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Hey everyone! It’s Lindi, back again from Love Create Celebrate! I hope you’re all happily recovering from he hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I know I usually need a few weeks before I’m fully functional again! I’m starting off the New Year with a few simple home decor projects, which includes these modern triangle tea light holders. If you have some scrap 2x4s lying around, you can make these!
I’ve shared a couple of other scrap wood projects on here before, including the simple white-washed ornaments and some square napkin rings, but I can’t help it! It’s so easy to create something beautiful from a discarded piece of wood!
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- Scrap 2×4″ board
- Mitre saw
- 5/16″ brad point drill bit
- 1 1/2″ Forstner bit
- Wood stain
Here’s how to make your own tea light candle holders:
Start by setting your mitre saw at a 45 degree angle. Cut straight from one corner on the 45. This will cut a triangle with two 3.5″ sides and a longer (almost 5″) hypotenuse (hello grade 9 math!).
Then you can bring your saw back to centre (90 degrees) and make a straight cut from the edge you just cut. This will cut a second triangle, exactly the same size as the first. Bonus of this project is that there is zero waste!
Keep repeating those steps until you have the number of triangles you want.
Use a speed square to draw a straight line in the centre of the triangle, then measure 1 1/8″ up from the flat edge of the line (above). This will be the centre that you drill into.
Drill a pilot hole into the centre that you just created using a 5/16″ brad point drill bit.
Then centre your foster bit over your pilot hole and drill down the height of a tea light. Ours was about the depth of the bit. If you use a drill press you can set it to the correct height. If you are using a drill, make sure the piece is clamped down well.
Finally, stain your candle holders in the wood stain of your choice :) I chose to use white wash and ebony stains because I love the contrast of black and white in my decor.
When I made these, I finished off my entire 2×4″ scrap board, which meant I had a few extras to give as gifts too. So far everyone who has received one has loved them!
Hope you liked the project! Would you use a different stain for yours? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Don’t let those cutoffs from bigger woodworking projects and home DIYs go to waste! Here are tons of ideas on how to reuse the scrap — you can make gifts, décor, and more!
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Hi! Sarah. What kind of stain do you recommend? I like to have an option.Thank you!
Depends on your preference, but I like Rustoleum and ZAR (walnut varieties and moorish teak are my favorites). For a light stain, a pickled oak would be really pretty.
Wow, this is nice but looks like a lot of hard wood work. Those drilling and carving. Oh boy, not sure, I can really pull that off. Maybe I will show someone the details and get the job done, but won’t get involved with the whole wood work
I don’t mean to sound so off or something like that, but it;s my honest opinion.