Real Tree Branch Candle Holders

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We love the outdoors at our house. I have always loved the look of the tree branch candle holders, but oh my goodness the prices!!! We were just in Grand Lake, Colorado camping over Labor Day and I saw some in a store for $15 each. We recently had an aspen tree pass away at our house and cut it down. We saved some of the branches and we made our own aspen branch candle holders!

It all started with a branch.  You'll want to let it dry out if you are going to seal it in the end.  If not, you'll be okay to move ahead sooner.  
I guessed at the size I wanted my candle holders to be and I sawed them to size.  After sawing them, I sanded the top and the bottom of the branches with a sanding block.
I used Polycrylic to seal the candle holders.  I was a little disappointed that some of the "white" from the aspen seemed to disappear, but I felt it better to seal the candle holder for long term and to prevent splitting and cracking as they dry.
Using a 1 1/2 inch spade drill bit in our drill, we made indents for the candles.
We tested both candle holders to make sure both a tealight candle and a battery operated tea light candle would fit into the holders.
We could have drilled the battery operated tealight down more but then the candle tealight would have sat down too low and we didn't want the flame that low in the wood.
Here they are finished, and we love the way they turned out!
Once you've made them, they're ready to be placed where you like.
I'm thinking these would make a great gift as well!

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6 questions
  • Ila Brown
    on Sep 19, 2017

    Thought you were making a Yule Log at first. They look great! Could you use another sealer so they would stay white?
    • Chas' Crazy Creations
      on Sep 19, 2017

      I like the Yule Log idea, I have one more log... ☺️ I was just in a mountain town this summer where they were selling these. They either left them unsealed to keep the white or painted some white onto them before sealing. I have not tried another sealer but it might be worth looking into.
    • Joanne
      on Sep 20, 2017

      Thanks for sharing I have some logs to try his with - so simple and earthy, love it!!!!

    • Ann Wilson
      on Sep 20, 2017

      Tile and grout sealer doesn't change the color of the item you are sealing. You could try it and see if it works for you. Love the candle holders!
    • Chas' Crazy Creations
      on Sep 20, 2017

      Thank you all, you are so sweet!
    • Leklinger7
      on Sep 22, 2017

      you don't need to seal it.
  • Mary Buhler
    on Sep 22, 2017

    Does anyone else see the dog optical illusion in the stained glass
  • Eva Marie Turner
    on Oct 19, 2017

    Your very welcome
    With large tree stumps and logs could u use the same paints and sealer to make arrangements? Thinking about making a vertical plant holder with lights and maybe a horizontal pine tree design as anchors around front door.
  • Joyce morris
    on Oct 20, 2017

    What other type tree could you use. I love aspens but with our hot weather in Alabama, they don't last here.
  • Lucy Marie Bernier
    on Aug 25, 2019

    Chas, where and how is a good place to show my art work ? Not to expensive please.

  • Robyn Garner
    on Aug 25, 2019

    Great use of the loss of your tree! Question: maybe try some Mod Podge to see if that will seal them without "losing" the white of the skin???

    • Chas' Crazy Creations
      on Aug 25, 2019

      Thank you and thanks for that suggestion. I'm a huge Mod Podge fan so I'll have to give that a try :)

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