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.
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.
You can see the DIY candle holders already right?
Gave them a good sanding:
and then drilled a hole in the top of each large enough to hold a taper candle.
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.
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:
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.
All it took was about 4 cuts on the mitre saw, a bit of sanding and some stain.
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!