How to Make Rustic Log Candlesticks

This year I wanted to have a woodland theme for my Christmas decor. I know making candlesticks from logs has been done before, what hasn’t, but this was the first time for me.

This tutorial for rustic log candlesticks costs virtually nothing to make, and takes about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks.

This tutorial for rustic log candlesticks costs virtually nothing to make and only takes about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks.

We have a couple of wood piles from trees that were cut down on the property. I tried to pick out the nicest looking round logs that were on the thinner side.

This tutorial for rustic log candlesticks costs virtually nothing to make and only takes about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks.

This was a team effort for my husband did a lot of the heavy work, but I know many of you ladies out there could easily pull this off.

First, he cut the logs on one side to make them square. Then I showed him how long to make each piece.  Boy was that sawdust messy!

This tutorial for rustic log candlesticks costs virtually nothing to make and only takes about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks.

I decided I would probably need about nine good size pieces for our dining room table.

This tutorial for rustic log candlesticks costs virtually nothing to make and only takes about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks.

Next we went to the basement and put each piece in a vice.

This tutorial for rustic log candlesticks costs virtually nothing to make and only takes about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks.

Using a 1-1/2-Inch Spade Drill Bit which we did buy at the hardware store, we drilled out the center, enough to fit a standard tealight.

This tutorial for rustic log candlesticks costs virtually nothing to make and only takes about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks.

I wanted the tealight to sit flush or slightly above the wood.

This tutorial for rustic log candlesticks costs virtually nothing to make and only takes about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks.

Then I arranged them down the center of the table on a burlap runner and added a few sprigs of boxwood.

This tutorial for rustic log candlesticks costs virtually nothing to make and only takes about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks.

Does it have a woodland feel? I’m not sure, but I do like the way they turned out.

This tutorial for rustic log candlesticks costs virtually nothing to make and only takes about 1 hour for nine pretty candlesticks.

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. Kathy Gelbish says:

    Now,I just need to convince Frank to help.
    So pretty…would be perfect at out Deep Creek log cabin.

    • Thanks Kathy.
      It didn’t take long and I’m sure you could convince Frank to help you out!
      Also, I agree it would look great at your cabin. Get out while the weather is still nice and gather your logs.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Patti

  2. Love this…. Bringing nature indoors is the best. I’m bringing some of our farm indoors this year for the Christmas season. The simplicity of this is fantastic..

  3. Wow…these are gorgeous!! What a cozy vibe for a holiday table! — Amy @ http://thegiftedgabber.com/

  4. Beautiful. Simple, elegant and rustic. All at the same time.

  5. What you did takes me back to my childhood , where I grew up and LOVE… This is perfect for gifts for my siblings . and my kids they all Love that Rustic look. So glad to find this MERRY CHRISTMAS

    • Hi Kim,

      So glad you like it. Even though my husband helped with them, I really think I could have done this myself. The hardest part was finding the right size logs and enough that weren’t rotted. I know your family is going to love them too. Merry Christmas!
      Patti

  6. Very nice, love the rustic look. I’ve often wondered how the hole for the tea light is made. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love these! I don’t know if I could make them as nice as you did but I would love to do something like this next year. Pinned.

  8. Hi, Patti,
    What a lovely project. I love the rustic look on your dinning table. You can do so much with these log candlesticks. Great project and I would love it if you would share at a link party I am co-hosting. I hope to see you there. http://diy180site.blogspot.com/2016/10/dishing-it-and-digging-it-link-party-119.html

  9. Gorgeous DIY! Love those red glass bowls that really add a special touch. thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday really enjoying your contributions which are unique and beautiful!

  10. You did a great job you two! I just made mine a couple of weekends ago and just adore them. I can see them in so many vignettes!

  11. These are so pretty! They would be great in birch too!! I will be on the lookout for some mini logs now!

    What did you use to make the photo collage of your last picture? I really like the lay out of it!

    Have a great day!

    -Jaclyn

    • Hi Jaclyn,

      I’m so glad you like the log candlesticks. I agree that they would look great make out of birch too. I used picmonkey.com to make the collage. Thanks for stopping by,
      Patti

  12. Pinning this one! I’m all about natural rustic decorations. Thank you so much!
    Visiting from the Wednesday link-up.
    Best,
    Bibi

    https://simplesummit.blogspot.com/2016/10/little-house-in-pumpkin.html

    • Hi Bibi,

      I’m so glad you liked it. I am a big fan of all things rustic and natural too.
      Have a great weekend and thanks for your kind comment (and the pin!)
      Patti

  13. I love this project and your gorgeous tablescape. Garden Matter is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites to visit! Pinned and sharing! Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week. Hope you will join us again on Sunday at 12 EST.

  14. Oh wow, I think I could do that! And it would be free! Yay!

    Gorgeous! Dropping by from I Should Be Mopping!

  15. Those are beautiful!! Living in the mountains, they would be easy for me to make. 🙂

  16. I love this, what a great tutorial too. I wish I had the tools to make this.
    Thanks so much for sharing this with Turn It Up Tuesday. It is featured as my favourite for this week’s party.

  17. You guys both did a great job on these! I love them and think they’d be great for Thanksgiving too…
    Wish I had branches….but the tree guy took them all away…and I guess I’m not so good with power tools….
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

  18. Absolutely love your creativity and this project!! So happy you shared it with #OMHGWW, and glad to have you as my feature this week! http://fromevijawithlove.com/2016/11/02/nightmare-walls-wonderful-wednesday/

  19. These are beautiful! Pinned and shared.

  20. Well this may have been done before but I have never seen it. Simply gorgeous! Had to pin it and will be sharing. Thanks for joining our party~

  21. This is so pretty, using what nature has provided. I love the holders on the burlap runner. It all just looks awesome!

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