These DIY Heart Candle Holders are made from plywood, so they are simple to make with just a jigsaw, drill and glue! No band saw needed! Free heart pattern printable included.
There’s no getting around it, no matter how hard I try to squirm past.
There’s no avoiding it, no matter where I hide.
Valentine’s Day is coming, and as much as I’d like to let the day pass unnoticed and unheralded into oblivion, I am now duty-bound as a craft and DIY blogger not only to acknowledge the Hallmark holiday, but to embrace it.
People, I’ve made a life out of ignoring the hell out of Valentine’s Day.
But Handan won’t let me do that anymore.
Not this year.
Now she wants me not only to make all sorts of cutesy heartsy crapola, but she wants me to write about it, too!
The woman has no remorse!
Well if I’m going to tackle V-Day, I’m going to do it on my terms! I started poking around Pinterest for inspiration when I came across some cool-looking heart candle holders for sale on Etsy. They looked easy enough to make. There was just one problem: making them would require a band saw, as the wood blocks were too thick for a jigsaw.
Yeah, yeah, I know. I have a band saw.
But most of you guys don’t. Why would you? You’re not woodworkers! So it didn’t make sense to show you how to make something most of you wouldn’t be able to make.
I mentioned to Handan that I wanted to make those DIY heart candle holders, but I needed to be able to do it with a jigsaw.
She’s a smarty pants, so of course, she came right up with the solution: make each candle from three pieces of 3/4 inch plywood glued together. The heart shape could easily be cut from each piece with a jigsaw.
It was ingenious!
She made me a heart template (you can download it over at the VIP Patch), and away I went to get my VD on!
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DIY Heart Candle Holders
- 3/4 inch plywood
- Heart candle holder template (available in the “Template-Cut Sheet” section of the VIP Patch for our subscribers)
- Jigsaw with thin blade
- Speed square (optional)
- Wood glue
- Center punch (optional)
- 1 1/2 inch Forstner bit
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Wipe-on satin polyurethane (or any other finish of your choice)
DIY Heart Candle Holders Tutorial
I have a ton of plywood scraps, so this project was a total freebie. If you don’t have plywood kicking around, and if you’d rather not buy a big sheet, feel free to substitute 3/4 inch pine.
I found a piece big enough to accommodate all 6 templates (3 for each candle holder).
I glued the template pieces along both edges of the board. You can use a glue stick or spray tack for this step.
When all the heart pieces were cut, I clamped the board to the workbench again.
I used a speed square to help cut a straight line, but you can freehand it if you’ve got a steady hand.
Handan made a little table extension from some scrap wood to help with the smaller cuts. These cuts had to be done freehand.
Of course, if you have a table saw, it is much quicker and easier to use that, but I want to show that all the cuts for this project can be done with a jigsaw.
Once I had all of my pieces cut out, it was time to glue them together to form the two candle holders. If your cuts were clean, you can make little hearts from the cutouts.
Oh my god! How cute is that?? Don’t you just love it? They are just SO ADORBS!!
See, ladies? Not only can I walk the walk, but I can talk the talk!
Now, if you’ll excuse me a moment, I have to bleach my fingertips after typing that sentence…
Speaking of adorable, check out the monkey in the apron!
Okay, back to work!
I spread a very thin layer of glue on the pieces to be glued. If you put the glue on too thick, the pieces tend to slide around.
I stuck them together, lined them up and clamped them.
I let the glue dry for about an hour, and then I unclamped the two heart candle holders and marked the center of each top.
I used a center punch to put a little divot in the middle.
I drilled the tea light hole 5/8 inch deep using a drill press, but it can also be done by hand. I recommend clamping the candle holder before drilling, as the 1 1/2 inch Forstner bit can grab the piece right out of your hands if you’re not careful.
Note that IKEA tea lights will not fit in a 1 1/2 inch hole. For those you’d need a 1 9/16 inch Forstner bit. But all standard American tea lights, like the ones sold at Michaels fit a 1 1/2 inch hole.
Next, I sanded all of the faces on a flat sheet of 220 grit sandpaper.
I then rounded all of the corners and sharp edges.
I love the look of plywood, so instead of painting or staining, I finished my DIY heart candle holders with wipe-on polyurethane with a satin finish. Three or four coats is enough.
After the last coat of poly dried, my heart candle holders were ready for action.
Now I just need a dozen overpriced roses and some crappy candy in a heart-shaped box…
Nah, I just kidding! Thank god Handan doesn’t go in for that sort of thing!
A shot of vodka, a dry martini, a grilled steak and Netflix – that’s how we roll on V-Day!
These two are still thinking about it…not ready to commit yet.
These two are having a fight. Hmph!
Awwww, they made up!
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