Rustic Wood Candle Holders – 2 Ways

I’m excited to share my rustic wood candle holders but first I want to thank you all for the tremendous response to my post on Monday about my daughter’s car accident. We read every comment and email and were blown away by all of the prayers and good wishes you sent our way. You all really lifted me up this week and I can’t tell you how grateful I am. Truly.

Ok, so it’s back to DIY, because I have to keep busy when I’m stressed out. You can usually tell my level of stress by the number of projects I’m working on, currently it’s 3. I know, you would think that doing a lot of projects would be more stressful but it actually takes my mind off of whatever is stressing me out. Does that make sense?

One of the 3 projects I worked on is an easy and inexpensive one, and I love how it turned out…these rustic wood candle holders.

These rustic wood candleholders are an easy DIY. They are made from a birch log and can hold a tea light and a taper candle. |

I bought a birch log right before Christmas so we could make a few candle holders for our holiday table. Unfortunately we ran out of time after only making a couple, so a few weeks ago we braved the cold and whipped out a few more so I would have a set to use with my winter decor.

These rustic wood candleholders are an easy DIY. They are made from a birch log and hold a tea light and a taper candle. | chatfieldcourt.comYou may have seen these around, they’re pretty popular right now, but they’re usually made to fit tea lights. I wanted to use them on our dinner table with my beeswax tapers so I decided to change them up a little. I made them to fit 2 different sized candles, tea lights and tapers. Now they’re multifunctional. ๐Ÿ˜‰

These rustic wood candleholders are an easy DIY. Made from a birch log, they can hold a tea light and a taper candle. |

After I cut the birch log into different lengths with the chop saw, we used a hole saw for a tea light and then a butterfly drill bit to make a deeper hole to fit a taper.

These rustic wood candleholders are an easy DIY. Made from a birch log, they can hold a taper candle and a tea light. |

It only took a few minutes to make the holes and in no time we had a set of dual purpose candle holders. The wood was pretty wet when I cut it so I placed them on the dryer in our basement. After a few days on the warm dryer, they had dried nicely.

These rustic wood candleholders, made from birch, are an easy DIY and they can hold a taper candle and a tea light. |

I love the rustic-ness, the moss and chippy bark. Mother Nature certainly knows what she’s doing.

These rustic wood candleholders, made from birch, are an easy DIY and they can hold a taper and a tea light. |

There’s nothing formal about our table settings and the wood candle holders fit right in with our relaxed style.

These rustic wood candleholders were an easy DIY project. They are made from birch and can hold a taper and a tea light. |

I just added my flower filled striped pitcher, that I got in the Target Dollar Spot, and my yummy chocolate chip banana bread (you can find my easy here), and our dessert table was all set.

These rustic wood candleholders are an easy DIY. They're made from birch and can hold a taper and a tea light. |

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you all have a great weekend.

If you’re looking for more easy DIY’s, check out these projects.

A DIY rustic nightstand makeover using paint sticks, stain and wood glue. | chatfieldcourt.comDIY Rustic Nightstand Makeover

How to add a rustic, barn wood shelf to your kitchen. A great way to add extra storage to your space. | chatfieldcourt.comRustic Kitchen Shelf



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  1. Phyllis Cooke
    Friday,January 22, 2016 / 6:49 am

    I love the candle holders. They are absolutely beautiful. Phyllis

    • Kristi
      Friday,January 22, 2016 / 11:30 pm

      Thanks so much Phyllis, I appreciate it. Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Nancy
    Friday,January 22, 2016 / 7:53 am

    I have always loved birch candle holders, but never purchased one because they’re pretty pricey in the store. I love yours and the way you’ve styled them with the striped pitcher is divine. Love this look, Kristi. And how clever to make them to fit both tea lights and tapers. Brilliant! Hugs, Nancy

