Cute Homemade Candles – Made out of Wood

I know Christmas is officially over, so to keep posting Christmas gift ideas is absurd.

I have a good reason to be showing this one after Christmas.  I gave these as gifts this year.  I didn’t want to spoil the surprise, so I’m posting this one a little late.  If you like it – you can get a jump on next year’s gift!

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I borrowed this idea.  It is not mine.  Pinterest is pretty inspirational if you are ever out of ideas.

In order for a craft to make it into my repertoire, it must:

  • Be simple & easy enough for kids to make.
  • Use supplies found around my house (“running” to the store is not an option when you live where I do).
  • Take no more than a weekend to finish.

This one’s a Trifecta.  It’s done in a weekend.  It is made from my scrap wood pile.  And, it’s easy.  All my kids made this.  I’ll show you how to do it.

Supply list:

  • 4 X4 Post
  • Saw (to cut post)
  • Drill with 1 3/4 inch bit
  • Paint & brushes
  • Tea candles

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First, a trip to the big red barn.

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Inside you’ll find a BUNCH of wood leaning against the front wall.  I don’t even know where half of this came from.  It’s a collaboration of leftovers, garbage, random scraps from other peoples dumpsters, trash from the big-box Home Improvement Store, and even trash people hauled to their curbs (that I may have taken).  Maybe.

If you don’t want it.  I’ll be happy to take it off your hands.  Why buy wood if you don’t have to?

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This will come in really handy if you are chopping 4×4 posts into 40 pieces.  It is a chop-saw.  I love it.  Lay the wood on the cutting table.  Grab the handle & pull it down.  CHOP!  Done.  In 2 seconds this cuts through a 4×4 – perfectly.

If you don’t have a chop-saw you can use a circular-saw.  You’ll just have to cut through one side.  Flip it over.  Then cut through the other side.  Wear goggles, wear gloves, be careful, don’t hurt yourself.  🙂

Here’s the measurements for the 3 posts:

  • 1 – 4 inches tall
  • 1 – 6 inches tall
  • 1 – 8 inches tall

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Once it’s all cut to the correct sizes, it’s time to make the hole for the tea candle.

I am using a normal drill with a 1 3/4″ drill bit to make the hole in the top.

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If you are wondering why my pictures are sometimes off center and blurry……..

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It’s because I have short photographers who like to take selfies.

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Now we have a hole in the center near the center of the post…

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And we can do this.

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There’s some rough edges.

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Just knock ’em off with a little sand-paper.

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And we have a wheel-barrow full of little posts with holes in the top.

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Painting time!  Get the kids in the garage now.  Give them all a paint brush and some blocks of wood.  I just run around after them cleaning up all the drips and hitting the spots they miss.  Paint the tallest and shortest white.  The middle one is red.

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The next day we brought the taller ones into the kitchen to turn into candy-canes.  We wrapped them with painter’s tape.  The tape is not perfectly straight.  Just eye-ball it.  Perfection is not necessary.  We are going for old fashioned and rustic.  There’s nothing perfect about old and rustic.  Thank goodness!

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Helpers!

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Getting creative with the painters tape. It’s a present.  Isn’t that cute!

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Slap a coat of red paint over the entire thing.

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Wait a few minutes and pull off the painter’s tape.  You’ll have a candy cane!

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I don’t like anything that looks new, so I grabbed my rag and a can of dark stain & hit the edges and corners with it.  I also stained the white ones and red ones.  All the posts got a little rustic flare.

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I coated these guys with a clear gloss spray-paint.  It is an optional step.  The clear spray paint will give them a shinier more polished look.  Totally optional.

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Once they are dry just pop the tea candles into the holes.

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Beautiful!

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