My fifteen minute wood candle holder

Got fifteen minutes? Then you can do today’s project: make a wood candle holder…..

But first I want to say this:

Oh you guys, thank you so much for your comments on Tuesdays post. I guess I was having a bit of an existentialist crisis. I really wasn’t fishing for compliments but I sure loved getting them. I am saving all of your comments in a special folder and whenever I will have another round of self doubt in the future I will go into that folder and read every sweet word over and over again. 



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Today I want to share a little craft project. A fifteen minute craft project that has been lighting up my evenings all week. Remember when I told you before Christmas that I was going through my whole haphazardly collected assembly of candles? Well I thought I finished them all off before the Holidays and stocked up on a bunch of new white ones. 

And then when I got out the Christmas boxes I found another 40 of these tiny votive candles I had bought for my somewhat failed pumpkin candle holder project of Christmas 2011. They didn’t fit in any of my standard size candle sticks and I didn’t want them to go to waste……


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So I retreated into the basement to see what I could come up with. Fifteen minutes later I was finished and after a couple of hours of drying time, I had a set of custom made candle sticks for my teeny votives. 

I think they turned out pretty cute.

Want to make some too?



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Here are the five steps:

1. Get out a piece of scrap wood and cut it in four pieces each a different size

2. Get out the drill with a big drill bit and start drilling a hole in the top (I used the bench vice as an extra hand).

3. Check that it is wide enough for the candle

4. Dip the wood in a jar of paint, let most of the paint drip back in the pot. 

5. Turn over the wood, let it dry and rejoice in the drippings. 


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That’s it, just five easy steps anyone can do and you can totally customize these to your decor and choice of candles. I am totally digging the drips of the paint in this project. So often we are so careful not to have drips and droopy bits, but this time I think they definitely add a bit of quirk.

These would totally work with a color paint too. But I had the white paint open, so I went for it. 

You like?

Tell me are you into droopy bits too? Do you have any candles laying around that need a custom fit candle holder? Have any nice plans for the weekend?

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  1. Ellie Van Caster says

    What a cute and easy project-I love the way your mind works. Definately a lightbulb moment.
    Have a good weekend.

  2. says

    Very cute project. I subscribe to your blog via Google Reader and your posts have been coming through fine. I’ve been away and haven’t read everything recently, but I hope to catch up soon.

  3. JuneA** says

    Genuis! I really like the white paint with the white candles..perfect for a early winter night! I’m subscribed thru GFC and not having any problems getting updates…THANKS!