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HAND PAINTED NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

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It all started with a pile of wood…

DIY NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

My brother was trimming back some trees in his yard and gave me a call saying he had a bunch of cut branches and do I want them to make something. Umm, do I want them? Really, did he have to ask? Silly wabbit. Please.

Well, I wasn’t exactly sure what I would make first. Then I remembered some cool candle holders I had seen on Pinterest a while back and I was inspired.

So the first thing I did was give some branches a good cooking…

 

DIY NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

It’s always a good idea to heat treat wood to get rid of any critters that may be lurking. Even if there aren’t any visible buggers, there could always be larvae (ewww!) in the wood and you don’t want any of those creepy crawlies making your home theirs. So stick your wood in an oven and bake. To kill all the buggers, the core of your wood needs to reach 135 degrees. Depending on the thickness of your wood, cooking time will vary. To be safe, I heated my branches at 170 for four hours. That might have been overkill (no pun intended, sort of), but the minimum temperature of my oven is 170. So I just let ’em cook while I went about my daily business. The fun part of this is that my house smelled all woodsy afterward.

Now at this point, if you like that natural rustic look you can simply go ahead and drill your candles holes (more on that later), but I wanted to paint my candle holders.

To get rid of any loose fragments or dust, I ran my branches under a running faucet and gave them a good wipe down with some steel wool.

 

DIY NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

After the water dried, I gave my branches a coat of white paint. By starting with a coat of white, the colors you paint over the white will come out much more vibrant than if you were to paint your colors over the natural wood.

 

DIY NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

Then I used craft paint, and free-handed some designs.

 

DIY NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

I wanted to make one of my candle holders festive for the holidays so I decided to make a candy cane candle holder, too.

 

DIY NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

I wrapped painters tape around my white branch, then painted red on the exposed parts.

 

DIY NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

When I unwrapped the tape, I did have to do some touch ups because the ridges on the branch allowed for some paint to seep under the tape. But it wasn’t anything major.

 

DIY NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

To create the fittings for the tea light candles I used a 1-1/2-Inch Diameter Forstner Drill Bit. Then painted in the drilled out holes.

And you’re done! Just place your tea lights in the holes and light!

 

HAND PAINTED NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

I’m really crushing on my candy cane candle holder!

DIY HAND PAINTED NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDY CANE CANDLE HOLDER

But I do love them all!

Remember to NEVER leave lit candles unattended. Unless you like fire…I mean A LOT of fire! But I’m guessing you probably like your house more than you like fire, so please NEVER leave lit candles unattended.

 

HAND PAINTED NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

Anywho, aren’t they fun? They make great gifts.

HAND PAINTED NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

And guess what? They’re all available at my Etsy shop!

HAND PAINTED NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

So visit my Etsy shop to pick one up! I have a ton more wood, so I can custom color for you. Or if you prefer the natural wood, those will be available also.

 

HAND PAINTED NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

HAND PAINTED NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

HAND PAINTED NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

HAND PAINTED NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

 

Cheers my friends! And Happy Holidays!

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10 Comments on DIY NATURAL WOOD BRANCH CANDLE HOLDERS

    • Jenise
      December 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Sarah, that is so nice of you to say!!! :-)

      Reply
  1. Audra @ Renewed Projects
    December 15, 2014 at 11:49 am (2 years ago)

    I’m a sucker for the candy cane pattern. I just love that red and white log! Beautiful!

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    • Jenise
      December 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Audra! You’re so sweet. I have to admit that that’s my favorite too!

      Reply
  2. Ginnie
    December 16, 2014 at 5:51 pm (2 years ago)

    These are gorgeous! I especially love the gold one.

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    • Jenise
      December 20, 2014 at 11:48 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Ginnie! I am crushing on the gold one too. But it’s so hard for me to pick favorites…like trying to pick a favorite kid or something. :-)

      Reply
  3. Agy
    December 17, 2014 at 9:57 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a gorgeous idea! And thank you for sharing how to get rid of the critters. i’ve always wondered about that when I made crafts with branches. Usually I would just spray paint it but the oven step is perfect. Thank you!!

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    • Jenise
      December 20, 2014 at 11:47 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Agy! The best part of the oven step is that it made the house smell so nice and cozy. :-)

      Reply
  4. Shelly -minettesmaze.blogspot.com/
    December 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this! Great project and tutorial!

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    • Jenise
      December 20, 2014 at 11:46 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Shelly! That is so nice of you to say. Happy Holidays!

      Reply

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