Love the raw, natural look of birch candleholders? Have you seen these in upscale gift stores? Now you can make your own!
I have a basket of these great candleholders that I wrote about last year here and here. They look amazing clustered on my mantle or living room sideboard. And the best thing about making your own is that you don’t have to restrict yourself to 2 or 3 – you can fill up an entire sideboard in no time.
Now I had one secret ingredient – Livio. He is my dad’s best friend and he can do just about anything. Want to know how to trap a squirrel? Call Livio. Is your plaster falling down from your bathroom ceiling? Call Livio. Need trendy raw wood birch candleholders? Call Livio. Within about 15 minutes, your sideboard is full. He’s old school and he can really put a Pinteresting, blogging, DIYer to shame.
Don’t despair if you don’t have a Livio. These instructions are pretty easy with a few key things – a saw, a drill with a boring bit, and slim birch logs. If you can get your hands on one, a drill press makes this job a snap. I happen to have access to a large wooded lot up north with a huge selection of fallen trees, so this project was made with found birch logs and branches. I just love that these candleholders are green and earth-friendly.
My design involves cutting the logs into random lengths, from about 3 to 9 inches. I like my candleholders to look natural and unstructured, but if you prefer a cleaner look you could cut them all to equal lengths. I also used logs of varying diameters, from about 2 to 4 inches, but I think thicker logs look great, too. Livio drilled the holes to fit standard votive candles, although tapers would also look great.
I arrange mine randomly and tuck some pine branches around them that I get from trimming our Christmas tree. I usually add a few silver ornaments or some extra-large pinecones to jazz things up. Voilà– easy, gorgeous, and green!
Tip: if you’re going to put fresh pine branches on your furniture, put something underneath to protect against pine resin – I learned this the hard way. I usually use clear cellophane for this because it doesn’t show.
DIY Birch Log Candleholders
Birch logs, 2” to 4” in diameter
Drill with hole borer bit, 1½” in diameter
1. Cut logs in sections of varying lengths, from about 3” to 9” long.
2. Bore a hole in the center of each log section, 1½” wide by ¾” deep to fit a votive candle.
3. Place a votive in each. Light and enjoy!