DIY Tea Light Candle Holder Made From Wood Pallets


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I love making stuff from wood pallets. Some of you may remember the Wild West pallet wood cat house I featured here on the blog a few months back. That was made from free wood pallets I got from behind local stores, some wood glue, and a sheet of corrugated metal I bought at the store for a few bucks. The cat uses it each and every day, as both a place to get some shut-eye during the day and to keep warm at night if she’s out late. It’s great. But I digress.

This article will be another DIY project for you guys, but it will be much simpler (and even cheaper, if that’s possible) than the cat house was. For this project, I will again use wood pallets – who can pass on free wood? – to make a nice tea light candle holder for your dining table or mantel. Let’s get started.

First off, the supplies. You will need:

  • A wood pallet
  • A way to cut the pallets to size (I use my miter saw)
  • Wood glue
  • Spade drill bits (you could also use hole drill bits, but I prefer the spade kind)
  • Wood clamps
  • Sandpaper
  • Tea light candles

Once you have everything you need, it’s time to start building. Gather up a few pallet pieces and decide how high and how long you want to make your candle holder. I made mine about 11″ long and 2.5″ high. Stack up a few pieces and see how high you would like it to be:

wood pallet candle holder

wood pallet candle holder

Once you have that figured out, you will need to use wood glue and clamps to hold them together.

My glue of choice
My glue of choice



Don’t rush that step. I usually let things sit in clamps for days, just to be sure.

Once the glue has dried, you need to cut that block of wood down to size. I use my miter saw:

wood pallet candle holder

Now you have a solid block of pallet wood ready for drilling and sanding. Depending on the diameter of your tea lights, you will need to drill shallow holes into your “pallet block”. The candles I used were 1 1/2 inch, so I used a 1 1/2 spade drill bit (I own this set, which cost just $10 – Black & Decker 71-536 13 Piece 1/4-Inch to 1-1/2-Inch Spade Drill Bit Assortment) to make the holes.

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  1. I’ve seen a lot of things made from pallets, but seeing your candle holder I would never have guessed it was made with pallet wood. Turned out great.

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