Farmhouse Succulent or Candle Holders

7 Materials
45 Minutes

This one is great, you can use it for really whatever you'd like, but I figured they make the perfect fit for candles or a small plant- like a succulent! Here's what I did.

First, grad the wood piece you'd like to use.

I cut mine in to 3 different sizes for some variety. ( 5", 8", and 10") Then I stained them each a nice dark walnut color.

Next I use my 2" bit to drill a recessed hole to the tops of each. This little space will hold my succulents. I went about an inch and a 1/2 deep.

Check out how clean the tool makes the hole! make sure to drill out the hole before staining. ( I made a whole bunch today and my arm was (numb so I did this set after... I needed a break

I added Spanish moss and hot glued the artificial succulents in the little space I made for them. I then distressed the edges with sand paper and added twine for a little visual interest.

Here are a few others I did you can also use with votive and make candle holders. I also used some real succulents in a few of them, really this can be used in many ways!

If you make a set of them, they look great stacked up as home decor, for that farmhouse rustic charm!

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2 questions
  • Diane
    on Jan 8, 2019

    How deep would it have to be if you put live plants in without the glass holders...

    • Alia Coleman
      on May 29, 2020

      You need to think about drainage for live plants. If you plant directly into the wood it won't last very long and cause an issue with mold.

  • S
    on Mar 18, 2019

    Why wouldn't you measure & drill ALL the holes in the long board before chopping them up into 5" - 10" pieces? They would not be as likely to spin around on your work table or drill press, even if you were using a clamp.

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  • Katherinelizabeth
    on Aug 8, 2019

    Would probably be inclined to buy a 4x4 6ft board; I checked out the price of the wood you used and Home Depo wants some $94 for two of them! Wowow. Rough lumber could be used... even 2x4's cut to length (HD will do that for free!) and glued stacked on the short sides, stained, and tied with cording could work, too! FYI -- if you need to create varying height for decorative items, scraps of wood, painted or stained can work for that too!..

  • Nancy
    on May 27, 2020

    I don't understand your answer: "FYI it’s not a 4 x 4 it’s a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 their custom"

    • Nancy
      on May 30, 2020

      I have known the actual size of lumber for years, I have bought quite a bit. It was the word 'custom' that threw me. LOL!

      Thanks for taking the time to answer.

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