Repurposed Fence Post to DIY Candle Holders

Remember when I was making my garden sign?

I needed a 4×4 fence post to attach each of the signs to and my Step-Dad just happened to have this decorative one laying around.

Fence post / baluster repurposed into rustic candles

 

Only problem – this one was only 6 feet tall and I needed at least 8 feet for it to stand out from my garden.

Not to worry, all that lathe-work was not going to waste!

I decided to cut it down into smaller chunks.

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You can see the DIY candle holders already right?

Gave them a good sanding:

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and then drilled a hole in the top of each large enough to hold a taper candle.

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You could really have stopped at any of these steps after cutting and had a rustic bookend, door stop, desk art, paperweight or candle stick – but I wanted some ‘warm’ wood, so I gave my DIY candle holders a bit of special walnut (Minwax) stain.

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Then a couple of coats of varnish to seal them.

What do you think of the old, weathered, laying-in-the-yard-for-years fencepost now:

 

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(I didn’t have any more candles)

The DIY candle holders with the square bottoms could even be used as gorgeous doorstops, or if I’d drilled the hole in the top a bit larger, they could house a succulent.

LOVE THESE!

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All it took was about 4 cuts on the mitre saw, a bit of sanding and some stain.

 

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It doesn’t get much easier than this!

[update: I later painted a coat of off-white over the stained DIY candle holders and lightly sanded to give them a farmhouse antique look.  Beautiful!]

Have a great one!

Too funny: Autocorrect

 

 

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2017-10-02T12:56:31-04:00June 23rd, 2015|BUILD IT, REPURPOSE|0 Comments

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