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Tea Light Candle Holders

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Tealight Candle HolderAfter
  • Estimated Project Time:

    5 Hours

  • Challenge Level:

    Intermediate

  • Tools & Supplies:

    • 3 Feet of 2-3"-Thick Stock Wood Material
    • Miter Saw or Radial Arm
    • Pencil
    • 1 5/8" Forstner Drill Bit
    • Drill Press
    • Sandpaper: grits 120, 180, 220
    • Rag or Paintbrush
    • Blue Painter’s Tape
    • Tea Lights
Tealight Candle Holder After

  1. Crosscut stock wood material into equally sized squares with a miter saw or radial arm—the total number of squares is your preference.
  2. Mark the center of the top of each piece (end grain side) with a pencil.
  3. Using the 1 5/8" Forstner bit, drill into each cube to a depth of approximately 3/4" or standard tea light height (16mm).
  4. Sand all pieces with progressive sandpaper grits, 120/180/220.
  5. Apply two coats of wood stain with a rag or paintbrush, and allow it to dry.
  6. Section off areas of the cubes (in a preferred geometric pattern) with painter’s tape.
  7. Apply two coats of spray paint, and allow it to dry for 24-48 hours.
  8. Carefully remove painter's tape.
  9. Apply two light coats of urethane, allow it to dry, then place a tea light in each hole.