Heart Candle Holder




Introduction: Heart Candle Holder

Supplies and Tools Needed:

Paper or Cardstock

Compass or Circle Template




Tape measure and/or steel ruler

Wood – any species (I used walnut) – 1 pc 2” x 2” x 6 ½”, 1 pc 2” x 2” x 5 ½”

Table Saw, Chop Saw or Hand Saw

1½” Forstner Bit

Drill Press

Band Saw, Scroll Saw or Coping Saw


Router - optional

1/8” Roundover Router Bit – optional

Oil for finishing

Step 1:

Cut your wood to width and length. I was using some left over stock so it was

already cut to width; I used my chop saw to cut to length.

Step 2:

Find center on the end of each piece.

Step 3:

With a 1½” Forstner Bit drill a hole in the top end of your pieces. The depth should be the depth of your candle. If using a real candle be sure to keep it in the little metal cup. Interesting little fact, the tea light candles from Ikea are a little too big for a 1½” hole, but tea lights from other sources fit perfectly.

Step 4:

With a circle guide or compass draw two 1½” circles; connect the bottom to make a heart. Find the center of one of your circles, cut out.

Step 5:

Center your pattern between your two pieces of wood, with the top edge of your pattern 4 5/8” from the bottom. With your awl (or any sharp object, a nail works) mark the center of one of your pieces.

Step 6:

Set up your drill press with a sacrificial fence (since the Forstner bit will be hanging off the edge of your wood you don’t want to cut into your good fence). Clamp a stop block at the end, this is important to make sure your holes (heart) line up. Drill the hole.

Step 7:

Stand the pieces as you want them, lay them down, remove the one with the hole in it, slide the blank one in place, drill hole in second piece. It is necessary to do this because you have to drill the hole on the back side of the second piece.

Step 8:

Trace your heart pattern onto your wood, cut out on a band saw (scroll saw or coping saw).

Step 9:

I used an 1/8” router bit to round over the outside edges, leaving the inside edges that touch with a sharp edge. If you want to route the top ends, use a push block for support while routering.

Step 10:

Sand pieces.

Step 11:

Oil and enjoy!

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3 years ago on Step 3

Nice insructable and attractive piece. For those in the rest of the world using the superior metric system, you'll find a 40mm Forstner bit is just right for the IKEA tea lights


Reply 2 years ago

IKEA Glimma candles claim to be 38mm in diameter and 4 hr duration. They are roughly 16-17mm deep, which seems to be a standard for 3-4 hr burn time.


4 years ago

Seems so simple but realy nice design. Thanks for sharing!


Question 4 years ago on Introduction

This is a great little project that has my vote. I made one with cypress that looks great!

I do have a question not related to the project. Where did you get the (orange) screw on handles that you are using on a push block?


Answer 4 years ago

Thank you! It’s a pushblock that’s screwed on the larger sacrificial block; I probably bought it at a woodshow but noticed that Sears has them online (Powertec 71032).


4 years ago

That turned out so nice! I especially like how it can be built using inexpensive materials and common woodshop tools. I would definitely make it if I had a girlfriend.


4 years ago

This is amazing! Love it! Tank you for sharing :)

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This looks great. You have definitely got my vote.


Reply 4 years ago

Thank you so much, it was a fun project.