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DIY Wood Block Candleholder

Create an inexpensive wood block candleholder to match your decor and become a conversation starter at your next dinner party.

Wood block candleholder

Create an inexpensive wood block candleholder that will certainly be a conversation starter at your next dinner party.  You can customize the paint and stain colors as well as the size of candles to fit your style.

Things You Will Need

  • 4-by-4-inch wood post, 16-inch length
  • Miter saw
  • Electric sander or a sanding block 
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Drill with spade bits
  • Dropcloth or piece of cardboard
  • Painter's tape
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • Rag or old T-shirt
  • Paint and/or stain
  • Spray polyurethane
  • 6 tapered candles

    Cut the Post

  1. Using a miter saw, cut the 4-by-4-inch wood post into a 16-inch section. If you use a fence post, you will have enough to make two candleholders.
  2. Tip

    If you are not comfortable using a saw, simply ask your local hardware store to cut your post to size. Most stores will do this free of charge.

    Gather your supplies. Cut the wood post to a 16-inch length.

    Sand the Wood

  3. Lightly sand all four sides and both ends with 220-grit sandpaper until smooth. You can also use a sanding block if you do not have an electric sander.
  4. Sand the wood block.

    Measure Placement

  5. Measure 2 inches in from each end of your block and make a mark for the outer two candles. Then make a mark for the four other candles spaced approximately 2 1/4 inches apart.
  6. Tip

    Choose a 3/4-inch spade bit or one that is the same size as the base of the candle you are using.

    Measure the spacing for your candles and mark.

    Drill Holes

  7. Using your drill and spade bit, drill the first hole 1 inch into the wood block. This should be deep enough for the candle to stand up straight. Repeat this step for the remaining five holes.
  8. Drill the first hole. Measure the depth of the hole. Drill the rest of the holes for the candles.
  9. Give the top of the block another quick sanding. Also use your sandpaper to lightly sand the insides of the holes so that they will be smooth when you insert your candles.
  10. Sand the top. Sand the inside of the holes.

    Tape, Stain and Paint

  11. Using the painter's tape, tape off a design of your choice such as a geometric pattern or stripes. You can use paint or stain or a combination of both. In this case both are used to create a modern, geometric pattern.
  12. Apply the stain to the area with a paintbrush, and wipe off any excess with a rag. Let the stain dry for 24 hours.
  13. Tape to make the design you want. Apply the stain.
  14. Next, tape of the area where you plan to paint. Stuff pieces of an old T-shirt or rag into the holes so the paint will not run down into the holes.
  15. Apply two coats of paint to the wood block, sanding between each coat. Remove the tape before the second coat is completely dry for a crisp edge.
  16. When the paint is completely dry, in approximately four to six hours, spray on a coat of polyurethane to protect your candleholder.
  17. Cover holes and paint. Sand between coats. Spray on polyurethane.

Style and Use Your Candleholder

  • Insert your candles into the holes and enjoy a beautiful candlelit dinner.
  • Wood detail. Wood block candleholder.

    About the Author

    Summer Hogan, a UNC Chapel Hill graduate with a degree in journalism, is the creator and voice behind the blog Simple Stylings. With a passion for DIY projects, home design and entertaining, Summer’s goal is to help you create simple style for your home and life.