Tree Trunk Candle Holders

tree branch trunk candle votive holder  diy craft

Okay y’all….don’t you just love these?? I am so excited to share these tree trunk votive holders-they turned out exactly like I hoped ! (Don’t you love it when that happens?!)

About three weeks ago my husband was cutting down a few damaged trees in our backyard and I asked him to save me one of the small hardwood tree trunks with this project in mind.  Well as usual life (and that crazy stenciled wall!) intervened and I kept putting off the project.  So yesterday I finally decided enough was enough and I needed to get motivated so I carried my little pack of boys to Lowe’s to pick up a paddle drill bit and got to work!

tree trunk branch votive candle holder diy craft gift

I used my circular saw to chop the tree trunk into the heights I wanted then the 1.5″ paddle drill bit to drill the hole for the votive to sit in. It was really easy but did require a bit of muscle for drilling the hole.  A more heavy duty drill might have made that part easier, but ya gotta work with what you have, right?!

I think these would make really great gifts for Christmas or really any time of year, all for the cost of a drill bit (under $10) and votives! What do you think?

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    • Melissa says

      Brittany do you have a drill press? These would be SO easy to make with one-it took a lot of muscle and patience to create any kind of depth with my cordless drill even with the bit I had. Happy New Year to you too!

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  2. Laura says

    I was wondering if there is any special treatment you use on the wood to keep it from rotting or from drying and splitting or does it just acclimate?

    • Melissa says

      Laura I haven’t used anything special on them so far. My husband cut the trees down and I think it took me about a week to motivate to make the candleholders. I have them out on my front porch right now and they haven’t had any issues so far!

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