Boxwood Candle Holders

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Boxwood Candle 3

Once again I was inspired by one of my favorite little downtown shops in Dexter, Mi. BoxWood Cottage and Home of has the cutest home decor and I couldn’t help  but be inspired when I saw this awesome candle holder.In case you missed my Boxwood Lanterns be sure you check them out.  So here is my DIY version of the boxwood candle holder.

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How to build the boxwood candle holder

Step 1: Cut Wood

Using the miter saw, I cut the 3×3″ hobby board in various sizes between 3″ – 7″. I cut 2 at 3″, 3 at 4″, 1 at 5″, 1 at 6″, and 1 at 7″. Then cut 10 dowel pieces at 2″.

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Step 2: Drill Candle Holes

Before you being, be sure to mark the center. Mark the diagonal of the board to find center.

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We used the drill press, however you can use a drill and clamp down the board. Drill using the 1 5/8″ forester bit down to the top of the bit. It should be about 3/4″.
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Step 3: Drill holes for dowels

Before you start drilling be sure to layout our pattern for your boards. I used an X to mark the sides that needed to be drilled. You should have 4 boards with 3 holes and 4 outside boards with only 2 holes. Then mark 1″ up and 1 1/4″ in on each side of the board that will need a hole drilled. Using the 3/4″ drill bit, drill down to the top of the bit.

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Step 3: Sand and Finish

Using 150 grit paper sand the sharp edges and tops of the boards. Then stain boards and dowels. I used Varathane Carrington.

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Step 4: Glue Dowels into place

Place a small drop of wood glue into the holes and place dowels.

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I used a mallet to hit dowel into place, but once when candle holder is tougher you can push them into place easily.

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I love being inspired by local stores on the projects I create. We love how this one tuned out. It was a simple build that will make a great centerpiece on any table. Enjoy!

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Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • myositis

    I just bought my drill press a few days ago and this was the very first project I made as I wanted to start using up all my scrap, the only difference is adding the dowel. My only question is how is it fire retardant?

    • The tea light candles are self contained. Which keeps the fire from burning through the wood.

  • Kara

    I love these! I’m having a hard time drilling into the end grain of the wood with a 2″ bit. Smaller bits work but the 2″ just gets caught and stops. I’m new to this. Do you have any tips? Thanks in advance!