Use up your wood scraps with these easy wood candle holders made to look like houses.
Listen up all you candle lovers out there. Do you ever get tired of using the same candle holders on your dining table? Why not divert from all of the traditional options for lights and get a little creative with this unique wood candlesticks display.
These wooden candle holder houses are an easy way to tie home decor and practical lighting together. Why go the traditional route when you can be innovative and imaginative?
Why You Will Love This
- Perfect for using up all of your unfinished wood scraps
- Wooden candle holders are timeless - see this imitation sugar mold DIY here
- Provides an easy transition from Christmas to winter decor
Supplies for Wooden Candle Holders
- Miter saw
- Drill bit 1"
- Any scraps of natural wood (I used 4 x 4s, 2 x 4s and 2 x 6s)
- Paint or stain
- Clear finishing coat if painting
- Copper pipe ¾"
- Metal cutters (mini tube cutter)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Paint brush
How to Make Wooden Candlestick Holder Houses
These cute DIY rustic candle holders are fairly easy to make and not very time consuming.
Cut Your Wood to Random Lengths
First up, gather your various scrap pieces for this wood candle holder set. I collected a variety of 4 x 4s, 2 x 4s and 2 x 6s.
Cut them down to random lengths into small blocks. These will be your base houses. My tallest is 10" and my smallest is 5".
Drill Your Chimney Holes
Next, use your 1 inch drill bit to drill a circular hole into the wood. This will be for the copper pipe to sit inside as your chimney. Keep aesthetics in mind when you make your hole for chimney placement.
Make sure to drill your chimney hole before cutting the angled roof top. I found that drilling first is easier because if you drill after you cut at an angle, your hole might also be at an angle.
Drill down far enough so that once the wood is cut at an angle there is still a hole.
Where you want to drill is personal preference. You can drill in different places. Some of mine are right in the middle and some are on either side.
Cut Your Rooftops
Once all of your holes are drilled you will want to cut down your wooden block to make an angled roof.
Mark the center of each block and then how far down you want the roof line. Cut from there. Make sure to not cut the sides off of the hole.
If you want your houses to all have a similar roofline then you will need to be careful when measuring and cutting. I wanted all of mine to look different and so all of the measurements are slightly different angles.
Sand Your Wood Houses
Once the houses are cut and drilled, use 150 grit sandpaper to lightly smooth them out and get ready to paint (or stain if you love the wood grain). After you sand make sure to use a cloth to wipe off or a vacuum for all of the dust particles.
Paint or Stain Your Wooden Candlestick Holder Houses
Some prefer to see the natural beauty of the wood. If that is your preference, you can stain your houses. I used acrylic paint to paint them in neutral colors. You can customize these with any color or make them all different for a whole village of houses.
Add Copper Piping
Next, you will use a mini tube cutter to cut your ¾" copper piping to make the chimneys. Cut your copper pieces down to a few inches (2-4) in length. The length will depend on how deep your hole is. This is what the candle will sit in.
The copper pipe will be smaller than the 1" hole. Use hot glue on the bottom of the copper pipe to create a tight fit .
Now that the copper piping is glued into the hole you can add the candles. I found these candles work the best. They are a shorter candle, but it seems to be a better proportion for the houses.
How to Style Your Candle Holders
There are so many fun ways to use these wooden candlestick holder houses, regardless of the season!
- Use them as the perfect centerpiece in your dining room for your holiday dinner
- Place on a table for decor at a special event
- Put on your fireplace mantel for fun winter decorating
- Use as decorations on an end table in your living room
- Style them as a whole Christmas or winter village in your entryway
Creating these candle holder wood houses is an easy DIY you can customize to your preferences. You can also use these as you transition your house from homey Christmas to winter decor.
Catch more of my neutral dining room here!
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