How to make tealight candle logs

Log + powerdrill = the perfect creative twist on tealight holders

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We can’t always have the campfire burning at the cottage, but we can recreate the feeling of burning logs with a simple tea light candle and a power drill.


  • Logs
  • Tea light candles
  • Foam brush
  • 1 ½ inch spade or forsner bit
  • Fast-drying polyurethane


Step 1:

Use a table saw to slice the ends off of each log.





Step 2:

Sand both ends for an even, level finish.





Step 3:

To make a place for the tealight candle, you can use a spade bit on a hand drill or a forsner bit for an even cleaner cut. Be sure not to drill the hole too deep.





Step 4:

Once you’ve drilled a hole, you are ready to coat the log with layers of fast-drying polyurethane.





Step 5:

Pour a little fast-drying polyurethane into a separate container to prevent wood dust from mixing into the rest of the polyurethane.





Step 6:

Apply about 8 coats of polyurethane to the log. Only apply one coat in the candle hole, otherwise the candle won’t fit.





Note: be smart about lighting candles, and never leave a burning flame unattended.





Tea light logs can be placed anywhere in the cottage, whether in a group, on their own, in a corner, or on the table. They are a great way to reflect in front of a fire without having to use the fireplace.

This article was originally published on June 3, 2005

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