Birch Pillar DIY Candle Holder

It’s mine and my husband’s anniversary this month, so I thought it was only fitting that I share this craft today.  We met in 2004, and then got married exactly one year later, on the day we met.  So, that’s nine years that we’ve been married, and ten years since we met.  Crazy how that seems like it was just yesterday and forever ago at the same time!  Happy anniversary to us!  So anyway, I made this pretty DIY candle holder out of a birch pillar.  I’ve always wanted to carve something into the side of a tree.  Guess this takes care of that urge.

DIY candle holder made from a birch pillar.

Supplies used:

  • birch pillar (found mine in the wood section of the craft store)
  • tealight candle
  • light brown colored pencil
  • knife
  • drill
  • 1 3/8 or slightly larger drill bit

Start by marking out the size of your tealight candle and drilling a hole in the top of your birch pillar.  You might need to rock the drill back and forth a little while drilling to get a good hole.

Birch Pillar DIY Candle Holder

Sketch the design onto the front of your birch pillar with a pencil.  You want it to look like it was carved spontaneously into the side of a tree, so it doesn’t need to be perfect.  Our initials are the same, so opted to just carve the first letters.  I considered carving the year we were married too, but didn’t get around to it.

Birch Pillar DIY Candle Holder

Carve your design with an old, dirty pocket knife. You know, to make it as authentic as possible.

DIY candle holder made from a birch pillar.

I wanted the design to show up a little bit more from a distance, so I shaded it in with a light brown (hazel) colored pencil.

DIY candle holder made from a birch pillar.

Put the candle in the top, and you’re done!

DIY candle holder made from a birch pillar.

These would make really pretty wedding decorations. You could even give one as a wedding or anniversary gift with the date carved into the bottom.

DIY candle holder made from a birch pillar.

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2 Responses to Birch Pillar DIY Candle Holder

  1. Happy Anniversary! Happy 9/10yrs! Love the candle. Very sweet, Jessica! I loved carved hearts on trees… I think this is even better. Bring the sentiment to the hearth or table. The colored pencil idea was great! 🙂

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