Making Wood Candles and Ornaments

I have seen a lot of different ways to use wood to make ornaments and candle holders using old firewood and logs. I like the rustic and natural look of the wood so I’m going to make some ornaments, cedar candle holders and candles using wood covered containers.


These were left over cedar pieces from making the wood slices and other projects.

I clamped the wood and drilled with an 1 1/2″ bit to the depth of a votive candle.

I then sanded and varnished the top only. After the varnish dried, I added the votive candles.

Now they are ready to display.


I wanted to make a few candles for Christmas, but I wanted something rustic. I used soy wax and added pumpkin wax scent.

I purchased these birch wrapped containers of various sizes, and I used these to make Christmas candles.

Let the candle wax hardened over night. Cut the wick to desired length and now they are ready to display.


I used fresh cedar and aged oak firewood to make the ornaments.

I first cut the wood into 1/4- 1/2″ slices. I chose a width of about 4-5 inches. This size is easy to cut.

I then drilled a small hole for the hanger. I then sanded each slice for a smooth finish in front and back. I left the outer ring natural.

I then hung the slices up and spray painted with clear gloss to bring out the natural color in the wood.

After they were dry, I was ready to finish decorating them.

I then glued these rusted cut metal snowflakes on the wood. I applied some Elmers glue and white glitter to each snowflake.

Once the glue is dried then I added a wire hanger and they are ready to use.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Very cool ideas! I have an old candle making book I want to use and that idea of adding scented wax into a good base like soy or beeswax is a great idea.

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    1. SW says:

      Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun and really an easy project! And adding the scented waxes was an easy way to get the scents you like! I’m actually making some citronella candles in small terracotta pots for outdoors. They’re really cute and hopefully keep the pest away on the patio! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


  2. These are awesome!

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    1. SW says:

      Thank you so much Diane! I love fun Christmas projects and it’s definitely my favorite holiday! So happy you liked them! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  3. You are very talented and these are lovely. Very simple yet elegant. Thank you for sharing. I feel very inspired to make my own now.

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    1. SW says:

      Thank you so much Martina for the wonderful comment. I think you would definitely love making these!


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