completely dry for a crisp edge.

When the paint is completely dry, in approximately four to six hours, spray on a coat of polyurethane to protect your candleholder.

Cover holes and paint.
Cover holes and paint. (Image: Wood block candle holder)
Sand between coats.
Sand between coats. (Image: Wood block candle holder)
Spray on polyurethane.
Spray on polyurethane. (Image: Wood block candle holder)

Style and Use Your Candleholder

Insert your candles into the holes and enjoy a beautiful candlelit dinner.

Wood detail.
Wood detail. (Image: Wood block candle holder)
Wood block candleholder.
Wood block candleholder. (Image: Wood block candle holder)

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