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Upcycled Life: Reclaimed candle holder

By Katie Patterson Larson For The Spokesman-Review

I think we could all agree that this winter we need to bring any warmth and coziness to our spaces that we can. I love the flexibility of creating simple decorations that can be altered for several seasons and celebrations.

This reclaimed wood candle holder is a perfect way to use up mismatched candles of the same size but different heights. Use battery-operated candles if flame isn’t an option.

I started by rummaging in my garage for scraps. If you don’t have access to wood scraps, look for free or discounted wood at your local hardware store. Or ask in an online neighborhood or buy nothing group.


Select a wood board and cut to desired length.

Mark a zigzag pattern for candle placement with marks about 3 inches apart.

Using a drill bit that matches the diameter of the candles you will use, drill down ¼ to ½ inch where marked.

Sand all edges and around the drilled holes.

Rub on a Danish oil and let dry.

Insert candles and place at your table or on a mantle.

Katie Patterson Larson is the director and founder of Art Salvage, a creative reuse center in Spokane. Art Salvage keeps usable materials out of the waste stream and makes them accessible and affordable to everyone. For more information, visit

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