Rustic Wood Candle Holders

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Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holder - Marty's Musings 

Today I want to share a simple project my husband whipped together for me recently. Since he’s having rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday he’s going to be out of commission as my DIY partner in crime for a while.

On a few recent Saturdays he worked tirelessly taking my every little whim and creating something wonderful.

Yes, it was a dream! Short lived though it may have been, I was a crazy woman sending him every picture and idea I had!

These simple rustic wood candle holders he made for me exemplify beauty with just a few natural elements.

Since we have our Christmas tree up in the living room we moved the window table Tim made for me into our den. Since the room is already decorated in reds I just wanted a simple grouping for the table. 

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holder - Marty's Musings

I don’t have a single tutorial pic to show you so my husband’s instructions will have to be enough!

From Tim: Perhaps the most difficult part of this very simple project is selecting and locating the preferred wood to be used. A more dramatic affect is achieved with a heavier-barked wood, like walnut. It provides a well-developed ring around each piece and gives good definition. To contrast, pine has a very thin bark, so the edge is less defined. I used walnut for this project.

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holders - Marty's Musings

Once the wood is acquired, the next step is to determine the length and number of pieces to be made. This is totally random and determined only by your preferences; some will like multiple pieces of similar height while others may prefer to stagger each piece for a single clustered arrangement. Here, I chose four different lengths.

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holders - Marty's Musings

This next step may be crucial, so give it attention. If necessary…treat your lumber for bugs BEFORE you bring it inside! Sound like a word of advice from experience? Indeed, it is! My lumber came from a wood pile and exploded with ants once cutting began.

It is important to use a water-based product since there is potential for open flame near this product (if you choose to light the candles). I used a Home Defense all-in-one product from and saturated each piece, letting it dry overnight outside.

The last step is to use a 1-3/8″ hole drill bit to remove enough wood at the center of each piece for the candle. This size bit is exactly the right size for a tealight candle. Just approximate center and drill out enough wood to match the depth of the candles you use. Ideally, you want the top of the candle right at or slightly above the level of the wood. 

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holders - Marty's Musings

That’s it! No need to seal of weatherproof. Let me say that, if you have a problem with wood and flame…don’t make this project or just don’t light the candles!

From Marty: Gotta love that husband of mine! You definitely want to choose your wood carefully, especially if you intend to actually use the candles. I only burn candles in safe containers and the rest of the ones scattered around are just for looks. I’m a wee bit freaked out by flames so if you’re like me, just use these for decoration.

I corralled the candle holders with a white wooden tray (you could use this one or paint a less expensive one like this one), added some evergreen from our Christmas tree and red berries from a bush and I was done!

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holders - Marty's Musings

Tim also added a strand of battery operated lights for the inside of the table that makes it even more festive at night.

Rustic Wood Tea Light Candle Holder - Marty's Musings

I have so many more DIY Christmas projects that are done and waiting for a few spare hours to finish up the posts. Hopefully soon, but if you want more inspiration check out my 5 minute Simple Christmas Craft, no mess Handmade Glitter Ornaments or my 2013 Christmas Home Tour.

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  1. looks fantastic, and how great to have a husband who is happy to please by being your DIY partner! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday, and hope his surgery goes well and he heals quickly!

  2. This is a fantastic project! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and tweeted to share! Have a wonderful Holiday!

  3. Love it!! So pretty!!

  4. This looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
    Congratulations, you are being featured in this week’s
    Snickerdoodle Mini Round Up!
    Have an awesome day!

  5. I am so in love with these rustic candle holders Marty! What a great way to bring a piece of nature into the house for decor. I have to add too that I am totally in love with the window table 🙂 I use old windows in house and absolutely love how that one turned out. Thank you so much for linking this up to the Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party last week; you are one of my featured picks over at Recreated Designs tomorrow. Hugs, Lisa

    • Hey, Lisa. The window table was one of my hubby’s first projects and I still love it, too! The candle holders stay out most of the year and I swap out the red for white. I just love the rustic look!

  6. I love these and I’m so inspired to make a bunch for the mantle of our ski condo!!

  7. Thanks for sharing your lovely rustic wood candles at the party. Pinned & shared.

  8. I stumbled across this post while searching a post for creative DIY Christmas crafts. Just love this idea. So simple, but eye catching. I lean to the more rustic, nature-based holiday decorating. I have share this on my FB page.

    • Hi, Barbara. I’m glad you found my wood candle holders. I love using nature in my decorating whenever I can. It’s both easy and inexpensive, two of my favorite ways to decorate! Be sure to join my community if you’re interested in more thrifty ideas! Have a great day!

  9. The home defense product.. Can you tell me what that is?

  10. Just dont burn them!! MAJOR FIRE HAZARD IF BURNED!! the lil metal cups heat up when burnig and char the wood, which after several burnings starts on fire!

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