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In this post: Using reclaimed 4″ x 4″s, these woodblock tea light holders are simple and easy to make! Plus they go with the rustic industrial farmhouse look!
These wood block tea light holders have been on my to do list forever. Okay not forever. But for a long time. Because it required a saw and a drill with a rather large hole saw – and this girl is too clumsy for such tools – I had to wait until Dean could do that part for me. You’re already way ahead of me if you can do it yourself!
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DIY Wood Block Tea Light Holders
- 4″ x 4″ wood (We used wood from pallets, but you could buy new if necessary. The length would depend on how many candle holders you want to make.)
- tea lights
- measuring tape
- 1 5/16″ hole saw (drill bit attachment)
- black craft paint
- stencils with words, or typography, etc.
- 3 foam brushes
- dark walnut stain (oil-based)
- sun bleached stain (oil-based)
- old rag
- drop cloth (optional)
- gloves (optional)
Cutting & Drilling Instructions – For Single Tea Light Holder
- Cut 4″ x 4″ wood to 4″ long. Repeat for as many tea light holders as you’d like to make. (We made four.)
- On one side of 4″ cube, mark the center point.
- Align hole saw on mark and drill 1 5/16″ hole to 1/2″ depth. This creates the space for the tea light.
- Sand any rough edges.
Instructions – For 5 Tea Light Holder
- Cut 4″ x 4″ wood to 24″ long.
- Choose a side for the tea lights. Starting at the left add a pencil mark in the center of the wood at 2.5 inches, 7.5 inches, 12 inches, 16.5 inches and 21.5 inches.
- Align hole saw on marks and drill 1 5/16″ holes to 1/2″ depth. This creates the space for the tea lights.
- Sand any rough edges.
1. Using foam brush and stencil, apply a small amount of craft paint. Place stencils randomly to make it look like the wood is from pallets, etc. Let dry thoroughly.
2. Using another foam brush, apply sun bleached stain to all surfaces of tea light holders. Let sit for a few minutes and wipe off excess with an old rag.
For a step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood, check out this post.
3. Using another foam brush, apply dark walnut stain to all surfaces of tea light holders. Let sit for a few minutes and wipe off excess with and old rag. Let dry completely.
Now just place your tea lights in your new tea light holders and enjoy!