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Last month Paula and I had the awesome opportunity to go to Texas and present at Pinners Conference. We taught a class on how to make these DIY Fall Wooden Candlesticks and it was awesome. It was our first time ever presenting a class like this and we had the best time and we had the best class ever. We had a stupidly frustrating incident with what we’re assuming was Texas humidity striking and they were so sweet about it it literally brought tears to my eyes. Everything they say about Texas people being awesome was proven over and over and over again to us.
Our whole awesome class of the best people ever!
To make these DIY Fall Wooden Candlesticks yourself you’ll need a 4″x 4″ post and you’ll need that post cut to 5″, 7″, and 9″ (from one post you’ll be able to make multiple sets so I suggest having a crafting night and divvy up the supplies needed). If you purchase from like Home Depot or Lowes if you ask they’ll cut it for you, sometimes they charge a small fee, sometimes they don’t, you’ll have to check with your store.
We are so thankful to have had our wood sponsored for our class by Arauco N. A. we use so many of their products especially their MDF, it was so awesome to work with them. If you want to find out where you can find their great products in your area click here.
Before you get to painting you need to find the center of the top of your block. This is easily done by using a ruler and drawing a light line from corner to corner and where they cross is your center. You’re going to drill a hole into the top of your block. To fit a tealight candle you want to use a 1.5″ Spade Bit that looks like this:
Once it’s cut and you’ve got your holes drilled, using a sanding block or sandpaper smooth out all the surfaces.
There are different painting steps for each different pumpkin. You’re going to start off painting your 5 and 7 inch candlesticks orange and your 9 inch candlestick cream (we used Craft Smart brand paint and the colors are vanilla and dark orange). Once they’re dry you’re going to paint another coat of orange on your 7 inch candlestick.
While you’re waiting for that second coat to dry you are going to use your 3/4″ circle vinyl stickers and place them in a random pattern on the 5 inch candlestick. For the 9″ candlestick you’re going to use painter’s tape (we used 1.41″ painter’s tape) and started from the bottom spacing the tape 1.41″ apart.
For both the circles and the stripes to help keep the lines/edges crisp apply a thin layer of paint over the circles/tape the same colors as the base. Because the layer should be really thin it will dry fast. After that paint the entire 5 inch candlestick cream and the entire 9 inch candlestick orange. You’ll want to make sure they’re covered well but not too heavy. Before the paint dries remove the vinyl stickers and the tape. Once everything is dry distress as needed with sanding block or sandpaper. You want to make sure the paint it totally dry before sanding or you’ll get a smeared look not a distressed look.
(Lots of 3/4″ stickers, drilled holes, stickers on top of orange paint, thin layer of orange over stickers, cream paint over tape to seal edges, orange paint over tape)
To finish off the trio of Fall Wooden Candlesticks we used some faux leaves and twine. Love the way it all looks together and loved getting to do this fun craft with so many amazing people in Texas.