Candle Holder




About: I like to design and build random things.

This was a super quick and fun project that I made from scrap materials. I designed it to fit tapered glass candles that are readily available from online or your local big box store.

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Step 1: Tools/Materials


  • Table Saw
  • Drill Press
  • 1 7/8" Hole Saw or Forstner Bit
  • Router
  • Sander
  • Wood Clamps
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil


  • Wood: 15" Long x 3" Wide x 5/8" Thick
  • Wood: 3" Long x 1" Wide x 1" Thick
  • Wood Glue
  • Danish Oil
  • Candles

Step 2: Drawings

You will be building to these drawings. Detailed drawings are shown at the appropriate steps.

Step 3: Base

Cut the main board down to 15" x 3".

Step 4: Holes

Drill the holes per the drawing shown in the previous step. I used a 1 7/8" Forstner Bit but a hole saw would work equally as well.

This video has nothing to do with the project - just me playing with a slow motion while drilling a hole.

Step 5: Chamfers

It's a pretty straightforward project. I added chamfers around the holes and along the edges to give it a slightly more decorative touch.

Step 6: Feet

Cut the feet to the size shown. I picked a contrasting wood to give it more character.

The feet could just be glued on but I thought having them recessed in the base was nicer looking. The router was used for the slots. I used wood glue and wood clamps to attach.

Step 7: Completed Candle Holder

It was sanded with 220 grit paper and treated with Danish Oil.

Step 8: Candles

These candles were purchased at Target. Adjust your dimensions accordingly if you have different size candles.

Step 9: CAD Images

I tend to geek things out but this did show me that the candles would fit correctly before cutting the wood.

Step 10: Finished Pictures

Here are two pictures with candles. The taper on the glass holds the candles in a nice position as predicted by CAD. I'm happy with how it turned out.

Step 11: Few More Pictures

Thanks for viewing!

Step 12: Other Designs

This is my third time building candle holders. See my other projects here:

Birds Mouth Candle Holder

Ice Luminaries

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    5 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Yes, it could also be a shots holder :). I had a comment on another site that said it looked like I was serving milk.

    Peaches and Plums

    Question 1 year ago

    Candle holder or "I'm going hard on shots tonight" holder Hmmm hmmmm just think about it.