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DIY Tea Light Holders

These festive upcycled tea light holders are so simple, yet so beautiful. They can be made in a matter of minutes using the corner block of a standard Euro Shipping Pallet.

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What you’ll need:

  • The corner block from a pallet
  • A rubber mallet
  • A claw hammer
  • A steel rule
  • A pencil
  • An 18V drill
  • A 40mm fostner bit
  • An orbital sander with varying sanding disks
  • A dust mask
  • The wax of your choice (we used an Antique Pine Briwax)

Step 1: Remove the block from the pallet. We used a rubber mallet (so as not to damage the wood) and some brute force. Hit downwards and the block will slowly come off.

wooden pallet

Step 2: ‘De-nail’. This may or may not be a real word but we regularly use it in the Project UP workshop. Using a clamp or vice to secure the block, use the claw hammer to remove the nails. Some of the nails may be too stubborn to remove with the claw. In this case use the hammer head to tap them side to side and they will eventually snap off.

Step 3: Drill your hole. To find the centre of the block draw a straight line from corner to corner. Where the lines cross will be the exact centre of the block. Now, using the 40mm forstner bit and your drill, drill a hole that is same as the depth of your tea light. It’s important that the block is secure (ideally using a vice) so it doesn’t slip.

Drill and wooden block

Step 4: Sand your block. We use a random orbital sander with grits starting at 60, moving up to 120 and then finally to 240. Keep the sander flat to the surface and work out all of the kinks and groves. If there are chips or dents in the wood, we tend to keep these there, but simply sand them smooth.

Sander wooden block

Step 5: Wax it up. Using your chosen wax and an old rag apply the wax thinly and buff the tea light up. For our tea light we used Antique Pint Briwax.

Tealight holder

Step 6: Pop them on display and pour yourself a glass of mulled wine!

Tealight holders on radiator cover

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Project UP creates unique upcycled furniture, and create totally new designs from reclaimed materials. They are part of a registered charity and use furniture upcycling to provide training opportunities for those in need.