Tea Light Centerpiece

We been looking for ideas for a fall centerpiece for some time now. The other day we spotted a great idea on the Pottery Barn fall decorating page for a simple tea light centerpiece. As stated by Pottery Barn, “In place of a wood-burning fire, a series of candles makes a compelling – and eco-friendly – spectacle of light.” I could’t agree more. Possibly the best free piece I’ve made thus far. We hope you enjoy!

Tea Light Centerpiece | Free Plans | Rogue Engineer

Tea Light Centerpiece | Free Plans | Rogue Engineer

Inspiration from Pottery Barn

Tea Light Centerpiece | Free Plans | Rogue Engineer

Tea Light Centerpiece | Free Plans | Rogue Engineer

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Tools Required


  • Drill
  • 1-1/2″ Forstner Bit
    • Note: This link is to the smaller Ryobi Forstner bit set but you actually need the larger bit set that includes the 1-1/2″ Forstner Bit, which I could not find anywhere on the internet. However, I do know HD has this set because I bought it myself.
  • Miter Saw

Materials


  • Qty 1     2 x 6 (I used scrap wood)
  • Qty 22   Tea Lights

Cut List


  • 2 x 6 x 34.5″

Tea Light Centerpiece Plans


Step 1: Beat the crap out of your board

No really, I used a brick but you can use whatever makes you happy. I sanded it first. Not sure why, but I did. Then we took turns beating the heck out of it because, although fun, it gets tiring slinging that brick around.

Tea Light Centerpiece | Step 1

Sand your 2×6

Tea Light Centerpiece | Step 1

Beat the crap out of it.

Tea Light Centerpiece | Step 1

Take that wood!


Step 2: Drill your holes

Using the 1-1/2″ forstner bit I bored a hole to a depth approximately equal to the depth of the tea lights. Oddly enough this is about the same depth of the cutting portion of the forstner bit itself which made it really easy.

Tea Light Centerpiece | Step 2

Tea Light Centerpiece | Step 2

Ryobi Forstner Bit Set

Tea Light Centerpiece | Step 2

Mark your holes

Tea Light Centerpiece | Step 2

Drill 1-1/2″ hole to appropriate depth


Finishing


After giving the centerpiece a nice sanding to remove all the debris and rough patches it was ready for stain. Jamie opted to go for a finish that we saw at Rustoleum this past week which was dabbing on different stain colors and blending them together. I think it turned out great. She opted to go with Kona, Wheat and Carrington for this mixture.

Tea Light Centerpiece | Finishing

Tea Light Centerpiece | Finishing


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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  • Cindy Scarborough

    Love this! Practicing with my forstner bit and the tea light is really really snug. Like smash it in the hole snug. Did you experience this? Ikea tea lights. Thx!

    • Cindy, mine fit pretty good, maybe a little snug in some cases but not what your experiencing. I got my tea lights from the local grocery store. Maybe try wobbling the bit around a little when your drilling to open up the hole just a tad more.

  • Cindy Scarborough

    Thanks Jamison! One more question. To keep the two rows of holes straight, did you draw pencil lines? I measured carefully and marked a dot for the center of each hole, but ended up with not quite straight rows! May just need more practice. Thanks again.

    • No problem! I just laid out a ruler as my straight edge and used a fine tipped sharpie to mark.

  • Casey

    The hyperlink to the Forster bit set is the wrong size set. It’s largest bit is 1 3/8. Maybe that’s why the person above is having trouble getting them to fit. FYI

    • I remember why I did that now. Because that larger bit set is no where to be found on the internet. Thanks for the heads up though. I added a note about the issue.

  • myositis

    I made the same mistake and bought the smaller Forsner bit set, Home Depot has the larger but quite a bit more expensive, $39 vs $19. They are so much better than the spade or hole drill though. As of today I am using a drill press which makes it so fast and easy, I love all the ideas as I like to add my own touch to them, Thanks for sharing!

    • The drill press defiently makes things a lot easier!

  • myositis

    As I don’t feel 100% safe using candles near wood I purchased the battery operated ones from the Dollar Tree and they look and work great on two AAA batteries. They have the tea light and tall ones.