Chunky, rustic, candleholders

I keep seeing these chunky, rustic, candle holders that are made from tree branches everywhere.  They are in all the stores and  catalogs.  All they are is a piece of wood with a tea light candle inserted in the top.  Do you know the ones I mean?

IMG_2702These are the ones.  So simple.

Well, I love them.  I think they would be great for the fall and the holidays. They are so simple that I think they would go with just about everything.  Leave them as is or tie them with a wide ribbon, twine or raffia.  Use them in a centerpiece with apples, pears and acorns; pumpkins, gourds and bittersweet; or holly berries, pine boughs and pinecones. I’ve been wanting to make these forever so this morning that is exactly what I did.

You will need:

  • 1 tree branch about 3 inches in diameter
  •  tea-light candles
  •  saw, I used a chop saw
  • drill with a speed bore size 1 1/2 inch
  • vice

We just happened to have some really good size white birch branches in our wood pile.  I fished them out and cut each one into 3 to 4 pieces of different lengths using my hubs chop saw.  You can sand the top if you would like but it really isn’t necessary, these are rustic candleholders remember and besides, the chop saw makes a pretty smooth cut.  To drill the hole in the top you will need to put the branch into a vice to hold it tight.  If you don’t the branch will spin out of control and fly across the room and you could seriously hurt yourself or break something.  Yep, I found that out the hard way, luckily though I didn’t hurt myself,  I just left a little dent in the wall … nobody will ever know.  Ok, got it all fastened in tight?  Good because now you take the speed bore and center it on the top of the branch and start drilling.  Drill down to the depth of the tea light candle, about 1/2 inch.  You can make it flush with the top but I let mine stick out just a tad to make it easier to take out later.  Shake out all that saw dust, insert the candle and you are finished!

IMG_2699Chop saw

IMG_2698Cut to size

IMG_2700Important!!  Hold that baby down tight!

IMG_2701I need to practice holding the speed bore steady but once the candle is in place it doesn’t look so bad

 Just remember to clean up after yourself and put away all your hubs tools so he won’t give you that look when he comes home and sees everything laying out all over the place.  You want to make sure he is in a good mood so when he sees that tiny, teeny, weenie, itsy, bitsy dent in the wall he won’t get upset.  It wouldn’t hurt to make him his favorite dinner, dessert and to set the table pretty with your new rustic branch candle holders!!



4 thoughts on “Chunky, rustic, candleholders

  1. Hello Hippie Chick, making your own stuff is much cooler than store bought stuff. I saw this “stuff” called hypertufa. You can make your own rustic pots and other stuff and thought you might like it and come up with some creative uses for it in your garden or around your home, so check it out Hypertufa if you can find the time.

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