How to Make a Christmas Candle Holder

Candles help create a warm and cozy ambiance, especially over the Holidays. This simple and stunning candle holder is a wonderful addition to your decor. It also makes an excellent host or hostess gift. 

Skill
Beginner
Time
Few Hours
  1. 1

    Measure and Cut the Holder Planks

  2. Steps:

  3. 1.1
    Carefully disassemble your furniture, removing drawers, loose shelves, or hardware.
  4. 1.2
    Cut at a 45° angle along the cut lines with a mitre saw
Person using a measuring tape to measure a wooden plank
Person using a mitre saw to cut wood
  1. 2

    Drill the Holes for the Candles

  2. Steps:

  3. 2.1
    On the main plank, trace the circles and the line for the candles
  4. 2.2
    Use a drill and drill bit to pre-drill a hole in the centre of every circle.
  5. 2.3
    Use a hole saw to cut out each of the circles.
Person tracing a circle using a candle as a template
Person using a hole saw and drill

Pro Tip

A jigsaw can be used as a substitute for a hole saw, just be sure to use a scroll saw blade if you are cutting an MDF plank.

  1. 3

    Sand and Paint the Candle Holder

  2. Steps:

  3. 3.1
    Sand the entire candle holder either by hand or with a sander.
  4. 3.2
    Use a paint brush or paint roller to apply primer to the holder.
Person sanding a wooden plank
Person using a roller to apply primer
  1. 4

    Assemble the Candle Holder

  2. Steps:

  3. 4.1
    Apply wood glue to all of the candle holder joints.
  4. 4.2
    Assemble the holder, then secure the planks together with nails.
Person holding a small wooden piece
Person placing two wooden pieces together
Person applying wood glue
Person using nails to secure two piece of wood together
Person assembling a diy candle holder

Pro Tip

Cover the joints in masking tape to prevent the wood glue from leaking onto your project or work surface when the pieces are pressed together. If any excess glue does leak out, you can use a damp cloth to wipe it off.

  1. 5

    Add the Final Touches

  2. Steps:

  3. 5.1
    Sand the corners of the candle holder.
  4. 5.2
    Use wood filler to fill spaces between the planks.
  5. 5.3
    For a smooth finish, sand the wood filler down as well.
Person sanding a wooden project
Person applying wood filler with a putty knife
  1. 6

    Paint It a Festive Gold

  2. Steps:

  3. 6.1
    Use gold spray paint (or any colour you prefer) to give the project a festive finish.
  4. 6.2
    When the paint is dry, set candles of various colours and heights into the holes.

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