How to make tealight candle logs
Log + powerdrill = the perfect creative twist on tealight holders
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.
- Tea light candles
- Foam brush
- 1 ½ inch spade or forsner bit
- Fast-drying polyurethane
Use a table saw to slice the ends off of each log.
Sand both ends for an even, level finish.
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.
Once you’ve drilled a hole, you are ready to coat the log with layers of fast-drying polyurethane.
Pour a little fast-drying polyurethane into a separate container to prevent wood dust from mixing into the rest of the polyurethane.
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