When winter is approaching, if you have a fire place in your house, is frequent the habit to pay a visit to a lumber yard and buy a stock of wood logs to heat up the house. However, you can give the logs a totally new and cute functionality with few efforts, and turn them into candle sticks.
This is one of several guides we are creating according to decor themes and you will learn here how to make your own wood log candle sticks to match a rustic decor set theme.
Most of the hard work here is on nature to select a beautiful piece of wood, as well as your eye and taste to find a log that matches what you have in store for your decorative set.
Let’s get to it and learn how to make them very easily and safe.
Surfaces: Wood Log Candle Stick
Nature can create several beautiful shapes that set by themselves a style wherever the ecosystem they belong to. Wood logs are easily found on lumber yard stores but you can also have a walk in nature and spot your own for this job. The wood log stick though must be considerably thick to hold tin candles.
We are going to teach you though how to make an alternative for tin candle so you don’t have to purchase the specific candle which can sometimes be more expensive than common candles – because they include perfume or essences – but you will have to have a kind of candle, any kind of candle at least, for the DIY crafting here.
- Wood log
- Gouge and/or chisel
- Aluminum Paper
- Ruler and pencil or pen
- Optional: Drill and burrs for carving wood, tin candle
- To select the wood log, bear in mind you need something that can stand up on its own. Very curvy or thin wood logs are not proper for this task, but all you do not need to worry is about the edges because you can saw them to create a perfect cylinder. If you wish so you can add a saw or hacksaw to the list of materials. To avoid this extra work though, you can opt to stick to lumber yard purchased logs.
- Once you have selected your ideal log, you start the process to shape its outer looks. Some wood logs have beautiful barks with interesting, inspired patterns so is up to you to let it as it is. On the other hand, lumber yard logs are often very neutral, so you can carve the bark of the log with the gouge and chisel.
- Follow your instincts and do as much as you think is necessary to make it look beautiful. Leaving some traces of the bark behind gives it a special charm. If you do not have a gouge or chisel (the first is a type of the former) and doesn’t want to venture on using them, you can do the carving with any sharp big knife, beware though to be careful here. It is a work that demands some patience and care.
- Once you are finished carving the bark, you have to design the candle spot. Since we are talking about wood here, you need a surface that blocks the heat to avoid accidents. If you are going to use tin candles, you will need to carve the hole to fit it in, but since tin candles are round, you will require a drill with proper burrs to carve a circle in the wood, otherwise the process can be too laborious to fit the tin.
- The DIY way to create the candle spot requires less resources. We will draw in the wood a square, triangle, rectangle, or any other shape with straight lines. Use the ruler and the pencil or pen for it, this way it gets very easy to carve the hole with the gouge or the chisel (or the knife). Triangles here are particularly good and give it a mystical touch. Avoid though carving a hole way too deep, 4 to 5 inches deep is good enough.
- When the hole is finished, we are ready to polish the whole log. If you wish, you can use the sandpaper to give it a more smooth touch and to avoid wood splinters that can hurt you soon or later as you handle the object. Is not strictly necessary to sandpaper the hole as it can be difficult and it will be covered by the tin foil and the candle wax.
- Take a piece of the tin foil and fit it tightly to the hole to cover all the wood surface. It doesn’t have to be smoothly fit because it will be covered by wax, but is important to hide all the wood surface in the hole. Let a very tiny space in the upper edge of the hole uncovered with the tin foil though, cutting the excesses with a scissor. This way the finish of the tin foil cup is more seamless and looks more beautiful as we do NOT see it behind the wax. As the candle burns, this leaking wax will fade away.
- Now, apply varnish, as well, if you wish. For the upper surface, be careful to do not apply varnish inside the hole. The heat will damage the varnish and make it smell while the candle burns, and we don’t want the candle stinking at all.
- For the DIY version of this candle, cut a piece of the twine appropriate for the depth of the candle hole. Light the regular candle and, with some patience, let the melting wax dropping inside our just made tin foil cup. During this process, let the twine be middle centered with one hand while you hold the candle with the other. To avoid melting a candle for several minutes and get your hands tired is important to do not carve the hole too deep. For a 5 inches hole, the process will take around 10 minutes.
- Another way to fill in the hole is to simply melt the wax candle inside a proper pan for that job. It gets ready very fast, but it can create a more messy scenario – a pan that you will have to reserve solely for this use as wax is unwashable, as well as a spoon to stir it while it melts on low fire and a funnel to avoid the hot wax to dropping around spoiling the candle stick.
- When the hole is completely full, gently blow the wax to create a crust. Then you can let it sit and cold out on its own with the twine appropriately positioned center.
When you finish burning one of your candles, all you have to do is to remove the tin foil cup and add a new one.
And voila! You wood log candle is ready. Do not be shy improving it. If you go for the candle melting method, you can even add artificial colorants to the wax and scented oils. This is a whole different process of crafting candles and we are not covering here, but the possibility is out there! Also, you can cut in half the wood log and carve the candle spots on a horizontal disposition, as it looks even fancier and beautiful specially for bathroom ambients.
Also, you can create several tin foil candle cups at once, so when one of your candles is finished you can promptly replace it with another cup. Just note that is very important the use of the tin foil in case you forget about the candle and it burns out unseen. The last remains of the candle could set a fire in the wood log if you are not paying attention, so the tin foil works as a protective measure. You can as well subtitute it for anything else that block the flames from setting the wood alight.