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How To Make A Natural DIY Bleached Driftwood Candle Holder

Create something beautiful for your home by making a natural DIY bleached driftwood candle holder.

pieces of drfitwood for How To Make Natural DIY bleached Driftwood Candle Holder

Welcome to December’s Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop.

The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I chose to create a natural DIY driftwood candle holder.

The driftwood candle holder is a great way to bring a coastal feel to your home and recycle the natural woods laying around outside. If you are the love that natural beach vibe you’re in for a treat. These natural candle holders are super easy to make.

I’ve been spending a great deal of time walking each morning. I found these pieces of wood on one of my walks. You don’t have to be at the beach to find driftwood. You can find pieces in the parks, woods or around your neighborhood.

Look for fallen branches that have been laying around for years. It actually looks like driftwood that you find on the beach but it been worn by the natural elements from the environment. Look for ones that the top of the wood is relatively flat. That way you can drill evenly. Make sure you wear gloves when handling the wood. There are normally tiny bugs on them.

Supplies you will need for the driftwood candle holder.

  • Driftwood
  • Drill
  • Drill bit 1.1/2
  • Tea lights
  • Bleach
  • Pail

Start by cleaning the wood with bleach overnight. This will eliminate any bugs and creates a  beautiful pale wood. Use 2 cups of bleach in a pail. Cover the wood completely with water. Let soak overnight. Rinse and remove the wood and let dry in the sun.

drilling a hole in drftwood on How To Make Natural DIY bleached Driftwood Candle Holder.

How to create the candle holder hole for tea lights.

I absolutely love my RYOBI drill. For this project, you will need a drill bit that was 1 1/2 size. Its called a spade bit. Normally you need to purchase this separately. My drill did not contain one.

 You can drill as many holes as you like. I only wanted one hole for one tea light for this candle holder. Find the location of the hole you want to be drilled. The driftwood is a softwood so the hole will be created quickly. I drilled about 1/2 inch so the tea light will sit in the hole perfectly.

drilled holes in How To Make Natural DIY bleached Driftwood Candle Holder.

When your holes are complete. You are all set to place your candles. I tested it out that evening on my outdoor table. It looked and worked beautifully. These driftwood candle holders are safe to be used inside. No bugs and a balanced candle holder where it can sit upright and burn evenly. I love my bleached driftwood candle holder. To see my inspiration check this link.


How To Make Natural DIY bleached Driftwood Candle Holder.

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Let’s meet this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosts!Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene – My Pinterventures  •  Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts
Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz  •  Lynne – My Family Thyme  •  Pili – My Sweet Things
Bri – Halfpint Design  •  Julie – Sum of their Stories
Erin – The DIY Nuts  •  T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet
Beverly – Across the Boulevard •  Kristie – Love My Little Cottage
Roseann – This Autoimmune Life  •  Terri – Our Good Life
Ali – Home Crafts by Ali  •  Cherryl – Farm Girl Reformed
Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After •  Kelli – K’s Olympic Nest
Lauren – Mom Home Guide  •  Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey
Shirley – Intelligent Domestications  •  Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Audra –  Renewed Projects  •  Habiba – Craftify My Love
Kristie – Teadoddles •  Marie – The Inspiration Vault  •  Susan – Suzerspace
Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen •  Maria – Simple Nature Decor
Sam – Raggedy Bits  •  Emily – Domestic Deadline •  Marci – Stone Cottage Adventures
Alexandra – Eye Love Knots  •  Alayna – Alayna’s Creations
Terrie – Decorate and More with Tip

Stop by and see everyone’s project. It will sure get your created juices going.


  1. Very pretty tea light holder. It looks great for outdoor entertaining.

  2. I have a piece of drift wood that I kept for some reason, now I know why. I am going to do this with that piece. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Mother of 3 says:

    I just love this idea! Such a pretty tealight holder.

  4. I want to do this! These would make perfect gifts too. Pretty easy, affordable, and they look amazing.

  5. So pretty, Maria! Love that these are understated coastal pieces! Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!

  6. I absolutely love the look of your candle holders. I’ve been meaning to make some, too, as so many other things on my crazy crafty to do list. First, I need to write down a spade bit for my drill on my shopping list and I’ll make sure to pin your post as a mental note for that bleach tip. Sometimes it’s the simplest things you don’t think of yourself. I love the blogging world where we share our knowledge!

  7. These are so pretty and I love how you used it on your outdoor table. Thanks for the bleaching tip. Now I will be looking for driftwood when we go hiking this summer.

  8. They look great, so chic. I love the tip to bleach them, the lighter wood is beautiful.

  9. This is such a great way to bring driftwood into your decor Maria. Love how you’ve turned them into candle holders.

  10. This is such a great idea. Now I am going to be on the hunt for some driftwood. Love it.

  11. What a fabulous upcycle. They look like driftwood from the beach. Great for summer nights on the patio.

  12. I’m into coastal and beach things, so I love this idea! Such an easy project and something that can be done in and displayed in a day.

  13. I wish that I had access to a supply of driftwood, I see so many cool projects made using driftwood like your tealight candles. Love them!

  14. I love driftwood pieces. We don’t have a lot of it around here, but I look for at the shore all the time.

  15. I love driftwood, I’m always collecting it when we are at the lake. What a great way to use and display it.

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