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How to Turn Fence Posts into Rustic Candlesticks

Hey guys! Fall projects continue today. I love to upcycle stuff to give it a last attempt at usefulness. I decided to Turn Fence Posts into Coastal Candlesticks. These are great for fall and can then be adapted for other seasons as well.

Here are the supplies I used:

Here’s what I started with. A bunch of fence post wood that was sitting out in our garden.

Fence Posts Before Being turned into coastal candlesticks

Using my circular saw, I cut them down to size. I cut them all to varying heights and basically just eyeballed it. Then, I took a rag with soapy water and some oxygen bleach to my fence posts to get rid of all the yucky outdoor grime and build up on them.

Cut down the fence posts

After letting them dry for a couple of hours, I simply raided my paint stash. (My favourite afternoon pastime by far!)

I settled on four colours in the same family – all slightly different. Each post got one solid coat of colour.

Now, I had to turn them into candle holders! I bought these cute little faux flame tea lights, so I used those to size my drill bit. Once the paint on the posts was dry, I just used my drill to create a hole large enough to hold one of the candles. Use a large drill bit to make a candle holder

I tested them out to make sure everything fit snugly. (From left to right: Paris Grey by Annie Sloan, Lunch at Tiffany’s by PARA Paints, Bella Blue by FAT Paint Co., High Tea by PARA Paints)Test candle holders in the fence posts

I glazed them with some diluted stain and then gave them a good sanding to distress them a bit. Can you tell that lately I’m obsessed with the ‘chippy’ look? I am. It’s a thing. For a finishing ‘fall’ touch, I wrapped each post in jute and then added a little typography banner made from craft wood! (I had some left over from when I made my craft wood photo mats recently).

And that is how you Turn Fence Posts into  Coastal Candlesticks! Can you tell I had SO MUCH FUN staging these! 🙂Fence Post Candlesticks for Fall

I should actually explain that this post contains a couple of sneak peeks to stuff that I’ll be showing off more so in my next Furniture REFRESH submission. (Remember October’s Harvest-Themed Table Makeover?) November’s project is almost finished and the little table I’ve used here is part of that larger project. Make Candlesticks from Scrap Fence Posts

Also – the balsa wood FALL letters are actually made with this awesome new furniture and cabinet glaze I got from Modern Masters. I won’t say much more other than I really like it and I’m quickly learning how versatile glazes can be!DIY Fall Candlesticks from old Fence PostsAs for the candles – I definitely wouldn’t use an open flame on these (because wood, balsa, twine = flammable), but I’m pretty happy with the ambience from these fakers 🙂DIY Candlesticks for Fall


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Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

Oh my goodness... what a fabulous idea! And who doesn't have wood scraps! Boy do I have the perfect pin board for this project... adorable!

DIY Passion

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

Thanks Donna! Each time I do a scrap wood or pallet project I feel like I'm channeling you a little bit :) You're dynamite, lady!

Jill Flory

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

These are great! Love the way you styled everything too!

DIY Passion

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

Many thanks! Styling is the fun part :)

Kim Hunt & Host

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

Great use for a typically thrown out item. I really think these turned out great! May have to copy.... ;) kim

DIY Passion

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

Thanks so much Kim! Copy away :)


Monday 19th of October 2015

Such a creative easy to copy DIY idea! When I look at them I think you designed the candle holders so they can be changed for any season or holiday. That is very clever! Off to share now!

DIY Passion

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

Thank you Thea! I was thinking of doing SNOW for winter and making different shaped letters... totally custom :)

Lindsay Eidahl

Monday 19th of October 2015

Love this!!! Great fall project!

DIY Passion

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

:) Thank you!

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