Tree Trunk Candle Holder

Here at the Nerd Nest we’re teaming up with Allie from Alexandra Rae Designs to bring you 12 Days of Christmas (Projects)! It’s our goal to create 12 projects each for Christmas decor, gifts, and memory keeping by the 25th. That means you’ll get 24 DIY tutorials this month! Wohoo!

12 Days Of Christmas (Projects)

We had to trim off the trunk of our Christmas tree a little (and by we, I mean Poppy and Jake, because I’m not allowed so much near things that can remove my clumsy fingers) and we were left with a tiny little stump. It’s pretty. I couldn’t let that go to waste, right?

What can you do with a little tree trunk? Put a candle in it? Yes, let’s do that.

Tree Trunk Candle Holder

Here’s what you need: a little tree stump, an electric drill, a candle (non drip), and a wood boring bit the same diameter as your candle (we used 1/4 inch).

Tree Trunk Candle Holder

Take your supplies outside so the wood fluff doesn’t get everywhere and you don’t ruin the surface you’re working on if you accidentally drill too far. Find the center of your tree trunk and start drilling away.

Tree Trunk Candle Holder

Keep going until you’re about halfway through the trunk. Knock out the wood fluff as you go.

Tree Trunk Candle Holder

Stick your candle in there.

Tree Trunk Candle Holder

Voila! We didn’t saw the top level, but left it all jagged and such. It’s up high, so that’s fine with us. But you could smooth, sand, and wax yours if you want it to look super duper fancy.

Tree Trunk Candle Holder

Oh, how I love the texture.

Tree Trunk Candle Holder

Our tree trunk candle holder is sitting atop a shelf along with other Christmas pretties, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to use it as part of our centerpiece for the Christmas dinner we’re having at our house on Friday.

Tree Trunk Candle Holder

I’m thinking this is going to be a tradition. Before we put the tree trunk candle holder away, we’ll write the year on the bottom. We can have one for every year! They’ll look so cool all together at different heights. I wish I’d thought of this last year, when we had our first real tree.

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to check out the other 12 Days Projects and post to the Flickr Group if you make something inspired by one of them!