Making a Yule Log Candle Centerpiece

A Yule Log Centerpiece JENRON DESIGNS

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.A Yule Log Centerpiece DIY JENRON DESIGNSSo 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.Making A Yule Log Centerpiece JENRON DESIGNSNow let’s talk about the tools you will need:

  • Drill
  • 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.

Proper Tools for a Yule Log Centerpiece JENRON DESIGNSThe 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. Drill Bit for a Yule Log Centerpiece JENRON DESIGNSNext 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.  Drilling Holes Yule Log Centerpiece JENRON DESIGNSThe 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. Getting the Depth Right Yule Log Centerpiece JENRON DESIGNSAt 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.  Adding Candles for Yule Log Centerpiece JENRON DESIGNSOnce 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.Even Spaces for a Yule Log Centerpiece JENRON DESIGNSAlso 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.

Making A Yule Log Centerpiece DIY JENRON DESIGNS

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!

Hearth and Vine / Leigh at Little by Little Home / the Gal Down the Road

The Homemaking Momma / Emily’s Project List / Twelve on Main

Recreated Designs / Roots and Boots / At Lane and High / Jenron Designs


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DIY Yule Log Candle Centerpiece JENRON DESIGNS



  1. Jen, this is right up my alley. I so love working with natural elements. What a gorgeous centerpiece. And, I think it could work well at a wedding or other special occasion.

  2. Bree

    Such a beautiful and unique centerpiece! Love it!

  3. I love this idea! So simple and festive. My kids would love this.

  4. Floral Designer 101 of what not to do, that make me laugh! I love the way the wood looks against the white table runner. Such a beautiful contrast! I always love your table decor, so pretty!

  5. Jen this turned out absolutely beautifully! It is stunning on your wood table and I am completely in love with it <3 How gorgeous!!

  6. Digitaldaybook

    Wow got a little intimidated when I saw the drill but the results are so perfect!

  7. Shar

    As usual, I enjoyed your helpful, well-illustrated DIY hacks! So timely for the holiday season as well.

  8. Karletta

    Stunningly beautiful as always. I would be delighted to sit at this table. As a side point when I first saw the post and image, I imagined those logs were made of chocolate and would double up for an interactive desert experience – Heston Blumenthal style.

  9. Shirley Wood

    This is a great DIY Everything is gorgeous in your dining room including your tree. That table runner is stunning!

  10. I love this project and everything you post. Making a candle centerpiece looks fun and interesting and the end result looks stunning.

  11. this is so beautiful! The entire table is just filled with holiday beauty! Would you suggest any other option aside from raid? I worry about having something soaked in chemicals near the table and/or food.

  12. Oh yes, it was just what we had on hand but any bug repellant should be fine. I go with ones that are pet safe to protect my animals. It is actually kitchen safe and uses essential oils, as far a soaking into your table, if you are concerned with that I would put a runner under it as I did to prevent any rings or staining, but keep in mind the wood should really be completely dry first.

  13. Jen,
    I love that you have a Christmas carol theme. So fun! And this DIY is so festive!

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  17. Elizabeth

    I look forward to all the blog articles you share. They are so easy to read, understand and implement. Such articles help me make an informed decisions like which striped cloth napkins I need to buy for my family that will hold up and how to make easy DIY’s like this one!

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