These DIY Birch Candlesticks are the ultimate easy and inexpensive farmhouse decor! These rustic candlesticks make a beautiful holiday, party or wedding centerpiece!
I love repurposing items that might be discarded and giving them new life! 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 a beautiful, rustic decor that would look great in any home!
With the holidays just around the corner I know we are all looking for ways to make this year’s family gatherings special. 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 Needed for DIY Birch Candlesticks
- Trunk or Tree limbs: consider a mixture of various widths to create an organic look
- Measuring Tape
- Drill and 1 1/2 inch Bit
- Axe or Lopping Shears
- Tea light candles
How do you make Branch Candlesticks?
This process so 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 and consider using various widths like I did to create a natural look.
- Choose your height and make your cut. Carefully cut the candlesticks to your desired height. Be careful not to damage the bark as you work.
- 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 Candlesticks
- 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.
- Use a mix of varying sizes, or even a mix of different kinds of branches to create a really interesting centerpiece.
- 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:
DIY Birch Candlesticks
- Tree trunk or limbs
- Tea light candles
- Axe or Lopping Shears
- Measuring tape
- 1 1/2 inch bit/spade (linked in post)
- Select the limbs or trunk that you think will be easy to work with and make the best group of candle holders.
- I used a table saw to create the individual pieces. Select your height of each candlestick and progress slowly. (see notes on sizes I used) Be careful as you work not to damage the bark.
- Next, choose the location where the tealight candle should go. Due to the bark being so fragile I secured the candle holders to a piece of scrap lumber to assist in locating the holes, a vice could be used to assist in the process.
- With the candle holders secured we are ready to drill the hole for the tea light candle. In the center of each candlestick drill 3/4 inch into the wood. This depth will make the tea light candles flush with the candlholder.
- Once you have finished this process remove the candle holders from the scrap lumber.
- At this point you can sand the cut side of the candle holders or finish with linseed oil (optional)
- Lastly, add the candles and enjoy!
My candles were 6", 5", 4" and 3" but feel free to play around with the measurements and create a look that fits your space.
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