Power Tool Challenge – Kris Kringle Edition

DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder

It is time for the Power Tool Challenge again, this time the theme is “Secret Santa”! The idea is that the project will be created then mailed to one of the other bloggers in the group as a surprise. So fun, right? I created a super-easy DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder using a template and my bandsaw, then finished it with a metallic polyurethane. While this candleholder isn’t exactly a “Christmasy” project, it is the perfect quick to make gift for the upcoming holiday season!

DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder



  • Scrap pieces of 2×4
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Shape template of your choice
  • Bandsaw
  • Sander (I used an oscillating tool with a sander attachment) with sandpaper
  • 1-7/8″ Forstner bit
  • Tealight candle & holder

I glued two 12″ pieces of 2×4 together (face to face) and clamped them until dry. A scrap piece of 4×4 post can also be used, if desired.

DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder-2x4 pieces

I traced the template on one face of the 2x4s.

DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder-Template

Then, I cut out the shape with my bandsaw. A bandsaw is really easy to use and is my favorite power tool! If you’ve never used a bandsaw but want to learn, check out my post on Bandsaw Basics!

DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder-Bandsaw

I used my drill press with a 1-7/8″ Forstner bit to cut the hole for the tealight candle and holder. The Forstner bit is the perfect size for the glass holder. I drill the hole as deep as the bit, which is approximately 1/2″. In all honesty, it doesn’t have to be that deep – just deep enough for the glass holder.

DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder-Forstner Bit

I used an oscillating tool with a sanding head on it to sand the faces of the candleholder. The small shape gets into the tight areas nicely to create a smooth finish.

As a fabulous finish, I applied three coats of a metallic polyurethane, lightly sanding between coats. The metallic polyurethane gives the candleholder just a bit of sparkle!

DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder-Angled View

DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder-Top View

Isn’t it great? I already know who the lucky recipient will be but I can’t say – it would spoil the surprise! Take a look at more Power Tool Challenge inspiration from my fellow bloggers:

Awesome, right? Have any questions about the DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder for the Power Tool Challenge? Leave a comment below!

  • DeDe Bailey

    Love it! I have tool envy, you used a band saw and drill press, both are on my wish list! The arrow turned out great!

    • CherTexter

      Thanks, DeDe! My dad gave them to me (to make room in his shop) and the bandsaw is definitely my favorite tool!

  • The Interior Frugalista

    Cher I am so jealous you have a Bandsaw – it was on my Christmas List last year but Santa ignored my wishes. It’s back on this year’s list because this girl would much rather have a band saw than perfume. I can see your fabulous arrow candleholder pointing towards the Christmas Tree beside a tabletop Santa (which I happen to have). Finger’s crossed this baby is on it’s way to my house via Secret Santa!

    • CherTexter

      Awww, marie, maybe Santa will bring it this year! My dad gave me this one (and a lesson on using it, lol!) and it is my favorite tool! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, too!

  • Amyhb

    Cute idea for gifts. I need to try that metallic poly, it looks really cool.

    • CherTexter

      Thanks, Amy! The metallic poly is awesome!!

  • Paula@SweetPea

    You come up with the best ideas. I love this one!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Paula! We missed you this round!

  • Jeanie Kuklish Hevener

    Now I need a band saw. And a drill press. : ) I love this project!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Jeanie! The bandsaw is my favorite tool!! 🙂

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