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 23, 2016 / 3:45 am

      Thanks Nancy, you are always so sweet to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ I looked at them too and when I saw these logs for $6 in my local nursery, I knew I could get several holders and make them exactly the way I wanted. Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Jessica [Havok]
    Friday,January 22, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Times like these I wish we had power tools! Absolutely love that you made these so that they can fit both kinds of candles! I would have never through of that- either settled for one, or tried to make some one way, and some the other (which, really, is silly, ha!).
    Also glad to hear that everyone is doing well. Hope that your daughter can get the vehicle situation worked out soon!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 23, 2016 / 3:48 am

      You should start a power tool collection. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You are artistic and could make some awesome things with a few basic tools.

      The car situation is a bummer, I knew it would be, but it will get worked out. It always does. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy weekend!

  4. Julie
    Friday,January 22, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    I was thinking maybe make a different size hole in each end of the log…then both sizes of candles would have a custom fit.

    • Kristi
      Friday,January 22, 2016 / 11:27 pm

      Actually Julie, both sizes of the candles do have a custom fit. Neither hole interferes with the other but you definitely could do one on each end. Thanks so much for stopping in. Have a great weekend.

  5. Carol
    Friday,January 22, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    What a great idea. I liked the tapers better, but it’s nice to ahve a choice.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 23, 2016 / 4:11 am

      Thanks so much! It’s always nice to have choices. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great weekend!

  6. Kim
    Saturday,January 23, 2016 / 11:33 am

    I’m all about options and these are great! Wow and what a bargain for the log…$6? You are the DIY queen!! Glad that your daughter, her boyfriend and pups are all ok. Phew!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,January 24, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      I just wish that all of my projects were so thrifty, you can’t beat $6. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping in to visit.

  7. Jessica
    Monday,January 25, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    I have always loved Birch trees and those tea lights look awesome in those gorgeous holders! Rustic and classy! Love, love, love!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 2:18 am

      So glad you liked them Jessica! Thanks so much for stopping in.

  8. Monday,January 25, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Anything with Birch melts my heart. You did a beautiful job. Happily pinned!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 2:20 am

      Thanks Meegan, I appreciate your visit and the pin! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. blindman03
    Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 8:14 am

    Kristi, over time I have made many of these, to make them last longer I put clear gloss polyurethane on them. You can also drill smaller holes and put in imitation flowers. They sell well at craft shows. Keep up the good work it looks great.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 11:38 pm

      Thanks so much for the poly tip and the flower idea! I’ll have to try both.

  10. Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    What a great project, I’m going to have look through our wood pile for possible candlesticks. Your’s look so beautiful in your home. Wonderful post and I love your blog!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 27, 2016 / 1:57 am

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, it totally made my night. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wednesday,January 27, 2016 / 12:04 am

    Your birch candleholders look terrific! My hubby made a bunch for me but we never thought to make one end to use for taper candles. He did make one end to fit votives and the other for tealights so that helps. Would love to sit down at your table to enjoy the birch candleholders and a piece of that loaf!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 27, 2016 / 2:05 am

      Come on over Lori, we’ll have tea and some of my yummy banana bread by birch candlelight. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping in.

  12. Wednesday,January 27, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    So glad M and bf are doing well Krisit! You are indeed all blessed! The car issue will resolve itself in due time.
    That DIY is fabulous, I have actual ones from PB but not as great as the ones you did! WOW!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 28, 2016 / 4:59 am

      Thank you Vel for your kind words about my daughter’s accident and for the candle holder love. I’m so happy with the way they turned out and enjoy using them every day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Monday,February 1, 2016 / 6:03 pm

      Thanks so much Deb, I appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Lauri
    Friday,February 26, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    I’d just be concerned that if the taper burned down too far, it might catch the wood on fire.

    • Kristi
      Friday,February 26, 2016 / 11:51 pm

      Thanks for your concern Lauri but I don’t ever leave my candles unsupervised and I would never let it burn down so low that it is too close to the wood.

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