Pierced Wood Candle Holder for Halloween

It’s time to share another project created with the help of power tools.  This month’s theme for our Power Tool Challenge Team  is Frightful.

Power Tool Challenge for October - Frightful Theme

I really enjoy coming up with a project to match each month’s theme.  For August the theme was jigsaw and I made dog shaped sign for my classroom door.  My poor sign has already had to have surgery!  A student accidentally knocked the sign off my door breaking my dog’s head off.  A quick trip to the “hospital” (my work shop) where I performed surgery (with wood glue and a clamp) solved this problem.

For September’s Fall challenge, I created a clock that is now hanging in our kitchen.


It’s now October and I created Pierced Wood Candle Holders for this frightful challenge.

Pierced Wood Candle Holders for Halloween. Learn how to make your own. virginiasweetpea.com

Combined with a orange and white chevron table runner and a semi-scary centerpiece, my candle holders make a great display for my kitchen table.

Pierced Wood Candle Holders for Halloween. Make your table look frightfully spectacular!


The holes drilled into the sides of the candle holders make pretty patterns of light to enjoy when the candles are lit at night.  It looks like the insides of the holders are painted with gold paint but they aren’t, the paint is black with liquid wax applied over the top.

Pierced Wood Candle Holders for Halloween. This is an easy DIY!

I’m frightfully thrilled with this project!  Mr. SP and I made two candle holders in under an hour.  Painting and waxing took extra time, but all-in-all this project was completed fairly quickly.


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Materials Used to Make a Pierced Wood Candle Holder

1/4” x 6” x 4” Poplar Board  (I purchased mine at Lowe’s)

Forstner Bit Set

Wood Glue

Clamps  (You can never have enough of these!)

Tools:  Table Saw, Compound Miter Saw, Drill Press, Palm Sander


Pierced Wood Candle Holders for Halloween. This is an easy DIY!

How to Make a Pierced Wood Candle Holder

The first step in making this project was to decide on the dimensions of each candle holder.  After experimenting a bit, we decided to make a 4” square box meaning we would need these pieces for each box:

  • 2 – 4” x 4”  (Sides of the Box)
  • 2 – 3 1/2” x 4”  (Sides of the Box)
  • 1 – 3/ 1/2” x 3 1/2”  (Bottom of the Box)


Our poplar board was 6” wide, so we used the table saw to cut the board to a 4” width.


Our basement doesn’t have a dust collection system, so we work outside as much as possible.  Mr. SP put wheels on my grandfather’s 1950’s table saw so that we can roll it outside to use.  This antique piece still works just fine and we are thankful to have it but we both eye more modern saws when we shop at Lowe’s or Home Depot or when we browse tools online.

1950's Table Saw


We set the saw up to cut the board 4” wide.  A Bench Dog Feather-Loc stabilizes the board and helps to give a clean cut.

Setting Up the Table Saw


The tightening nut on the end of our table saw’s fence is broken so we have to clamp it in place.  That’s the down side of using a 60+ year old piece of machinery.  🙂

Using a 1950's Table Saw to Rip a Board


After ripping the board to 4”, the next step was to cut the box pieces.  Since two pieces needed to be cut at 4”, we clamped a scrap piece of wood 4” from the right side of the saw blade to serve as a stop-block as we cut.  We then moved the stop-block to 3 1/2” for the other two side pieces and the box bottom.Use a Compound Miter Saw to Cut Pieces


Using a stop-block works like a charm to do accurate cuts.

Use a Compound Miter Saw


The next step was to drill holes in the box sides with the drill press.  I experimented with our forstner bit set and chose two bit sizes.

Use a Drill Press and Forstner Bits to Drill Holes


I then went back outside to sand down the pieces.

Sanding the Candle Cover Pieces

Pieces for Halloween Candle Covers



These are the pieces for two boxes.  They are on top of a desk that I recently scored at Goodwill for just $25.  I’m itching to work on this piece!  For now it makes a great work surface.  🙂

Pieces for Piered Wood Candle Holders


Since the pieces needed to be glued, I put them on scrap wood covered with scrap paper over it since I knew the glue would ooze out.  The paper was easy to tear away and sand off after the wood glue was dry.

How to Make a Pierced Wood Candle Holder


After assembling each box, we clamped them in as many directions as possible to keep them square as they dried.

Clamping box


In my excitement to complete this project, I didn’t take a picture of my candle holders when the clamps were removed.


After removing the clamps, I sanded the sides smooth and them painted them with two coats of paint from The Plaster Paint Company in Black Tie.  To add a sheen to the paint, I waxed them with liquid wax also from The Plaster Paint Company.


The skull and spiders are from the dollar store.  I spray painted the skull a silvery color and glued it to a scrap piece of wood so that it would stand up on its own.  The tray is a recent $2 Goodwill find.

Pierced Wood Candle Holders for Halloween. Make your own with this easy to follow tutorial!


To be honest, I am not crazy about using this skull with the spiders as a centerpiece.  I am pretty sure that I’m going to remove the skull and spiders and replace them with gourds that I bought last week.  I think I’d rather admire gourds through Halloween rather than a skull! 🙂

Pierced Wood Candle Holders for Halloween.


I’d love for you to pin this project for others to discover!


DIY Candle Holder for Halloween - Learn How to Make Your Own! virginiasweetpea.com


Enjoy the rest of the Frightful themed projects for this month!

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  1. These are so fun, and I think I’d have to keep them out year round too:) I can’t get over your vintage table saw! Wow.. How special that it’s been in the family and now you have it to build stuff with as well!

  2. I see so many possibilities with this – plus a great way to use up your scraps.

  3. Love it! What a perfect idea to give a great glow to your table and halloween decor. I think I need a drill press!

  4. These are so cool, Paula, and they are the perfect addition to your spooky table top display! Very creative! XO

  5. Oooo these are so cool! I like that they are spooky for your Halloween table but I bet you can dress them up differently for other holidays! It’s amazing how many tools it can take to make smaller projects!

  6. Love fall creations, and this one looks amazing! 🙂 I would love for you to stop over and say hello!

  7. I’m seriously crushing over these Paula – what a great idea! They work for Halloween, Fall, Christmas, New Years and the list goes on. You really rocked the power tools on this one too!

  8. So beautiful, especially as a centerpiece! These candleholders would be great all year ’round! Love them, Paula!

  9. What a cute project… they’d be perfect for Christmas too!

  10. Love this project. It could be used for different occasions.

  11. These are really cool! I love the way they look with the lights in them!

  12. What a fun project! I love all the holes and would definitely keep them out year round.

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