Easy DIY Candle Centerpiece

3 Materials
2 Hours

Made from Reclaimed Wood

This Easy DIY Candle Centerpiece is so simple to make using reclaimed wood. I’ve included detailed instructions for making a candle holder.

I have admired all the multi-candle centerpieces and candle holders I’ve seen on Pinterest and Instagram. When I ran across a few pieces of old wood, I knew immediately that I wanted to make one for myself.

I first saw one that Liz Marie had made a few years ago and then my friend Michele at Vintage Home Design shared this candle holder last year.

Here is my version of this simple candle centerpiece.

I used two boards for my candle centerpiece. One reclaimed 2 x 4 board was exactly the length I needed.

In addition, we used 4 screws to attach boards together and I added a metal drawer pull, as a handle, to each end of the centerpiece.

The handles are optional and you can use wood glue and nails to attach the board together if you prefer.

The second tongue & groove board was long enough to cut into 2 pieces using a miter saw.

If your wood is new, you may want to paint or stain the wood before proceeding. Since my wood was reclaimed, it was nicely aged. I liked the look of the aged wood and wanted to leave it natural.

If you are finishing your boards, you should allow for dry time.

Attach Boards for Candle Holder

First, align boards together by making sure they are evenly spaced around the edges. The 2 x 4 is smaller than the tongue and groove boards, so I positioned it in the exact center of the upper and lower board.

Next, using a cordless drill, attach the boards together with two wood screws at either end of the boards.

Next, using a cordless drill, attach the boards together with two wood screws at either end of the boards.

Then attach the handles to each end of the candle holder, using the hardware provided with the drawer pulls.

Make Holes for Candles

First, determine how many candles you want in your centerpiece and using a ruler or tape measure draw your pattern onto the top of you centerpiece board. My pattern included 22 holes.

If you want a perfectly spaced pattern, you can draw a template on paper to use as a guide.

Using a drill bit the size of your desired candles, drill holes approx. 1 inch deep.

Be sure to mark your drill bit at the exact depth to assure that all holes are evenly drilled.

I used my Ryobi Cordless Rotary Tool to smooth the edges of each candle hole.

DIY Candle Centerpiece

Although all my wood supplies were free, adding 22 candles was a different story. I used three different color of candles and two different lengths to make the centerpiece more interesting.

I used a combination of 8 inch and 10 inch candles in white candles , grey candles, and copper candles.

They look beautiful on the table at night. I’m glad I added the handles because they allow the candle centerpiece to be moved easily off the table .

If you like this easy DIY Candle Centerpiece, you might like this also like this Easy Twig Centerpiece idea and this recycled tin can project.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Jan 17, 2023

    WOW Rachel..this is just too cool! I’ve had this idea before but never made it. Not exactly as yours but I’m really loving how you put this one together!

  • P P on Jan 17, 2023

    be careful how close these candles are to each other - short ones can soften & melt side of tall ones next to them, which then cave over & can light the tablecloth on fire!