DIY - How to Make a Set of Tree Stump Candle Holders for the Holidays

Sep 25, 2018
Home Decor


Welcome to Flare Furnishings' ultimate guide on how to create your own set of beautiful tree stump candle holders for the holidays! This detailed step-by-step tutorial will help you add a touch of natural elegance to your festive decorations. Whether you are a craft enthusiast or looking for a unique centerpiece, these candle holders are sure to impress.

Materials You Will Need

  • A selection of tree stumps in various sizes
  • Hand saw
  • Drill with a forstner bit set
  • Sandpaper (various grits for smooth finish)
  • Paint or wood stain (optional)
  • Paintbrush or sponge
  • Candles of your choice

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Gather Your Tree Stumps

Begin by collecting a selection of tree stumps. Look for stumps that vary in size to create an interesting visual display. You can visit local parks, tree removal services, or even your own backyard to find suitable stumps. Ensure they are dry and have been properly cleaned.

Step 2: Prepare the Tree Stumps

With your hand saw, carefully trim the tree stumps to your desired height. Keep in mind the height of candles you plan to use. Sand the cut edges to achieve a smooth finish. Once done, wipe off any excess sawdust.

Step 3: Drill Holes for the Candles

Next, take your drill with the forstner bit set and choose a bit slightly larger in diameter than the candles you have chosen. Mark the center of each stump and drill a hole approximately 1-2 inches deep. Be cautious and ensure the holes are straight and level.

Step 4: Sand and Refine the Tree Stumps

Using sandpaper of varying grits, sand the entire surface of each tree stump. Start with a coarse grit to remove any roughness, then progress to finer grits for a smoother finish. Pay attention to the edges and corners, making sure they are well-sanded. Wipe away any debris before moving on.

Step 5: Optional Paint or Stain

If desired, add a personalized touch to your candle holders by painting or staining them. Choose a color that complements your holiday decor. Apply a thin coat of paint or wood stain using a paintbrush or sponge, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. Feel free to experiment with different finishes, such as distressed or metallic effects.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Once the paint or stain has dried completely, inspect each candle holder for any rough spots or imperfections. Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas if necessary. Finally, insert the candles into the drilled holes, ensuring a snug fit.


Congratulations! You have successfully created a set of stunning tree stump candle holders for the holidays. These unique and rustic pieces will add warmth and charm to your home decor. Experiment with various sizes and finishes to create a truly personalized display. Don't forget to ensure candle safety and supervise when lit. We hope this guide has inspired you to embrace your creativity and make the most of natural materials when decorating for the holidays.

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Sonny Williams
Great idea for holiday decor!
Oct 8, 2023