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How to make elegant rustic wooden candle holders


How to make elegant rustic wooden candle holders

Are you looking for a hint of country charm in your big day?  Would you like to know how to make elegant rustic wooden candle holders?  I can even show you how to gussy up the candles.

These candles and candle holders made a big impact at my daughter’s wedding reception.  If you are trying to cut costs on your budget, these candle holders will help you do that.

Make sure the venue you choose will let you burn candles.

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The candle holders can be displayed on the serving tables, individual tables, or on the cake tables.

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They can be used as the centerpieces instead of flowers to cut costs, or use them in conjunction with a few large blooming flowers such as hydrangeas.

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The good thing about these candle holders is that they can be used at home later or gift them to someone.

So, let’s get on with how to make elegant rustic wooden candle holders and how to decorate the candles.

You can make them in all different heights.  Get 4”x 4” cuts of wood.  I used knotty pine faux wood from Lowes. 


For the centerpieces, cut them 6” tall.  You can use a chop saw or a table saw to cut them.    This is a good chop saw.  The number you need depends on how many tables you have and where all you are going to display them.

For different levels, place 3 of them together.  The cuts for these are 6”, 8”, and 10”.


Sand the edges of the wood with a sander. 


Paint all sides, top, and bottom with a dark brown paint.  Let it dry overnight.

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You will apply (paint it on) crackle medium.  I have had great results.  The more you apply, the deeper the crackle.  Let it dry.

After that,

Apply a coat of white paint.  It will crackle as it drys.  Let it dry overnight.

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they are ready to be adorned with candles.

I purchased a couple of dozen white inexpensive candles from Hobby Lobby.  They were unscented so they cost less.  

We used burlap table runners on white tablecloths.  Therefore, the burlap on the candles, tied it all together.  Use burlap ribbon or the ribbon of your choice and wrap it around the middle of the candle.  Use a touch of hot glue to hold it on tight.


Add a length of lace ribbon a tad smaller than the width of the ribbon.  Hot glue it down tight.  This is the one I used (from Hobby Lobby).



Add jute around the middle and tie a shoestring bow.



To wrap it all up, place your candles on the wooden candle holders and do a mock up display of how it will look.  I usually snap a picture at this point, so my helpers can see how I want it all set up.  Then pack it all up and check it off the list.

One last thing, was to make 4 – 4″ blocks.  Add a piece of scrapbook paper on one side.  Adorn with vinyl but on a cricut that spells out love.  Then, adjacent to that add a picture of the couple, and also a picture of each of their parents on their wedding day.

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Warning, your house will be taken over with all the DIY projects you will do to get ready for your BIG day!  But it is so rewarding.  Have fun!!!

“The LORD is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?”  Psalm 27:1


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