Upcycled Large DIY Candle Holders from Old Table Legs

How to Make Upcycled DIY Wood Candle Holders

The old table legs for these upcycled large candlesticks are a gift from one of my very best friends.  He is an antique dealer with 40 plus years of woodworking experience restoring high end antiques.  Every once in awhile I am able to go visit him, ooh and awe at what hes making and and share some time in his wood shop.  Its one of my favorite places to hang out.

His shop is full of high end antiques in various stages of restoration, his latest project is a old child’s sleigh from the mid 1800s, and a wall high cabinet full of dozens of individual dove tailed drawers. (sigh). While sitting in dovetail and carved wood heaven I noticed a large box of odd antique table legs.  I was excited about them he was generous enough to offer as many as I liked, and being polite I managed to hold myself to asking for four of them.  I did explain I was going to paint them, and received permission as they are spare parts.

Supplies for Making Large DIY Candle Holders

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2 wood plaque discs about 5″ across

2 4″ terracotta pot plates

2 matching table legs

Sandpaper, utility knife


Binz primer

Gorilla Glue

E-6000 glue

White paint (I used Fusion Picket Fence)

How to Make DIY Candle Holders


Start by washing the wood off really well with TSP. Making sure to remove any built up gunk in the crevices and hollows.  Using 120 grit sandpaper buff off any right edges or slivers.

Shorten the metal pegs in the legs to match the bottom of the purchased wood pedestal.  Line the wood pedestal with the bottom of the table leg and using a jigsaw trim any excess bolts.

Cutting a metal bolt for `

If your table legs happen to have drill holes and no bolts, I suggest using precut little wood dowels instead.

If you don’t have a bolt already part of your table leg,  just skip this step.

Attaching the Wood Base to the Candle Holders

Find the center of your wood platform, measure across the center in two directions and mark where the two lines meet to find center .  Using a 3/8 inch wood bit, drill out the middle of the wood platform, leaving a hole in the center of the wood plaque.

Marking and drilling a central hole for making a DIY candle holder platform.

Once you have the first wood plaque done, use it as a template and drill the hole in the center of the second plaque.

Using an already drilled round wood plaque as a template for drilling a second plaque.

Cover the bottom of the wood table leg with wood glue.

Using wood glue to attach a wood plaque to the bottom of a wood table leg while making DIY candle holders.

Attach the wood disc to the table leg.

Attaching a wood plaque to the bottom of a table leg while making a floor sized DIY Candle Holder.

Make sure it is as centered as possible.  Flip the candle holders over, apply something for weight and let dry.  (Of course I forgot to take a picture of the table legs to start with, but you can see in this picture what they looked like before priming and painting)

Adding weight to the top of a DIY candle holder to allow the glued base to dry.

Attaching the Top of the New Candle Holders

My first thought was to attach a matching wood disc both the top and bottom of each table leg. I bought the last two wood discs I could find, and unfortunately I was not able to locate anymore at Michael’s.

I finally decided to substitute by using terracotta pot saucers for the top of the candle holders and I am thrilled with how it turned out.  The paint finish looks the same on the pottery as it does the wood, I didn’t have to worry about it.

To attach the terracotta pot bases use E6000 glue, apply it evenly along the top of the table leg.  Let dry thoroughly.

Once dry check for any glue drips on the outside of the candle, remove them with either a  sharp utility knife or sandpaper.

Painting the Large DIY Candle Holders

Paint the outside of your candle first with one coast of white Binz primer. Let dry.  I was still wondering if the texture of the terra cotta would look different, it still looked a little different after painting with the primer.

Two built wood DIY candle holders primed with Binz primer in white.

Repeat with two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Picket Fence, or other white latex paint you like. Let dry between coats.

Two large floor sized candle holders in white sitting on a fireplace.

Don’t you love how large these candle holders are?  I don’t even want to think about how much they would be to buy.  They are one of those things I ooh and awe over at the gift shop and then wish I had a bigger budget.

For now I am going to place these white candle holders on each side of our fireplace screen.  The extra bit of white helps brighten up the dark black screen.  Once we turn the fireplace on I will need to move the real candles to the side of the heat source, but for now they are staying just like this.

Two tall floor sized DIY candle holders flanking the front of a fireplace.

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One Comment

  1. Julie Briones says:

    Well, I think these are just gorgeous, Leanna! Perfect for your home, and I would LOVE a set! Pinned!

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