diy: free tree branch candle holder

diy candle holder from fallen branchesI wish I had some amazing story why I’ve been M.I.A lately [like I've been sipping margaritas on the beach, getting my hair and nails done while getting a massage, or trapped under something heavy].  Nope.  Just a case of the-kids-are-almost-out-of-school-I-don’t-want-to-do-squat blues.  Well, that was fun for a week and I have been itching to DIY some crap.

So here we go!  I am known around certain parts of my [poor] daughter’s school as “that mom who lugs wood back to her car!”  Case in point.

a candle holder made from fallen tree branchesIf you follow me on Instagram, you’ll remember I posted about finding a stack of fallen tree branches while on a hike around my daughter’s school.  Well I managed to drag this beauty back to my car while being stared at in absolute disbelief by many parents.  That’s how I roll people!

This beauty sat in my garage for a couple months until I got the idea to create a candle holder out of it.  It’s super simple and took 30 minutes to make.

creating a candle holder from fallen tree branchI broke out the Dremmel and got busy hacking this guy to just the right size.

tree branches become a candle holderNext I gave it a light sand with a fine grit sandpaper.

make your own tree branch candle holderOnce that was done, I used a 1/2″ drill bit to cut the hole in the top.  I used a taper candle to get the size just right.

tree branch becomes a candle holderIn order for the candle to sit upright I drilled down apx 1/2″ into the wood.

diy custom tree branch candle holderI then gave my candle holder a quick coat of polyurethane to seal the wood, but it’s not necessary.

candle holders made from fallen tree branchesI found this outdoor clear, satin finish poly at my local Home Depot.  I like it because it also has UV protection so you can use it on any outdoor project and it shouldn’t fade.

tree branch candle holder made from fallen branchesThis stuff dries in about 30 minutes and has a pretty satin sheen to it.  You’re done!

diy candle holder from a fallen tree branchYou can see I made another one, but decided to keep it raw and left the bark on.  [Note:  just be sure you don't pick up any branches that have little tenants living in them, aka termites!]  Best part of these rustic candle holders is they are FREE to make!

diy candle holder made from fallen tree branchesdiy custom candle holder from fallen tree branchesdiy a candle holder from fallen tree branchesI might make a few more, but try painting a few in white, or gold!  I’m off to hike again!!

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18 Responses to diy: free tree branch candle holder

  1. They look awesome! What a great idea!

  2. What the heck!!!! This is genius.

  3. juliaklimek says:

    OOOOH! Awesome! Please link up at Merry Monday! I would love to share with everyone! Julia

  4. Amy, I freakin’ LOVE these! Thanks so much for sharing at The Makers! I need to get that piece for our dremel too because I’ve never used it before, and we always use “scarier saws” to cut up branches and what not.

  5. Julie says:

    OMG! You knocked this out of the forest! I love it, Amy. Going to feature it on Sunday Inspiration Monday Party! Hope you can make it over. I also am your newest “like” on fb :)

  6. mariep says:

    These came out perfectly! Love the pretty twists and turns on the branches.
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

  7. Ginnie says:

    Love these! They remind me of the antler candle holders that are so popular right now!

  8. What a brilliant idea! I love branch looking candle holders…never thought of making one!

  9. treanah says:

    What a sweet way to incorporate some rustic love into a modern home. This is my life goal that is currently in its goal planning phase (that sounds so much better than 0% complete). Stopping by from the Merry Monday linky party! Thanks for sharing! -Treana @

  10. juliaklimek says:

    I’m going to feature your awesome candle holders at this weeks Merry Monday Linky Party (Sunday at 6pm PST)! :-) Julia

  11. These are brilliant! I love the idea of a couple of gold ones for decorating a Christmas table, or more rustic bark-on ones maybe whitewashed for a pretty summer table outdoors. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Shelly says:

    This is FANTASTIC! Love it! I pinned this to our talent board on DIY Sunday Showcase! Thanks for sharing with us!


  16. So great – they are the perfect combo of rustic & modern in one piece. Hmm. The dog and I might need to go on a little nature walk for branches today :) Thanks for sharing them at Thursday STYLE!

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