A friend of mine sent me a photo of 3 house shaped candleholders and I immediately thought, "Holiday gifts!" You could finish these in a weekend, with very minimal costs.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
(this list will give you 8 sets)
1 6' 4x4 pine board
Combination square (not absolutely necessary, but nice to have)
Band saw or jig saw
Drill press or hand drill
Forstner bit (size depends on what candles you buy)
Stain or paint (whatever you want to use to decorate your candleholders)
Fire retardent spray
Step 1: CUT THE BOARD TO SIZE
You can make these as big or as small as you like. I cut the board into 3 sizes, 4.5", 3.5", and 2.5" with the radial arm saw. This gave me 8 sets of blocks plus a bit of scrap in case I messed up.
Step 2: DRAW THE HOUSE SHAPE
Next step is to mark the house shape. For the 2 larger sizes, I marked center and then used a combination square to make 45 degree angles.
For the smaller ones, I marked the center, drew a horizontal line, them connected the center mark to the outside marks.
Step 3: CUT OUT THE HOUSE SHAPE
After I marked all the blocks, I used the band saw to cut out the house shape. Try to get as close as possible to the lines that you drew, this will save you a lot of time sanding in the next step. The smell of the pine when cutting all these really got me in the holiday spirit!