DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder

An Easy to Make Candleholder Using 2x4s

This project was created for the Power Tool Challenge with the theme of “Secret Santa”! The idea was 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 any occasion!

DIY wood arrow candleholder


  • Scrap pieces of 2×4
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Shape template of your choice (I also created a Mustache Candleholder years ago!)
  • Bandsaw
  • Sander (I used an oscillating tool with a sander attachment) with sandpaper
  • 1-7/8″ Forstner bit (<– affiliate link!)
  • Tealight candle & holder

Step One

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

Step Two

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

DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder-Template

Step Three

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

Step Four

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 sit and not move.

DIY Wood Arrow Candleholder-Forstner Bit

Step Five

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 knew who the lucky recipient was in advance but couldn’t say – it would’ve spoiled the surprise! Needless to say, she loved it and used it in photos on her own blog posts!

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

Take a look at more Power Tool Challenge inspiration from my fellow bloggers:


Originally posted 2015-11-12 05:00:30.


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