Rustic Candle Holder Tutorial

Can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving?  I am convinced that the older I get the faster time seems to fly!

While this is not a Thanksgiving project I can't seem to shake the vision of it adding to the table feast decor.
MyLove2Create, Rustic Candle Holder
I had the idea to make this for almost a year now, but the problem was I couldn't find anything that would work for the metal legs I wanted.  Nothing.

I finally gave in and made it anyway, and created some faux metal legs, they aren't my fave, or what I was envisioning, but they will work for now!
MyLove2Create, Rustic Candle Holder
Do you remember this wood?  I used it when I turned an end table into a desk and on my Reclaimed Wood Table.  It is wood from old benches around my town and some of them were not square, which is where the inspiration come from.  I loved the shape.  So I cut it to a nice long length, just over 38 inches, and I tapered the ends at a 10 degree bevel to match.
MyLove2Create, Rustic Candle Holder
Next, I got my candles that I purchased at the dollar store, and laid them out to where I thought they looked good, and traced around them so I knew where to drill.  Then I found a drill bit that was the same width as the candle.
MyLove2Create, Rustic Candle Holder
Using the candle as a guide, I taped off the drill bit so I knew how deep to drill.  It is amazing how much sawdust this creates!
MyLove2Create, Rustic Candle Holder
I used these little candlesticks I got at Hobby Lobby, with a 40% off coupon.  I spray painted them with Oil Rubbed bronze, to give it the metallic look.  Then I pre drilled holes into each candlestick.
MyLove2Create, Rustic Candle Holder
I also predrilled holes into the wood piece on each side.  Then I just screwed them together.  I could have easily just glued them together, but I wanted to be able to take it apart, just incase the perfect legs appear someday!  I guess I should also note that I did do a coat of laquer after I drilled the holes and sanded it down.  It gives it more of a finished look.
MyLove2Create, Rustic Candle Holder
At this point I thought I was done, but since it wasn't quite as sturdy as I wanted it, you know just in case I decide to actually light the candles, I don't want it tipping over and burning the house down. :)  I am thinking electric ones might be the way to go anyway... I decided to add some wooden bases that I also spray painted.  They were at Hobby Lobby for only 79 cents each.
MyLove2Create, Rustic Candle Holder
Much better, it is nice and sturdy now!  I actually just hot glued the legs to the round bases. You can see I also drilled a hole in the middle for another leg, but it didn't look good with three legs, so I just left it with two.
MyLove2Create, Rustic Candle Holder
I can't wait for Thanksgiving it will totally boost the cozy feel at the table!  Do you like to use candles at the table?

Hugs!
Mindi

I will be linking to these parties.

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18 comments

  1. I love it, very pretty!
    Marie @ Fort Ledbetter

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  2. Your candle stand is beautiful! I love the rustic look of it but the legs make it also seem elegant. It will look fantastic on your table.

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  3. What a great candle stand! I love the rustic wood. Thanks for your sweet comments and for linking up this and your cute picture frame to What We Accomplished Wednesday!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  4. I LOVE this! It's rustic chic at it's best :) Looks great on your mantle to!

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  5. Your rustic candle holder turned out great Mindi! great tutorial.
    I love candles of all kinds. :)

    gail

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  6. Very nice, Mindi!! It looks so expensive too!

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  7. MINDI!!!! You are crazy friend! Those legs are perfect for this beautiful piece!!! Holy cow is this rock star!! I love the rustic charm of it!!!! Oh my goodness is it gorgeous! Your vision came to light perfectly! Awesome friend!!!! Happy Thursday to ya!! Nicole

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  8. Awesome job Mindi! I love the rustic wood piece and how it contrasts with the more delicate shape of the candlesticks. So creative!!

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  9. my favorite part is that it's raised up. great job.

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  10. I love your candle holder! It is so pretty. I love that you raised it up and can add things like the leaves below it...looks really neat.
    KC

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  11. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Thanks for sharing. Pinning. Linda

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  12. Mindi, this is so beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend - pinning and sharing! Hope you have a happy Saturday!

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  13. Wow, gorgeous! I love that it's on stands! Pinning, and thanks so much for sharing at my link party!

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  14. I love this! So pretty. Thanks so much for linking up to The DIY'ers!

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  15. This is so neat! Thank you for sharing on Twirl & Take a Bow. Hope to see you again this week!

    ~ Brooke ~

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  16. I have something similar given to me for Christmas a year or two ago. I love it! So neat to see how you put yours together. Thanks for sharing at Gingerly Made's Show & Tell.

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  17. Lovely project. It looks so nice on your mantel. Thanks for linking this up at Think Tank Thursday. I featured you today. http://saving4six.com/2013/11/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-57.html

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