Create stunning pillar candle holders for a fraction of the price of retailers! It’s sure to fit any budget and look beautiful when it’s done. This project is the perfect DIY for any beginner!
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I stared at my computer screen, thinking my eyes must be playing tricks on me. There’s no way they cost that much. I’ve bought shoes for less than one candlestick! And I’m not talking those dollar flip flops from Old Navy.
There had to be a mistake.
But there wasn’t. I checked several different sites and it felt like they just got more and more expensive the more I looked.
All I wanted was some pillar candle holders to relax to my favorite scents with a glass of wine after a long week.
I poured a glass of my favorite merlot and drew a deep breath.
Who said candlesticks had to cost a small fortune?
Finding Another Way
Candle holders are nothing more than a pretty vessel to hold your candle from lighting up your furniture, right? I knew there had to be a better, cheaper, and easier way than dropping $100+ on a set of three candle holders.
My gaze wandered from the floor to the furniture around me in the living room. It passed from the living room the dining room table we refinished last year. And I found it.
What resembles candle holders better than table legs?
Perfect, I thought.
How hard could it be?
For once, it wasn’t hard at all.
For this easy DIY, you’ll need:
I found some basic, unstained table legs at Home Depot and small, circle plaques at Michael’s.
I trimmed them down and glued the circular plaques I’d found to each side. At 99 cents a piece, it was the perfect solution for my candle holder ends.
I literally did a little dance in the middle of the woodworking aisle when I found them.
Not only were they the perfect size, but I couldn’t ask for a more perfect price!
Once glued, I clamped them for a nice strong hold that will last longer than all the pillar candles that will burn on top of them.
When gluing wood, follow these tips for a clean finish:
- Wipe excess glue off immediately and completely with a durable paper towel.
- Stain won’t take to gluey surfaces, so be thorough!
- A little goes a long way
- Clamp for at least 30 minutes.
- Let the glued joints set for at least 24 hours before you do anything else.
All in all, the gluing should take less than 5 minutes.
Great for a quick weekday project!
Other Potential Candle Holder Materials
I love hunting in thrift and craft stores for funky things. If the more traditional vibe of these table legs aren’t your thing, try something a little more out of the box. I considered using multiple things before I settled on the table legs, such as:
- Vases or Hurricanes
- Wood Pilings
And there are so many more!
When you’re on the hunt, just look for cylindrical shapes.
Or, be a total rebel.
Whatever inspires you — go for it! Make some gorgeous, custom pillar candle holders. You’ll be showing off your custom handiwork in no time.
And then your friends will all be offering to trade you a bottle of wine to make one for them, too. 😉
Gorgeous Pillar Candle Holders for Less!
Whether you decide to stain or paint your candle holders, they will come out gorgeous! Just give them a quick sand with a higher grit paper (I used 220). Tackle the excess dust with some tack cloth and you’re ready to add some va-va-voom with color!
I’m personally a HUGE fan of stain. I love the wood grain that shines through a good stain. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the darker stains and how they pop against lighter colors.
Can you believe I only spent $20 on this whole project? That’s a much better price tag than $100+ for a complete set.
Of course, it helped that I already had the stain, glue, and tools before I started. 😉
Now I can lay back and enjoy that glass of wine with my favorite scents burning.
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