We saw some pillar candle holders made out of logs at a local restaurant recently, and Evan and I simultaneously said, “I can make that.” So we gave it a try! It ended up being such a fun little project.
First, we grabbed some firewood:
We cut them down to size using a miter saw. I wanted to make three pillar candle holders at different heights, so we staggered the size on each.
Then, using a drill and a 1 1/2″ drill bit, we cut tealight-sized holes into the tops of each candle holder.
Afterward, we sanded them really well using 220-grit sandpaper and a random orbital sander. These logs are rather crude wood and have a ton of splinters, so it was important to sand them as smoothly as possible.
They’re coming together!
I chose to stain these candle holders a dark brown with Rustoleum’s “Kona” wood stain in a semi-gloss finish.
After staining them, I applied one coat of polyurethane in a semi-gloss finish to seal the candle holders and add some shine.
Even though we sanded these logs really well, I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t scratch any furniture. Therefore, I decided to adhere felt to the bottom of the candle holders. I used super glue in order to attach the felt.
Then, I cut out the felt to fit the base of each candle holder.
Aren’t they beautiful? Who knew that you can make something elegant out of firewood.
I plan on making a bunch of these for our friends and family for holiday gifts. I think they’d look great with all different shades of stain, as well.
Hope you love them as much as we do!
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