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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
Measuring tape
Pencil
Ruler
Combination square (not absolutely necessary, but nice to have)
Band saw or jig saw
Drill press or hand drill
Clamps
Forstner bit (size depends on what candles you buy)
Sander  
Candles
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.  
great idea <br>thanks
this is simply beautiful! I need to get into my unis workshop again for this .love!&lt;3
Very nice, but if you bore your holes for the candles before cutting the top slopes, you'll be drilling into a flat surface, which is much safer, and you won't have any gouging or skipping. Just set the bit to stop 1/2 inch before the bottom of the piece.
I see what you mean, but I don't want the holes to go in that deep; if the candles went that far into the wood, they would char the wood before getting halfway down the candle and waste the candle. It's easier for me to gauge the depth after they are cut. When I clamped the houses tighter, I had no more gouging.
I absolutely loved this idea! I don't have as good a band saw, so I used three layers of 3/4&quot; pine instead, and included a little compartment for matches as a custom flair. <br> <br>My sister will love this, thank you for the inspiration!
I love the compartment for matches! Thank you for sharing this!
Thanks for this. Just made some &amp; sent to my mother for Christmas. Cheers.
Awww! Love to hear that.
Very nicely done, i am also going to make it. <br>
Thanks! I'd love to see photos when you're done.
Oh, how adorable. I think I'm going to need to make some. :D
Jessy, if you do, please send me pics!!
That is really cute and simple! I'm glad you decided to make them yourself; they look like great gifts :D
Thanks, Penelopy! I entered this into the &quot;Holiday Gifts&quot; Contest. Vote for me if you want :)

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