Making Candle Holders From Wood


Making your own candle holder from wood is both fun and rewarding. It offers the opportunity to create a beautiful and unique piece that can be used to bring light and warmth into any home. Plus, it’s an excellent way to express yourself by choosing colors, shapes, and materials that reflect your individual style. This project is suitable for people of all skill levels because with a few basic tools and supplies you can successfully complete this task.

Safety should be of utmost importance when undertaking any wood project. Make sure to have safety glasses or goggles when working with power tools. When using glues or sealers, good ventilation is essential for the health of everyone in the work space. Finally, always be sure that any extension cords are clear of the worksite to avoid potential tripping hazards.

To begin your project you will need some basic tools such as a saw, hammer and nails, sandpaper and/or an electric sander, drill with bits for making holes in the wood pieces, clamps for assembly purposes, drill press or hand drill (optional), dye/paint/stain as desired (optional), sealant or polyurethane finish if desired (optional). You may also want some sort of template or plan which you can easily draw up yourself or purchase online. Also make sure to have plenty of workspace- a large tabletop or outdoor workshop area would be ideal! After gathering all supplies you are ready to start building your candle holder but first have fun thinking of creative designs that will make your piece truly one-of-a-kind!

Gather Your Materials

Making candle holders from wood is a rewarding experience, and you don’t need many materials to get started. To make a simple, stand-alone holder, you will need the following items:

• Table saw
• Drill
• Jigsaw
• Hammer
• Sandpaper and/or sanding block
• Screwdriver
• Wood (dowels – 1/2 inch diameter – or 1×3 boards)
• Tealight Candle Holders – they can be found at craft stores or hardware stores.
• Wood screws – appropriate size for your material and wall thickness. Generally 2 or 3 inches long should work.
For a decorative finish you can also pick up some stain or paint from any home improvement store. You may also consider screws with larger heads like deck screws if you’d like a different look than standard wood screws offer. If using dowels for the candle holder base, you’ll need some wooden glue as well.

Finding all of these materials shouldn’t take too much effort; your local hardware store should have most of what you need while craft stores can provide any additional decorative supplies you might be looking for. And don’t worry if you don’t have access to all of the saws listed – most of these tasks can also be handled with an oscillating multitool or even some manual saws and chisels!

Preparing the Wood

When making candle holders from wood it is essential to prepare the wood prior to beginning your craft. Depending on the type of wood you are using, you may need to sand and smooth it before use. Sanding techniques should start with a coarse grain of sandpaper such as a P80 or P120. With this, begin by lightly scrubbing the wood in a circular motion until you start to feel the surface becoming smoother. Then move up to finer-grain sandpaper, such as a P180 or P220, for a more detailed finish. This should result in an incredibly smooth surface without any rough edges or grainy textures. Furthermore, if possible – in order to get the best possible results – try passing over each area with extra fine-grade sandpaper, such as P320 or finer. Additionally, if desired, you can utilize these same techniques with an electric sander which will greatly speed up your work. Whatever method you choose this process is critical when making candle holders with wood and should produce brilliant results when done correctly.

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Making the Shape of the Holder

Making candle holders from wood is a great way to create unique, rustic decor for any room. To begin, assemble your materials; you will need some pieces of wood, a saw or jigsaw, sandpaper, screws or nails and drill bits.

Blocking Out the Shape of the Holder:
Choose the piece of wood that you want to make into the holder. Place it on a work surface and sketch out how you want the finished holder to look. The top portion of the holder should be slightly wider than the base so that you can fit multiple sizes of candles. Once you know what shape you want your holder to be, use a saw or jigsaw to cut out the desired shape.

Sanding Down Edges:
Once you’ve cut out the basic shape of your holder, it’s time to start sanding down those rough edges. Sand off any splinters and smooth down the surface until all rough spots are gone. Make sure you pay close attention to areas around where screws or nails will go; this will help ensure that everything fits together snugly when all is said and done.

Drilling and Nailing:
With all edges smoothed out, it’s time for drilling and/or nailing. To attach different pieces together, locate where holes need to be drilled in order for screws or nails to fit through them at an angle that allows for secure attachment without compromising integrity (angle not too steep). With your drill bit ready, bore each hole accordingly and then use either screws or nails (and hammer) to fasten pieces together in those places where holes have been bored.

