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Wooden Candle Holders

I love these wooden candle holders for the fall season. Use them on your Thanksgiving table to create that perfect autumn vibe.

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I’m finally sharing my wooden candle holder DIY project! I’m SO excited because I LOVE how these candle holders turned out! It was very easy to make, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my husband and his power tools. If you have access to some tools, you should definitely consider making these! 

Wooden candle holders

Materials Needed to Make your own Wooden Candle Holder:

Birch tree log (we just cut one down from our family’s acreage!)

Mitre Saw

Drill Press

Sand paper or an Oscillating Sander

Clear Sealer (we used this one)

The length of your log depends on how many wooden candle holders you want to make

The first step was finding a log. I wanted one that was about 3 inches in diameter. Ours is pictured above with the dogs (they wanted to help too!).

The next step was to cut the wooden candle holders to size. I chose to make mine about 5 inches tall, but you can really use any height you want! We used a mitre saw for this.

At this point you may want to let the wood dry out. That is, if you cut down a live tree log.

Using a miter saw to cut the log into individual wooden candle holders

Next we had to mark the centre on the top of the 5″ pieces we had cut. Using the drill press,  we my husband drilled down about half way (2.5″).

Mark the top of your log for the drill press
Use a drill press to cut halfway through the top of each log of the wooden candle holders

This is what we were left with after drilling! The insides were a bit rough!
To clean them up we sanded the tops and bottoms a bit, and then used the oscillating sander to sand the insides. Rolled up sand paper sheets would also work well!

Finally, we added a clear acrylic sealer to the outside to give it some shine, and prevent it from rotting :)

the log with a hole for the candle

Below is our finished wooden candle holder after sanding and clear coating! I’m so happy with how they turned out! They are unique pieces that literally cost me NOTHING because we had all the tools already, and the log was from mother nature :)

Each piece shows off its own unique knots and twists in the bark.

A side view of the finished wooden candle holders
Completed wooden candle holders

Since I couldn’t wait to show the wooden candle holders off, I used them immediately for our thanksgiving table decor!

Thanksgiving table decorated with the wooden candle holders
A top view of the wooden candle holder
Thanksgiving table with the wooden candle holder
Wooden Candle Holders

Wooden Candle Holders

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Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

I love these wooden candle holders for the fall season. Use them on your Thanksgiving table to create that perfect autumn vibe.


  • Birch Tree Log
  • Sand paper
  • Clear sealer


  • Miter saw
  • Drill Press
  • Oscillating sander


  1. Cut the log to desired size for the wooden candle holders
  2. Ensure the interior of the wood is completely dry
  3. Mark the center for the drill press
  4. Drill press the desired depth into the log
  5. Sand the interior of the wooden candle holder
  6. Add clear coat to protect the wooden candle holders

As always, please leave your questions and comments below :)
And thank you to my wonderful husband who helped my project come to life! Hope you like it as much as I love it!

For more wooden DIY projects, check out my wooden napkin rings and rustic birch wood frame.

Eric Johnson

Tuesday 13th of October 2015

Wow, looks incredible. So cute and very useful. I really love somethings made from natural material. I will probably make a number of them for my relatives as gifts. Thanks for sharing great works!

bryan flake

Friday 7th of August 2015

That log wood candle holder is super rustic looking. I can see that working well in a log cabin home. As a kid that grew up on the farm in the country, I think these log candle holders are really cool looking. Would the holder get hot enough from the candle melting? It would be horrible to have the holder burn.


Friday 7th of August 2015

Hey! Thanks for the comments Bryan! We've burned candles in them a few times and we've never had any trouble with them getting warm :)

Gus Chiggins

Wednesday 8th of July 2015

I love the natural look of these wooden candle holders. These would look great in a cabin or at an event. I need to show my brother these, he would be interested in making some. He makes various household items out of wood sometimes.

Phillius Thomas

Monday 8th of June 2015

I really like the look of the natural log. I would love to have a house themed in such a way that these would look even better. Maybe it is time to redecorate.


Monday 8th of June 2015

I agree! I LOVE natural decor in my home :)

Delores Lyon

Thursday 26th of March 2015

I absolutely love the look of those wooden candle holders! They would be perfect for a low key wedding reception or party outdoors. Plus, the fact that they are made out of wood makes them a pretty cheap option!

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