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Easy DIY Candle Centerpiece

Made from Reclaimed Wood

This Easy DIY Candle Centerpiece is so simple to make using reclaimed wood. I’ve included detailed instructions for making a candle holder.

I have admired all the multi-candle centerpieces and candle holders I’ve seen on Pinterest and Instagram. When I ran across a few pieces of old wood, I knew immediately that I wanted to make one for myself.

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I first saw one that Liz Marie had made a few years ago, and then my friend Michele at Vintage Home Design shared this candle holder last year.

Here is my version of this simple candle centerpiece.

Candle Centerpiece Materials

I used two boards for my candle centerpiece. One reclaimed 2 x 4 board was exactly the length I needed. The second tongue & groove board was long enough to cut into two pieces using a miter saw.

In addition, we used four screws to attach boards, and I added a metal drawer pull, as a handle, to each end of the centerpiece.

The handles are optional; you can use wood glue and nails to attach the board together if you prefer.

If your wood is new, you may want to paint or stain the wood before you start. Since my wood was reclaimed, it was nicely aged. I liked the look of the aged wood and wanted to leave it natural.

If you are finishing your boards, you should allow for dry time.

Attach Boards for Candle Holder

First, please align boards together by making sure they are evenly spaced around the edges. The 2 x 4 is smaller than the tongue and groove boards, so I positioned it in the center of the upper and lower board.

Align boards evenly to make candle holder

Next, attach the boards together with two wood screws at either end of the boards using a cordless drill.

Attach boards together to build the diy candle centerpiece for farmhouse -style tableware

Then attach the handles to each end of the candle holder using the hardware provided with the drawer pulls.

Attach handles to ends of the candle holder.  Cottage style DIY centerpiece for rustic table.

Make Holes for Candles

First, determine how many candles you want in your centerpiece and draw your pattern onto the top of your centerpiece board using a ruler or tape measure. My pattern included 22 holes.

If you want a perfectly spaced pattern, you can draw a template on paper to use as a guide.

Using a drill bit the size of your desired candles, drill holes approx. 1 inch deep.

Be sure to mark your drill bit at the exact depth to ensure that all holes are evenly drilled.

Drill holes for candles in the diy candle centerpiece

I used my Ryobi Cordless Rotary Tool to smooth the edges of each candle hole.

sand holes for candles using rotary tool. DIY Farmhouse-style rustic centerpiece idea.

DIY Candle Centerpiece

Although all my wood supplies were free, adding 22 candles was a different story. I used three different colors of candles and two lengths to make the centerpiece more interesting.

I used a combination of 8- and 10 inch candles in white, grey, and copper candles.

DIY Rustic Candle Centerpiece for Farmhouse Table.

They look beautiful on the table at night. I’m glad I added the handles because they allow the candle centerpiece to be moved easily off the table.

Candle Holder with 22 candles.  DIY Craft Project

If you like this easy DIY Candle Centerpiece, you might like also like this Easy Twig Centerpiece idea.

The centerpiece is perfect for a Cozy Winter Tablescape and these DIY Twig Napkin Rings.

Cozy Winter Tablescape with DIY Candleholder and rustic twig napkin rings.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Rachel, I love this project. I need to get the rotary sander......candle colors are perfect.


Sunday 22nd of January 2023

Mary, I appreciate this. You'd love this project.


Friday 20th of January 2023

What a great idea! So versatile. Hugs to you


Saturday 21st of January 2023

Renae, I really appreciate all you sweet comments.

Laurie Lynch

Friday 20th of January 2023

That is awesome, so pretty! And the candles make it even better! I showed this to my husband and he said he would make me one!! Thank you for sharing.


Saturday 21st of January 2023

Laurie, I'm so glad you like this. It's such a unique look. Can't wait to see what you husband makes.

Jennifer Howard

Friday 28th of January 2022

I love this project!!! Great step by steps too.


Friday 28th of January 2022

Jennifer, Thanks so much.

Sue at Blu

Sunday 16th of January 2022

What a great project! I've got to do this!


Monday 17th of January 2022

You will love it. So easy and beautiful.