- 1 Board , 4x4 , 72"
Hardware & Supplies
- 22 1 1/2" Candles
- 1 Pre-Stain
- 1 Briarsmoke Stain
Step 1 - Trim 4x4 Board to 2 1/2"x2
The actual size of 4x4 is 3 1/2"x3 1/2". This is too large for these types of candles. So we need to reduce the actual size to 2 ½” x 2 ½”. Take a 4x4 board, and trim 1/2 an inch on all four sides using a table saw. You could just trim 1" from two sides to get the job done quicker, but then you'll have one rounded corner and three sharp corners. So that's why I trimmed all four sides. I didn't have a full 6-foot long board but I had smaller 4x4 scrap pieces laying around from my previous projects. And it works just as good.
Step 2 - Cut Candle Block Pieces
Then with a miter saw, cut the 2 ½” x 2 ½” board into small blocks ranging from 2” to 6” long. I didn't provide lengths for these blocks, because these are totally random and you could cut any length that you'd like. You would need 21 of these blocks.
Step 3 - Drill 1 1/2" Holes for Can
Once all 21 blocks are cut, use a ruler or a square and draw a line from one corner to the next. Then draw another line from the other two corners creating an X on the top of the block. The center of the X is the exact middle where you need to drill the hole for the candle. Drill a ½” deep hole using 1 ½” full thread tip drill bit.
Step 4 - Sand the Wood Candle Block
Now using a random orbital sander, sand any rough edges.
Step 5 -Stain and Paint Candle Hold
For this step, you could stain or paint any color you want. I used Briarsmoke stain and white paint. First, apply a coat of pre-stain, then Briarsmoke stain and wipe it off with a shop paper towel. Then lightly brush white paint over the stain to make a whitewash effect. You could arrange these wood candle blocks any way you'd like. You're done with the DIY Wood Candle Holder!