Picture of Make a simple 'natural' wooden Tea lite holder
I have made around 20 of these in various forms, I have used branches with smaller branch stubs on and trimmed to about 20mm and smoothed them to leave a more rustic look, or cut the top at a slight angle,  I have Also used a larger thickness branch and set 3 or 4 T-lites in.  Once, at the point where I was going to start sanding I thought No!, leave it like that! - Just a slice of Oak with a hole in one end with some twigs and leaves still attached, - now that's rustic...
So you may not want the sandpapers Oil or wax, or you could take it even further and do some carving/sculpting
There are so many variations to experiment with... I would like to see what other people come up with.

WARNING! WARNING! - For those without common sense...
Sharp tools and power tools are dangerous, you may hurt yourself if you don't take care.
Some wood finishes are flammable, so don't use them to finish a candle holder.
Never leave a burning candle unnattended.
Making things is addictive so you might be making lots of these or similar for your friends and family.
I have more effective tools but not everyone has, so I've kept it basic so that most people can try this project.

Step 1: Tools and materials:

Picture of Tools and materials:
Suitable branch wood.
Saw - the finer cut the better = less sanding.
Drill and bit. - Forstner better but a spade bit would do. (an auger would make a real mess).
Sharp knife.
Various sandpapers.
Oil, wax or your prefered finish.  - I go for natural wax or Danish or Tung oil.
I am in the shed! (author) 2 years ago
Thank you, maybe you you can...are you in the UK?
showmee2 years ago
well done! i'd still rather just buy them from you :-p
Jareta3 years ago
¡Buena idea! la he descubierto algo tarde pero lo tendré en cuenta para las próximas fiestas de Navidad.
I am in the shed! (author)  Jareta3 years ago
Gracias, tienes tiempo de hacer un montón de tiempo!
Phil113 years ago
Excellent instructable. Nice product! Going to make these with the kids at the Wildlife Centre I work at. Thanks!
beader19863 years ago
I am thinking about going into the woods and getting a few small birch logs (the grow all over the place here) and make one that holds a few t-lights along the length for my mother's fireplace so she can have a pretty "fire" in the summer and not heat up the house!!! I love your instructable!!!
I am in the shed! (author)  beader19863 years ago
Nice... like this one:
or in the round, with the bark still on
Make sure the Birch is dry before you start work on it as like most branch wood it has a tendancy to crack at the ends whilst drying.
Can we see the finished product? Maybe as your first instructable?
Thanks for the pos.
I like the round with the bark still on. My mom really likes rustic looking pieces. I will probably make it in a few months, it has been a little chilly and very wet lately, so when it dries up a little outside I will go hiking for the wood. :) I will definitely post pictures when it is done.
great woodwork here, i like it. might i ask where you bought the danish oil, how much it cost, and would it be suitable to use as a finish for a wooden crossbow?
Thanks a lot. I don't know where in the world you are but Danish oil is widely available in UK, I get it at a large national store called Wilkinsons at around £9 for 500ml.
Although I don't think its suitable for a bow - maybe just the stock. I thought Linseed was the prefered choice, It's worth googling that one.
continental U.S. in the state of tenessee. really good variety of hardwoods down here, as well as aromatic cedar. thanks for the linseed oil tip.
canucksgirl3 years ago
I like your project. I get why some people are "nit picking", but I don't agree with them. People need to assume responsibility for themselves and learn to perhaps develop some not so "common sense".

I mean really? Leaving a candle to burn until the next day? What does the guy expect?
I am in the shed! (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
If some people think my idea is dangerous then look at this video entitled
"Watch The Video"
"How To Make Luminaria"
I think all this nitpicking is kinda silly. People need to exercise some common sense. If they are incapable of that, then they shouldn't use candles at all.

You're project is fine. I prefer the look of this over any store bought holder.

BTW, did you happen to see my candle holder? I made it before Christmas. Its a snowflake. You can see it here if you'd like. :D
shugdahl3 years ago
They're very pretty, good instructable and all but I can't get past the fear of the wax soaked candle eventually burning down and the consequences thereof. We live very rurally and use candles for more than decorative reasons and are as careful as can be but no one is constantly aware their candles burning down, it just isn't possible. I quit using any wooden candleholders after finding one the morning after New Yrs smoldering away.
as said dont leave candles unattended but also all t-light candles come in an aluminium case and I have not had any trouble with the wood getting hot.
Hence the tea lights, which come in metal cups -- wouldn't that avoid the potential danger of the wood catching fire if the candle burned all the way down?
I am in the shed! (author)  gtrachel3 years ago
I've never had the problem and I use t-lights all the time (well, when its dark anyway).
As gtrachel says, the metalic cup does help and I find that the flame burns out before the wood burns. There are t-lights available which are actually manufactured in plastic cups. Anyhow, I still wouldn't leave it burning unattended.
teknix3603 years ago
I think this is simple enough even I could do it! I'm going to bring back some suitable logs on my next trip through the woods.
I am in the shed! (author)  teknix3603 years ago
Yes, in your own style- and don't forget to show us!
gtrachel3 years ago
Just lovely! I bet you have all kinds of other neat wood tricks up your sleeve, too.
I am in the shed! (author)  gtrachel3 years ago
Thank you, There are a few ;)... I've just published another instructable a few minutes ago and I'm sure there will be more...
Great tutorial. The finished product looks so nice! :)
I am in the shed! (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thank you very much, My first instructable and it gets featured AND I get pro membership!... I'll have to do more now.
BTW, I like the look of your Roasted Greek Lemon Potatoes, I might have a go.