Today I’m sharing the easiest way to make a birch log candle holder. This DIY log candle holder holds tealights but you can easily make a log candle holder fit any size candle.
I made this DIY birch log candle holder from found wood in our shed. I was stacking wood to make a cozy fire in the fire pit last month when I came across this perfectly split log.
Fast forward a month…needing a little more rustic filler decor for the North House, I remembered my birch log out in the shed and got busy. I needed some home decor that I could change out the candles depending on the season. Red for holidays and winter, white for other seasons. I’d even use a burnt orange or another color for the fall.
Love homemade candle holders? I do too! You may love these fun summer Nautical Rope Candle Holders. They are perfect for pillar candles. We love tea lights for candleholders I made these cute DIY Coastal tealight candle holders as gifts for my friends.
I’ll share how easy it is to make a birch log candleholder in about 20 minutes, and that includes cleanup time!
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How To Make A Birch Log Candle Holder
Step #1- Choose your wood log.
Pick a piece of wood that has a flat bottom. Pick a log that’s been split in half or an interesting shaped log. Lay the log on a flat surface and trim or sand any areas that you want so it sits flat on a table.
Step #2 – Determine what size candle you want to use in your log candle holder.
I used 1″ red tealights for this log candle holder. You could easily use tall tapers if you were creating a log centerpiece for a table…which I think would be gorgeous by the way!
Step #3 – Cut the holes for the candles.
I used a 1″ forestner bit to cut the holes to hold my tea light candles. You could use a 1″ spade bit as well. I like this kit for a good price on a spade bit. But, I think the forestner bits cut neater.
Either way, mark where you want your candles to sit and drill small pilot holes. That way your bit won’t wander and you’ll get clean cuts. Hold the drill with your drill bit square over the split log when you are drilling to get even and flat cuts into the wood.
Choose the drill bit that best fits your candle. You can also add a little putty around your candle to help hold it in place in the log if your holes are a tad larger than your candle.
I also like to use the impact setting on my drill as it cuts the holes a lot faster.
You could easily make a branch candle holder following the same directions.
I think a long branch candle holder would be fabulously dramatic running down a long dining table, don’t you? Another awesome idea would be to make a driftwood candle holder for the beach dweller. I’d love one of those for our place in FL!
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I love simple rustic decor. This rustic DIY log candle holder is easy to make and easy on the budget. Another win-win for the North House decor!
Do you have a favorite wood that you love for DIY projects or to decorate with? If you haven’t checked it out, go and tour The North House Lodge #52 and see more of the projects throughout the photos.