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Candle Blocks

Introduction

You'll always be able to improvise a centerpiece with these candle blocks: Each face is drilled with a hole sized to fit a particular type of candle.

Materials

  • Electric drill
  • 4-by-4-inch cedar post
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Paint, stain or tung oil (to seal wood)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Start with a single 4-by-4-inch cedar post from a lumberyard or home center; cut it into 4-inch cubes.

  2. Step 2

    With an electric drill, make holes in the center of each side. Use a drill guide to bore a perpendicular hole, which will enable candles to stand straight and burn evenly.

  3. Step 3

    Bit sizes shown are gauged to standard candle thicknesses: 7/8-inch bit for a hand-dipped taper; 9/32-inch for a stick taper; 1 1/8- to 1 1/2-inch Forstner bit for tealights and large tapers (sizes vary slightly); 3/4-inch spade bit for a Shabbat candle; 15/32-inch bit for a Christmas-tree candle.

  4. Step 4

    Sand the rough edges with fine sandpaper; paint, stain, or seal wood with tung oil.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2001

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Reviews (6)

  • Dinsept 23 Feb, 2012

    Do Not do this, I did and the candle burnt down and caught the wood on fire. We had a little blaze that put black shoot on the wall which did wipe clean. But we could of had a big disaster if we left the candles unattended.

  • pt531 2 Dec, 2008

    I like like the dice idea.

  • Becky43 7 Oct, 2008

    My husband is making the Candle Blooks for our daughter and daughter-in-law.
    We will take them to Colorado with us at Christmas. Both girls really enjoy home-made gifts.

  • wildwoodlands 27 Sep, 2008

    when I did this, I made them into dice. The largest [filtered word] being the one, the second largest the two .... the smallest the six. I painted them white with black spots and varnished them well. They make a whimsical addition to my decor for the bachelors in my social circle.

  • mmsrjs 14 Dec, 2007

    EACH YEAR I SEARCH THROUGH MARTHAS SITE FOR HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS AND THIS ONE LOOKS LIKE IT IS IT FOR THIS YEAR. IT DOES LOOK WONDERFUL.

  • coleen 19 Nov, 2007

    Looks beautiful...and so easy to make also as a gift.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely Coleen