How to Make : DIY Tealight Candle Holder




About: I like to make fun projects and document it all for my channel BCDesign on YouTube!

I experimented making some tealight candle holders with reclaimed Parana pine I had in my shop, I made 3 different styles trying to decide which one I should make a batch of, please have a look and share which one is your favorite with me! I like the faceted 4 candle holder the best!

I made a video of the process for my YouTube channel BCDesign please have a look and if you like it subscribe and share!

Items you will need:

  • Mitre saw
  • Chisel
  • Drill
  • 40mm Forstner Bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Glue
  • Spray Lacquer
  • Tealight Candles
  • Imagination

Step 1: Tealight Holder #1

  • I set the depth adjuster screw on my mitre saw to a 1/2" deep
  • I marked the width of the dados onto the Parana pine by using the maple as a template
  • Remember for a tight fit to cut inside the dado lines
  • You will need to put a spacer against the fence of the mitre saw to account for the curve of your blade.
  • I made multiple cuts through each dado
  • Use a chisel to clear out the dado
  • I then cut my maple to size and dry fitted it into the dado,I set my mitre saw to 15o and cut all the sides
  • Next I added glue and refitted the maple into the dados and clamped it for a few hours.
  • When the glue was dry I marked the center line of the holder and drilled 2 40mm (1.57") holes with a forstner bit for the tealights.

Step 2: Tealight Holder #2

  • I cut a piece of the parana pine into a square shape
  • Set the mitre saw bevel to 25o to the right and the mitre adjustment to 15o
  • I then rotated the piece & cut straight through the point of each corner
  • When you have cut the 4 corners flip the piece over and cut the through the point of each corner again
  • This leaves the piece with a cool faceted affect
  • I marked out 4 points and used the forstner bit to drill holes for the tealights.

Step 3: Tealight Holder No.3

  • Use the same angles as for Tealight Holder #2
  • I made this holder with a rectangular piece of parana pine
  • Cut 2 corners diagonally across from each other
  • Flip the holder over then cut the opposite 2 corners to give another faceted look
  • I then drilled 2 holes for the tealights with the forstner bit

Step 4: Spray on Finish

  • I used a spray on gloss lacquer to finish the holders
  • I sprayed on multiple coats with appropriate drying time between each layer
  • You will get a nicer smoother finish if you sand with a high grit sandpaper between each coat.

Step 5: Finised!!

I really enjoyed this simple project! Tealight holders are a great beginner project or a project for when time in your workshop is limited!

Please comment and let me know which type of holder you like best!

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    2 Discussions


    2 years ago

    What size of forstner bit is used for the tea lights?

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hey Jim its a 40mm (1.57") bit