Easy DIY Rustic Wood Candlesticks

May 20, 2015

I've been seeing rustic wood candlesticks all over the place lately.....on blogs, in magazines, displayed on Fixer Upper.....and I knew they were something that I wanted to DIY.  Some are tall.  Some are chunky.  Some are painted.  Some are wood.  But they all are fabulous!

My original idea for making them did not work, but I kept trying and ended up with a project that is even better (and easier) that I had originally planned.

These dark stained candlesticks are readily available at thrift stores and antique shops.  I've amassed quite a collection of them for craft projects and had planned on painting them for whatever project I decide to use them for.  They all have a nice shape, but I'm not too much of a fan of the finish and some of them aren't in great condition.

But after starting my candlestick creating experiment, it dawned on me that much like furniture, the dark looking stain can just be sanded off leaving a beautiful rustic wood.  

It is a little messy and takes some time, but doesn't that bare wood look fantastic?!?!  

Maybe that look isn't your style, but then the candlesticks could be painted any color you'd like.  Distress or leave the painted finish untouched.

After removing the finish, the only other step to creating these super simple DIY candle sticks is to glue two of them together.  For this set, I chose to glue the open ends of two candlesticks together to form a flat topped pillar candle holder.  You can also glue the base of one candlestick on top of the open end for a taper candle holder.  

Want a really tall candle holder?  Glue three candlesticks together. 

You just need to make sure that what you glue together gives you a secure and stable connection.  

To make this pair of candle holders, I chose to use two matching candlesticks on the top with unmatched ones on the bottom of each.  One of the base candlesticks was taller than the other, so it created a pair of candle holders that were two different heights.  

The possibilities are practically endless with what you can create.

Aside from the time it took to sand off the stained finish, this project was completed in just a few minutes.  And I couldn't be more thrilled with the result.  What do you think?

Tomorrow is our Your Turn to Shine party, but I'll be back on Friday to show you the mantel I've put together for summer using my new candlesticks.  Hope to see you back here then!

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