DIY Candle Log

There was some landscaping done recently on the property and we were able to rescue some thin birch trees of various lengths from the fire pit pile. I’ve seen these types of candle holders on Pinterest but I haven’t wanted to cut down the birch just for the sake of a candle holder. When they were getting cut down anyway I took the opportunity to claim some.

This candle log took about 30 minutes to make. I found the candles at a clearance sale for $.49 for six of them. We used a borrowed drill bit, as we didn’t have the right size here at the house, but more of that below.

Right now the candle log is sitting on our coffee table, but in scoping out our house I realized it would also look good on top of the gas fireplace, the dining room table, or the outdoor picnic table. It might just get moved around.

What you’ll need to make this candle log:

Any size Birch Log, wiped down and clean. Take into consideration, where you would like to keep the finished log, how flat the log naturally is, how well it sits on a surface, and any large knots or branches it might have in it-if you want knots and branches or not.

Tealight candles. I like the ones with metal casings, as I can take the metal off, recycle it and simply set the candle in a hole in the log.

Drill and wood bit (the kind that makes circles)-I used a 1 1/2′ wood bit, but you’ll need to measure your tealight candles before hand to decide what size bit you’ll need.

Optional, Clear Craft Sealant- I like Waverly Matte Varnish for sealing crafts from Walmart

Waverly Inspirations Matte Chalk Finish Acrylic Paint by Plaid, Elephant, 8 oz.

Optional: Table saw for leveling the bottom of the log

What To Do:

1. Consider the bottom of the log-does it need to be leveled? If so, use a table saw or planer and take off only what you need to make it steady.

If you notice on the bottom of this log, it actually bows up. On the bottom left of the picture you can see it’s squared to the table. Jeremy cut both bottom ends of the log simply to level it, without losing the arch shape.

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2. Decide where you would like the candles to be placed. I didn’t measure, I just eye-balled it. Make a mark where you’d like each candle to be placed.

3. After you’ve double checked the drill bit size against the candle size, you can drill each hole, double checking the size by placing a tealight in the hole and making sure it fits.

4. After each hole is drilled, brush or blow the sawdust from the log.

5. Optional, coat the cut portions of the log (drilled holes and cut ends) with sealant, let dry.

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I can’t wait to use these for Christmas decorating!

I’d love to know your latest DIY project-pics included. Please share in the comments!

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