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How to Make a Candle Holder Using a 2×4

I found the prettiest glass votive candle holders at the dollar store. I bought five of them and was instantly inspired to make a holder from a scrap piece of a 2×4 to hold each of these little beauties. The holes were super-simple to drill and the most time-consuming part (if you want to call it that) was the finish. I was going for a “rustic and old look”! This would be a fantastically cheap and easy gift for any occasion or a super-quick decoration for the holidays! Let me show you how to make a candle holder using a 2×4…

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Materials:

  • Scrap piece of 2×4 lumber
  • 1-7/8″ Forstner bit
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain & sealer

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I started by cutting a 2×4 to 15″. I marked the horizontal center of the board and drew a line, then marked the vertical center. I drew lines for the candle holders at 2-1/2″ on center.

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Using the drill and the 1-7/8″  Forstner bit, I drilled a hole at each mark  approximately 3/8″ deep to hold the votive in place.

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I thoroughly sanded all of the edges and applied a coat of Rust-Oleum’s American Walnut stain.

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I let the piece sit for a bit, then added a coat of Rust-Oleum’s Sunbleached stain.

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I let it dry thoroughly then applied another coat of Sunbleached stain. I then finished it off with three coats of polyurethane.

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The glass votives fit perfectly and will look great on my table!

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These candle holders make great gifts! They are very easy to make and thought the Forstner bit is pricey, in my opinion, it is well worth the expense! Have any questions about how to make a candle holder using a 2×4? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

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