This tutorial for rustic candle holders costs virtually nothing to make and took about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks. It's a great way to use natural elements that are so beautiful around the home and the price can't be beat.
This year I wanted to have a woodland theme for my Christmas decor. I know that making candlesticks from logs has been done before, what hasn't, but this was the first time for me.
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We have a couple of woodpiles from trees that were cut down on the property. I tried to pick out the nicest looking round logs that were on the thinner side.
Note: Before bringing them into the house, inspect for insects. Bang them on the ground and against each other to knock pests off. You could also place them in a low temperature over on a foil-covered cookie sheet for a few hours to kill any bugs.
It's great to be able to use natural materials from your property to decorate your home. One project I have been loving lately is making my own grapevine wreaths. They look so pretty and it puts that invasive irritating vine to good use.
I've also used logs to create planters like this succulent log planter to use as an outdoor centerpiece during the summer.
Making Rustic Candle Holders from Logs
This was a team effort. My husband did a lot of the heavy work, but I know many of you ladies out there could easily pull this off. First, he cut the logs on one side to make them square. Then I showed him how long to make each piece. Boy was that sawdust messy! I decided I would probably need about nine good size pieces for our dining room table.
Next, we went to the basement and put each piece in a vice. You could have someone else hold it but a vice is a perfect tool for keeping the log still while you drill.
We picked up a 1-1/2-Inch Spade Drill Bit at the hardware store and drilled out the center, large enough to fit a standard tealight.
I wanted the tealight to sit flush or just slightly above the wood candle holders. However, you could adjust this depth by drilling deeper or not as deep depending on your preference. I wouldn't recommend setting the tealights too low or you may find that the wood will char or catch on fire. Also, definitely use a tealight in a metal cups for protection.
These rustic candle holders were then arranged down the center of our table on a simple burlap runner. A few sprigs of boxwood adds a pop of greenery and completes the look.
Don't these rustic candle holders have a nice woodland feel? So warm and cozy. I love the way they turned out.
P.S. If you enjoy using nature to decorate the table you may like this Natural Fall Centerpiece or this Fall Centerpiece using plants with fall color from your own backyard. You can find them and many more on my DIY Projects Page.