DIY Driftwood Candle Holder

2 Hours
Looking for thrifty, yet high-end-looking art for your home? Look no further than your backyard! I rescued a stump and turned it into a table centerpiece complete with candle holders. Read on to find out how.
I rescued an old stump out of the woods in our backyard with the hopes of making it into an art piece. I started by power-washing the heck out of it to remove any dirt, bugs and loose pieces.
After it dried thoroughly, I brushed a coat of liming wax over the whole thing to create the driftwood finish that’s so popular right now.
I used a rag to buff the wood until all excess wax was removed.
After that dried, I sealed the wood with a coat of Varathane® Triple Thick Polyurethane (gloss finish). One coat of this stuff is typically all you need, and it dries really fast.
Then I drilled three holes in the wood to fit three glass votive candle holders. Ideally, you would want to drill all the holes before you wax and poly, but I had to wait for the hubs to get home with the 2-inch Forstner drill bit I needed. I’m not very good at waiting.
I waxed and poly-ed the holes, let everything dry, and added flickering LED votive candles I had on hand (purchased at Target, I think). Here's a look at the finished product!
I’m sure regular votive candles would work well, too. Just be sure to place them in glass holders and keep the flame and hot wax away from the wood.
I currently have this piece sitting on top of our TV console. I’m thinking I may use it for an upcoming fall tablescape centerpiece, though.
Living Rich on Less - Susan
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