Add a little rustic charm to your home with this Birch Branch Candle Holder. You can customize the length, style, and candle placement to create the perfect farmhouse look for your home!
My love for repurposing items is no secret around here! For example, these DIY Birch Candlesticks are the epitome of a trash to treasure project. You just need some discarded birch branches, tea lights and a few tools to create beautiful, rustic decor that would look great in any home!
This Birch Branch Candle Holder is no different. The method for creating this is almost identical to the candlesticks I shared last week, but by using a single branch it creates a fun and dramatic look! These easy branch candleholders are a great way to make an affordable Thanksgiving or Christmas centerpiece. These also make great decorations for outdoor parties or farmhouse style weddings!
Materials for Birch Branch Candle Holder
- Birch Branch
- Measuring Tape
- Drill and 1 1/2 inch Bit
- Axe or Lopping Shears
- Tea light candles
How do you make a DIY Branch Candle Holder?
This process is super easy. You can find detailed, step by step photos, instructions and a video below, but this is a general overview:
- Select your materials. Choose a tree trunk or limbs that fit your criteria. Look for clean sections with unique markings. Try to choose a piece that is as even as possible so you don’t have to do a lot of extra cutting to make it lay flat on your table.
- Make the holes for the candles. Using your drill and bit make the wells for the tea light candles. Sand the cut sides of the candlesticks to your desired texture and look.
Do I have to use birch branches?
No, you can certainly use any other type of wood that you prefer. The birch just provides an interesting texture and creates a really unique look.
Tips and tricks for DIY Candleholders
- Consider the place you want to use this candleholder. I have a 6 foot dining table and I went with a length of 30 inches.
- Never place a bare candle in these candlesticks. Always use a metal tea light candle.
- You can use linseed oil to help prevent cracking and to provide a more finished look. This will slightly change the look of the wood and provide it with a more “golden” color.
- Never leave a candle burning unattended, safety fist!
Other DIY Projects
You do not have to spend a lot of time or money to create fun Fall decor! I have several step by step tutorials for projects that are easy enough for beginners. These DIY Wooden Pumpkins can be made in just an afternoon with scrap wood!
You can even get creative and use different colors, or make different templates for the faces! This is a great project to get your kids involved in. It is also perfect for indoor or outdoor Fall decor! Some other projects include:
- Tree trunk or limbs
- Tea light candles
- Axe or Lopping Shears
- Measuring tape
- 1 1/2 inch bit/spade (linked in post)
- Select your section to transform into your centerpiece. The job is much easier if you can select a section that is uniformly sized.
- Once you have chosen the section for your centerpiece you will need to check it for flatness. Notice the daylight between the table top and the bottom of the trunch. The light is an indication of the lack of contact between the centerpiece and the table.
- Using a table saw set the fence to within a ¼ inch and begin working the bottom of the centerpiece through the saw. I had to feed the section through the saw from both directions due to the section having a diameter greater than the blade, move the section slowly through the saw to prevent pinching and kickback. If you aren’t comfortable with this task you can attach a thin piece of board to the bottom of the centerpiece to ensure a well balanced centerpiece.
- Select a spade bite that matches the diameter of the candle you plan to place into the centerpiece. I used a 1 ½ inch spade/paddle bit for this task.
- This centerpiece is 30 inches in length, I placed the candles on 5 inches centers.
If you bit is not creating uniform shaving you might need to sharpen the bit.
- Light your candles and enjoy!
I used the 1 ½ tea light candles but the votive candles will also work. Be sure you have a drill bit that accommodates the diameter of your candle.