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DIY Candle Holder

DIY candle holder

Here comes another one of those DIY’s that is a result of me not being able to find exactly what I want in a store 🙂 Turned candle holders are hard to find, and tall turned candle holders, even harder. These little cuties are SO easy to make, I think I had them put together in about 10 minutes, then paint, sand and you’ve got yourself some new décor.

table legs of your choice (I used 15″ & 21″, linked below)
wood plaques (linked below)
wood glue
1 1/2″ wood screws
wood filler
220 grit sand paper
chalk paint in your color of choice

I made these using some short table legs from Lowe’s and a few different wood plaques from Michael’s.

I picked up a few different sizes and styles because I wasn’t sure exactly which I was going to use. I ended up going with the style on the left, which is this table leg from Lowe’s. I used the 15″ and 21″ lengths to create 2 different height candle holders. The style on the right I did really like, however, they came with pre-installed bolts (for use as actual table legs 🙂 ) and I didn’t want to deal with how to work that into the construction of the candle holder. The plaques I used for the top and bottom of the candle holder are these, from Michaels.

I used wood glue and 1 1/2″ wood screws to attach the plaques, the round plaques to the top of the table leg with 1 screw and the square plaques to the bottom with 2 screws. And you want to make sure that you attach the plaques with the decorative sides toward the table leg and the flat surfaces facing away from the leg. The wood plaques are nice and soft so I was able to drill the screws just a bit below the surface, then add a little wood filler to cover them up. Allow the wood filler to dry completely and then lightly sand to smooth out the surface.

Once the plaques were in place, I painted the candle holders with Amy Howard one-step chalk paint in Basic Black  (and I only needed 1 coat of paint, which is exciting! I don’t think I’ve ever painted bare wood and used only 1 coat!) Once the paint was dry, I went over it with a coat of clear wax, then lightly sanded the edges with 220 grit sandpaper.

That’s that! What did I tell you? So simple, right? Let me know if you make some of your own, I’d LOVE to see them 🙂

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