I love these wooden candle holders for the fall season. Use them on your Thanksgiving table to create that perfect autumn vibe.
I’m finally sharing my wooden candle holder DIY project! I’m SO excited because I LOVE how these candle holders turned out! It was very easy to make, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my husband and his power tools. If you have access to some tools, you should definitely consider making these!
Materials Needed to Make your own Wooden Candle Holder:
Birch tree log (we just cut one down from our family’s acreage!)
Sand paper or an Oscillating Sander
Clear Sealer (we used this one)
The first step was finding a log. I wanted one that was about 3 inches in diameter. Ours is pictured above with the dogs (they wanted to help too!).
The next step was to cut the wooden candle holders to size. I chose to make mine about 5 inches tall, but you can really use any height you want! We used a mitre saw for this.
At this point you may want to let the wood dry out. That is, if you cut down a live tree log.
Next we had to mark the centre on the top of the 5″ pieces we had cut. Using the drill press,
we my husband drilled down about half way (2.5″).
This is what we were left with after drilling! The insides were a bit rough!
To clean them up we sanded the tops and bottoms a bit, and then used the oscillating sander to sand the insides. Rolled up sand paper sheets would also work well!
Finally, we added a clear acrylic sealer to the outside to give it some shine, and prevent it from rotting :)
Below is our finished wooden candle holder after sanding and clear coating! I’m so happy with how they turned out! They are unique pieces that literally cost me NOTHING because we had all the tools already, and the log was from mother nature :)
Each piece shows off its own unique knots and twists in the bark.
Since I couldn’t wait to show the wooden candle holders off, I used them immediately for our thanksgiving table decor!
- Birch Tree Log
- Sand paper
- Clear sealer
- Miter saw
- Drill Press
- Oscillating sander
- Cut the log to desired size for the wooden candle holders
- Ensure the interior of the wood is completely dry
- Mark the center for the drill press
- Drill press the desired depth into the log
- Sand the interior of the wooden candle holder
- Add clear coat to protect the wooden candle holders
As always, please leave your questions and comments below :)
And thank you to my wonderful husband who helped my project come to life! Hope you like it as much as I love it!