Today I’ve got a quick and easy DIY on how to make a set of tree stump candle holders for the Holidays. As long as you’re handy and you have the tools (at minimum a handsaw, drill, and 1 1/2″ wood boring drill bit), this project is a cinch and doesn’t take a whole lot of time.
This stack of wood has been sitting on my front porch for the past two years – since the infamous LA windstorm of 2011. We lost two white birch trees during the storm, and when my landscaper came to haul off the fallen trees, I instead instructed him to chop up the tree into logs. I’m all about reusing and repurposing, but I didn’t know what I was going to do with the logs at the time, so I kept them until I could figure out what to make with them. Well today was that day. As I was putting up my Christmas decorations, I realized that I was in need of some candles in my breakfast room to offset my very bare and lonely Saarinen table. I needed something to warm up the space, and candles are the best way to set the mood for holiday entertaining, so that’s what I decided I was going to put into the space. As I peered outside my window, I caught eye of the stack of wood and a lightbulb immediately went off in my head. Finally something to make out of the white birch logs – I was going to make a set of tree stump candle holders!
I quickly set out to gather the supplies needed:
- 1 1/2″ wood boring drill bit (purchased for $6.59 at the local hardware store)
- hand saw (I used a miter saw because it is a lot faster, but a hand saw would work just fine. The only drawback is that it will take you a bit longer and your arms will be a bit tired!)
- tea light candles
- boxwood wreath – I picked up mine at Trader Joe’s for $9.99 but you can also use evergreens or even leftover branches from the bottom of the Christmas tree
First I selected logs from the stack that had a diameter of at least 4″, then I cleaned each log with a slightly damp cloth to lift the dirt and dust.
I then sawed off any protruding branches with a jig saw (but you can also use a handsaw)
Next, I sliced the ends off the logs with the miter saw for a nice, clean cut, making sure that each cut was perpendicular to the length of the log so that it wouldn’t lean when standing upright.
I then cut the logs at a length of about 3″, 5″,7″, and 9″, so that when standing upright, they would be varying heights, making for a more interesting candle arrangement.
Next it was time to pull out the drill and the 1 1/2″ wood boring drill.
I drilled each hole to a depth of approximately 1/2″ (I slipped the tea light in to make sure that the top edge of the tea light was flush with the surface of the stump.
When I was done with cutting and drilling, I brought the tree stump candle holders into the house and arranged them in and around a boxwood wreath that I had actually purchased for another project, but just so happened to work.
And voilà – an insta-arrangement for my breakfast table, all done in about 45 minutes! You can easily garnish the edges with some holly, cinnamon sticks, or a little bit of sparkle, but I decided to keep things simple.
While cutting off the ends, another brilliant idea came to mind with what to do with the leftover pieces. Stay tuned to see what I did with those pieces in my next post.