Creative Giant Candlesticks: How To Make a DIY Christmas Lamp Post

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch

It's that time of year to get crafty! Let me show you step-by-step how to make your own DIY Christmas lamp post that looks like oversized candles. It's a fun and easy woodworking project that's great for both indoor and outdoor decoration.

Join me in this Christmas craft, and let's bring some holiday magic to your home!

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

Tools and Materials:

  • 3-inch round wood piece
  • Plastic pipe or wood (we recommend wood for a rustic touch)
  • Miter saw
  • 30-inch and 24-inch wood pieces
  • 16-inch board for the base
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Wood screws (2.5 inches)
  • Spray paint (white or off-white)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Oversized Easter egg
  • Fairy lights
  • Bow and holly for decoration

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Measuring the wood for our DIY Christmas lamp post

1. Prepare the Base

Start with a 3-inch round wood piece. If you prefer, you can use plastic pipe, but I opted for wood for that extra touch.

Cutting the round wood piece to size

Cut a 30-inch long piece for the main "candle" and a 24-inch piece for the smaller "candle".

Cut a base

2. Drill

Cut a 16-inch piece of wood for the base.

Drilling pilot holes in the 16-inch base board

Drill two pilot holes into the base. Use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than your screws.

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3. Assemble the Main Structure

Using the same size drill bit as the base, drill down the middle of the two round poles.

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Next, we want to connect the poles to the base.

Begin by drilling two wood screws into the base.

The tip of the screw peeking out the back of the base

The trick is to only screw them in slightly, so just the tip of the screws shows through to the opposite side. This will help you align these screws with the pilot holes drilled into the wooden poles.

Line up the screw and pilot hole to attach the pieces together

Now all you need to do is line these up and drill those wood screws into the poles.

Start with the smaller pole and then move on to the larger one.

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You should now have a sturdy structure.

Spray painting the assembled structure

4. Spray Paint for a Festive Look

Take your DIY candlesticks outside and spray paint them with either white or off-white paint.

Using spray paint instead of regular household paint allows some wood grain to show through, giving it that rustic charm.

Applying hot glue to create realistic melted wax drips

5. Add the Candle Drips

Apply hot glue on the top, letting it drip down the sides for a realistic melted wax effect.

Dried hot glue on DIY Christmas lamp post resembling melted wax

The hotter the glue, the longer and more realistic the drips will appear.

Oversized plastic Easter egg

6. Attach the "Candle" to the Post

We are going to use an oversized plastic Easter egg and fairy lights as the candles' flames.

Stick plastic eggs to the top of the wood poles

Secure the plastic eggs to the top of each post using hot glue.

Drill a hole in the back of the Easter eggs for lights

Drill a hole in the back for the lights to pass through.

Battery operated fairy lights

Attach the switch of the lights to the back of the posts.

Secure the switch to the back of the giant candles with hot glue

Pull the lights through.

Illuminate the giant candlesticks with fairy light

Close up the eggs and your DIY Christmas lamp post is almost done.

Decorate the flameless candles

7. Decorate and Illuminate

Add a festive touch with a bow and holly or any decorations you like. Light it up, and done!

Glowing oversized candlesticks

You've created two oversized candlesticks perfect for the holiday season.

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These oversized candlesticks are fantastic! They truly capture the festive spirit and are easy to move around since they don't need electricity.

I love how the fairy lights make a magical glow.

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Now, I want to hear from you. Did this project spark your festive spirit? Drop a comment below and share your thoughts, including how you might tweak this project to make your DIY flameless candles uniquely yours!

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