Making a Yule Log Candle Centerpiece
Hi friends today I am sharing a fun DIY craft on how to Make a Yule Log Candle Centerpiece for your holiday tables.
Hi Everyone, today I have joined up with some amazing bloggers to share some fantastic Christmas DIY Inspirations with you all this Christmas season organized by Leigh at Little by Little Home. If you’ve come over from Wendy At Lane and High, welcome happy to have you here to share in my DIY of Making a Yule Log Candle Centerpiece! This season I have themed my home on holiday Christmas carols, and my dining room was to the theme of Jingle Belles. While the song does not specifically call out a yule log, the snowy scene I created for my farmhouse table seemed to just call for a natural looking yule log, and who doesn’t love a little ambient candle light? This is how my Yule Log Candle Centerpiece idea was born.So to start this DIY the first thing you will need is some nice seasoned logs. We happened to have the perfect split log in our fire rack from last year, so I was able to skip the seasoning and debugging, which are all things you will need to do if you are using wood that is fresh. Mainly because you never want to put anything in the middle of a dining table that could potentially house bugs or critters of any kind. This basically is a Floral Designer Tip 101, from things you must never do.Now let’s talk about the tools you will need:
- 3/4″ Spade Drill Bit
Designer Notes: If your wood has not been dried or seasoned you will want to let it dry out for at least a week to two week and heavily spray it with a bug spray (like RAID, we use the pet safe version) prior to doing any work with it, or bringing it into your home. You can pre buy craft wood log at a craft store where this process has already been done for you.
The 3/4″ spade bit was the perfect fit for my particular pillar candles for a nice snug fit that would keep the candles from wobbling. You will want to check the candles you plan to use against the bit to verify the fit. Remember that a little bit of a smaller hole is ideal for a tighter fit on your candles, since the wax can chip away if needed. Next you will want to place split log onto a flat surface, you may need a clamp to hold the log in place or someone to hold the other end of the log while you drill. It has a tendency to want to spin or slide. The hole should be at least a 1/2″ inch deep to insure that your pillar candle will stand up and not tip over. You can drill deeper in if you wish, but make sure you have the depth to do so with the thickness of your log, so you do not inadvertently split it. At this point you can test a pillar to make sure you have a suitable depth with no wobble. This may also help you decided the placement for the rest of your candle holes too, although I do recommend removing the pillars prior to drilling. Once you have your placement, you can mark your layout with a pencil or marker, and do all your drilling at one time. Keep in mind that you want each of the holes to be level and perpendicular to the surface. The surface in question would be your actual table, so if you plan to stack the logs as I do, pre-stack the logs in their designed configuration to achieve a level final product.Also keep in mind that the rustic quality of this candle holder and centerpiece is part of its charm and beauty, so do not worry if a few lean a bit. For our table we lined the logs with a snow dusted garland and holly berries for a very natural rustic look.
- This project can even make a sweet little rustic menorah as well, for my friends out there that celebrate Hanukkah or celebrate Chrismukkah.
I hope you have enjoyed this DIY, be sure to check out all the creative ideas these amazing ladies have to offer this season. Now head over to my super creative friend Patti at Hearth and Vine to see her fantastic Fabric Christmas Tree DIY!
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