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DIY Scrap Wood Candle Holders in a Few Easy Steps

What to do with pieces of scrap wood? Turn them into home decor! These DIY wooden candle holders are easy to make, easy to customize.

Skills Required: Intermediate Beginner. This is a very easy project, but as a Mod Podger you might not have experience with tools. I recommend having used tools to make these – or have someone else cut the wood for you.

DIY wood candle holders

Hi, it’s David from Cheltenham Road and I have a scrap wood problem.

Well, scrap wood may not be the problem – the actual problem may be my unwillingness to throw away even the smallest scrap of scrap wood because “I MIGHT NEED IT!!!!!”

So, as the piles of little pieces of wood grow in my garage so too does my need to figure out something to do with them and, lately, I’ve been playing around with making scrap wood candle holders. I thought I’d share one of my ideas.

If you like wood crafts, this will be for you. Learn how to decorate candle holders with paper and Mod Podge below!

Wood, Mod Podge Outdoor, glue, and paper

DIY Wooden Candle Holders

For this project I used:

First up I cut my scrap plywood into squares using my chop saw.

  • the base square was 4.5 x 4.5 inches
  • the second square was 3.5 x 3.5 inches
  • the third top square (2.5 x 2.5 inches) is the one that holds the candle and for that I needed to drill a hole in the middle. I used my drill press and a 3/4″ Forstner bit.

I do realize, however, that not everyone has access to that particular piece of machinery. So, this step can easily be done with a basic electric drill as long as you take proper precautions.

It would be tough to hold or clamp the small 2.5 x 2.5 square in place while you drilled through it. So, before you cut the plywood down to size, mark the size of the final square and mark the center.

Wood clamped down to a table with clamps

Place the marked plywood on top of a piece of scrap wood and clamp them both to your worktable.

Drilling down into wood with a Forstner bit

Then, wearing eye-protection, carefully drill through the center using a 3/4″ Forstner (shown) or spade bit. After you’ve drilled the hole you can cut the piece down to size.

I gave each piece a good sanding and then painted them out with white craft paint and, after they dried, gave them another light sanding just to smooth out any rough spots.

Painting the edge of a piece of wood with white paint using a paint brush

I had cut my scrapbook paper down to size and I used Matte Mod Podge to attach it to the wood blanks.

Applying Mod Podge to a painted piece of wood using a foam brush

Once the paper had dried I trimmed away any excess paper from my wooden candle holders. Then I went back in with my craft knife and trimmed out the hole in the top block.

Cutting away the paper from the hole using a craft knife

I glued all three blocks together using super glue and then sealed everything with Mod Podge for a good, durable finish.

Wooden candle holders DIY

So, I think there are about a million variations that one could do with these wood candle holders.

DIY wood candle holder

The scrap wood could be cut into circles or rectangles.

Diagram of a wooden candle centerpiece

You could create a wooden candle holders centerpiece using one long block with varying height raised sections. The paper could be coordinated for wedding colors, Christmas wrapping paper etc etc.

With these wood candle holders I think I may have stumbled upon a fun and easy way to use up all those scraps! See!!!??? I’m not crazy! I DID need them!!!!!!!

Yield: 1 candle holder

Wood Candle Holders

DIY wood candle holder

Learn how to make wooden candle holders using scraps! This DIY project is simple and you can customize it to any style.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Dry Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • Outdoor Mod Podge
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Scrap plywood
  • Sandpaper
  • White craft paint
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Super glue


  • Chop saw or hand saw
  • Drill press or electric drill
  • 3/4″ Forstner bit or spade bit
  • Clamps
  • Craft knife


  1. Cut the scrap plywood into three squares: the base should be 4.5", the second square 3.5", and the third square 2.5".
  2. Cut a recession into the top square to fit your candle - I used a drill press and 3/4" Forstner bit to drill a hole all the way through the center of the top piece.
  3. Sand the rough edges from each piece of wood and remove the dust with a tack cloth.
  4. Paint with white acrylic paint or the color of your choice; let dry.
  5. Cut the scrapbook paper to size, and use Mod Podge to attach to the tops of the wood pieces. Let dry.
  6. Trim away excess paper (including in the candle hole) with a craft knife.
  7. Glue all three blocks together using super glue and then seal everything with Mod Podge. Let dry overnight before using.


It may be easier to cut the hole in the 2.5" square piece of wood before you cut it out, so that you can easily clamp it down.

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If you like these DIY candle holders, I’ve got some other projects I think you’re going to love:

Andrea Friedell

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

Like you, I have pieces of wood that I dare not throw away! How clever to drill before you cut... I'd have never thought of that! And that's a Forstner bit? I have that. Didn't know what it was for! I also have every Dremel tool known to mankind, and "ordinary" saws, like a scroll saw and a circular saw. I have made little houses from scrap, and last week I made a sort of case/bookcase shelf thing to hold long boxes of my parchment craft inventory. Pieces I don't have, Home Depot will happily cut for me.

Thanks for the idea. Now if I can only get the ModPodge to lay flat.....

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