DIY: Thanksgiving and Harvest Log Candle Holder Centerpiece
Have you ever spotted a decorative item at a specialty store that was so simple to make, yet it costs an arm and a leg? That is how I felt about a Thanksgiving and Harvest Log Candle Holder Centerpiece that I spotted at a store recently. We had so many logs in our yard after trimming a maple tree that I knew that my husband could easily re-create my log candle holder–so I wasn’t ready to just fork over that kind of money just yet!
For this surprisingly easy, DIY project, my husband used a 4″, seasoned maple tree log that was about 12″ in length. He kind of eyeballed three even spots on the log where we would insert long taper candles. He used a drill to hallow out two inch, 7/8″ (diameter) circle shaped holes. They fit the taper candles perfectly, and allow them to stand tall in a pretty straight fashion.
Our Thanksgiving and Harvest Log Candle Holder Centerpiece can actually be easily transformed into a Christmas Centerpiece as well with the right trimmings along side it. We took our demo pictures outside on the picnic table, but our centerpiece will be inside on our main dining table. I love the rustic charm, and feel of this piece, and the fact that it can be very versatile.
To complete this easy DIY: Thanksgiving and Harvest Log Candle Holder Centerpiece, here are the tools you will need:
- 7/8″ Spade Drill
- 12-18 inch long, about 4 inches in diameter
- 3 taper candles
- Faux Decorative Fall Leaves, pine cones and Acorns-We received our’s from Oriental Trading Company for a very good price. We did receive a stipend from them for review purposes, but paid into our order a bit. We were able to get a bunch of crafting and decor supplies for a little over $50. So far, the quality has been great! I still prefer a more realistic looking faux leaf , but these work, and were pretty cheap!
- Table Runner, or place mat; something with a harvest feel
You should always use proper safety attire. Wear eye protection, and do not wear baggy clothing when drilling. You will need a 7/8″ spade drill to hallow out three 2 inch deep holes in your log. Be sure to mark them with a white pencil so that you drill them somewhat evenly.
After you drill your holes, clean out the pockets.
Your standard sized taper candles should fit snugly in the holes
Place your log on a place mat or table runner, and sprinkle your leaves, acorns, and pine cones about. This will truly give your Thanksgiving and Harvest Log Candle Holder Centerpiece a primitive, and rustic charm. For around $15 you can get a piece that costs upwards of $50!
If you are lucky, you could even find your own acorns, and pine cones. I would spray them with some sort of crafting sealer because last year I used real acorns, and worms came out of them…eww!