DIY Wood Candle Holder

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thediyplan added on 12/24/2019

I think every woodworker has a pile of leftover scrap wood from other projects. Typically, I don’t throw away small wood pieces and try to use them on small wood projects. I’ve made these DIY Wooden Candle Holders from my scrap wood pile.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Step 1 - Trim 4x4 Board to 2 1/2"x2

The actual size of 4x4 is 3 1/2"x3 1/2". This is too large for these types of candles. So we need to reduce the actual size to 2 ½” x 2 ½”. Take a 4x4 board, and trim 1/2 an inch on all four sides using a table saw. You could just trim 1" from two sides to get the job done quicker, but then you'll have one rounded corner and three sharp corners. So that's why I trimmed all four sides. I didn't have a full 6-foot long board but I had smaller 4x4 scrap pieces laying around from my previous projects. And it works just as good.


Step 2 - Cut Candle Block Pieces

Then with a miter saw, cut the 2 ½” x 2 ½” board into small blocks ranging from 2” to 6” long. I didn't provide lengths for these blocks, because these are totally random and you could cut any length that you'd like. You would need 21 of these blocks.


Step 3 - Drill 1 1/2" Holes for Can

Once all 21 blocks are cut, use a ruler or a square and draw a line from one corner to the next. Then draw another line from the other two corners creating an X on the top of the block. The center of the X is the exact middle where you need to drill the hole for the candle. Drill a ½” deep hole using 1 ½” full thread tip drill bit.


Step 4 - Sand the Wood Candle Block

Now using a random orbital sander, sand any rough edges.


Step 5 -Stain and Paint Candle Hold

For this step, you could stain or paint any color you want. I used Briarsmoke stain and white paint. First, apply a coat of pre-stain, then Briarsmoke stain and wipe it off with a shop paper towel. Then lightly brush white paint over the stain to make a whitewash effect. You could arrange these wood candle blocks any way you'd like. You're done with the DIY Wood Candle Holder!

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 4x4, 72", Board  


(22) 1 1/2" Candles  
(1) Pre-Stain  
(1) Briarsmoke Stain  

Parts/Cut List:

(1) Board, 4x4x6'  

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