Finishing Touches:
At this point your basic structure should be complete – you can now fill in decorative details as desired since there are no strict rules about what a candle holder should look like. You could add wooden dowels for gripping larger candles; alternatively, why not engrave designs onto each side? Get inspired by browsing other designs online – once finished with these finer touches don’t forget a light coat of varnish can finish off any creation nicely!

Assembling the Candle Holders

First, gather the materials you need to make a candle holder. These include: wood, a drill and drill bit, sandpaper, clamps or vice grips (optional), and glue.

Second, measure out the pieces of wood you will use for the holder. Cut them to size using the saw provided.

Third, position one piece of wood flat on a work bench or table. Position the other piece at a 90-degree angle atop the first piece and secure with clamps or vice grips (if desired).

Fourth, drill two pilot holes around 1 ½ inches apart in both pieces of wood where they meet to ensure a secure hold when gluing. If desired, countersink the hole slightly so that it is flush with the surface of the wood.

Fifth, glue both pieces together with strong wood glue and leave to dry completely. It is important not to rush this step as if you do your holder may not be structurally sound when finished.

Sixth, after drying sand all surfaces off until smooth and even – taking care to remove any excess glue that has spilled over in between the two pieces of wood when assembling them together.

Seventh, finish off your candle holder with paint or apply varnish as desired prior to using candles with it – making sure it is entirely safe before doing so!

Adding Decorative Touches

One of the best ways to add a decorative touch to your wooden candle holder is through staining it. Staining will enhance the grain and color of the wood and bring out its natural characteristics. Start by wiping away all dust from the surface of the wood with a damp cloth. Then, choose a color that you would like and apply the stain using either a paintbrush or rag, making sure to wipe off any excess stain that may have accumulated on areas that you don’t want stained. Allow 24 hours for it to dry completely.

Painting your wooden candle holder is another great option for adding decorative touches. First, sand down any rough surfaces so that your paint can adhere easily. Then, using either an oil-based or watercolour-based paint of your choice, coat your entire piece evenly – pay close attention near joints, corners and other intricate details. Once finished, ensure that all edges and strokes are precise by going over them with smalltooth sandpaper before applying a protective sealant such as varnish or lacquer to prolong its life span even further.

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Finishing Touches

When the wood candle holders are finished, it’s time to apply a protective wax or oil to protect them from moisture damage and preserve them for years. Depending on the wood used, either beeswax or olive oil should do an effective job of protecting the holders. Applying wax or oil is simple: Use a non-abrasive cloth like a cotton T-shirt and rub it in, using circular motions and light pressure. If your candles holders have intricate grooves or dips in them, you’ll want to make sure that every crevice of the design has been covered in wax or oil. Adding extra layers will never hurt as this will further protect against water damage. Once you’ve added enough layers of protection (around three coats should be sufficient), carefully wipe away any excess with a soft dry cloth until all surfaces become completely dry and buttery smooth to touch.

Tips for Use

Using and taking care of your wooden candle holders is simple. To maintain the quality and longevity of the holder, use a soft cloth to clean it. A damp cloth with mild soap should be used if needed before drying the surface with a paper towel. Make sure to keep the wooden materials away from too much heat to avoid warping or burning.

When inserting candles into the holders, be careful not to force them in as this will damage not only the candle but also your holder. In order to accommodate different sizes and types of candles, you may need some kind of wax filler in certain places where necessary for a secure fit. Place several sheets of newsprint around the area first then fill any gaps with melted wax before inserting a candle. Once secured, make sure that the wick is visible and lit properly so that it does not get blocked by falling wax.

In addition, various sizes of candles can be used in each individual holder: for tea lights use light-weight glass holders and larger candles can go in medium-sized or heavier glass containers for additional safety/security from toppling over due to heavy winds or drafts. In addition, beeswax candles can go directly onto wood holders as they do not drip wax easily like other types of standard paraffin wax version candles do and thus do not require any melting wax fillers added beforehand.


Creating candle holders from wood is an easy and rewarding project that anyone can do. This project allowed us to be creative while also utilizing the materials around us to create something beautiful. With a few simple tools, some scrap wood, and a little bit of imagination we were able to make a fun and unique piece of decor for our home! Not only is the finished product both aesthetically pleasing and sourced from sustainable materials, but it can easily be replicated with different woods or stains for endless possibilities. Making candle holders from wood is an inexpensive way to add some rustic charm to any room or outdoor area. With a little setup you could also try making larger pieces such as shelves, tables, or other furniture by expanding on this same method of construction.

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