Rustic Wood Slice DIY Tea Light Holder

Where to buy, as well as how to easily make rustic wood slices into a pretty and colorful DIY tea light holder.

If you ever feel that you aren’t having any luck finding decorative items for your home when shopping at HomeGoods, Target and other stores that sell decorative accessories, I have a tip for you.

Head to your local furniture store every so often, but not to look at furniture.

Instead, you want to go to furniture stores and showrooms to find affordable decorative accessories.

Remember when I bought the huge basket at my local furniture store and made it into a table? It was quite a deal.

Recently, I was out and about looking for a new lamp for my foyer and wasn’t having any luck.

As I sat in traffic waiting for the traffic light to change, I noticed a Lazy Boy Showroom and decided to go in to see if they had any lamps I would like – they didn’t, but I didn’t leave empty handed.

DIY tea light holder using a wood slice from a tree.

I bought this wood slice with ribbed green glass votives there.

I LOVE it – it fits my White & Woodsy decorating theme perfectly! It’s a little bit rustic and a little bit glam. :-)

After seeing this in the store, my first reaction was to make one, but on second thought, I wasn’t so sure I would be able to find a collection of unique ribbed green votives or had the tool to drill the wide shallow holes, so I decided to buy it.

Close up of green glass candle votives in a rustic wood slice.

It was $35. I tallied up the cost in my head on how much it would be to make it and decided it wasn’t that big of a difference.

What I love about taking a browsing stroll through a furniture store is that they always have decorative accessories to accent the furniture they sell.

These accessories are always for sale. The best part is you can usually take them home with you if they have more than one in stock – they usually do.

On many occasions, you may even find the decorative accessories, plates, faux flowers and more on clearance, like I did when I found my huge basket I mentioned above.

So when you are out and about, check out your local furniture stores for inspiration and to maybe find something perfect for your home and style.

blue and turquoise glass votives on a wood tray
Unique Glass Votive Tray Candleholder

If you are not into wood slices, but like colorful glass tea light votives, look how nice they look lined up on a tray. I found this tray candleholder, not in a furniture store, but online.

What I like about using the rustic wood slices made into tea light holders is that they also make great looking rustic risers for a lamp or decorative object in a vignette.

3 wood slices from a tree trunk

Wood slices can be bought at the craft store all cut, clean and ready to go.

Unique glass votive holders can be found in sets online, at the craft store and at the thrift store. You may even have a collection of them hidden away in a closet.

How to Make an Easy Rustic Wood Slice Tea Light Votive Candle Holder

Above view shot of rustic wood slice candle holder with green glass ribbed votive holders.

If you want to make a DIY tea light or votive wood slice candleholder, you can simply place the tea lights on a wood slice. The shallow holes are nice, but you will need a special tool to make holes – like a grinding circle drill bit.

Where I Plan to Use My Rustic Wood Slice Tea Light Holder

Before we know it, it’s going to be fall when I will be trying to make my living room feel cozier.

Candles are one way to add that.

I plan to place my furniture store find on my coffee table and may even use it on the foyer sideboard when we have dinner guests over as a pretty way to give the entryway an inviting glow.

DIY tea light holder using a wood slice from a tree.

Another nice thing about this DIY tea light holder is that come winter…

Wood slab made into rustic glass votive candle holder.

… I can change the votives to whatever colors I can find. Red for Christmas – blue for summer, a collection of clear glass votives for any season.

DIY Wood Slice Candleholder with ribbed green glass votives.

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  1. Such a great tip!!! Thanks so much!

  2. Diane Henkler says:

    Hi Kris – Sorry about the confusion. The photos in the tutorial were showing the wrong tool, so I took the tutorial part of the post down. I will update when I can get the right tool.

  3. I like the candle display. It’s very versatile so will be useful for many seasons. Loved the zucchini muffins from last week. They were so good! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  4. Cute idea and I like the colored votives!! It will be pretty on your coffee table 💜

  5. Great find! Love it. I haven’t been inside a furniture shop for years.

  6. I like the votive/wood idea and it’s completely different from anything on the internet. Also, completely interchangeable.

    I lived in a small town and shopped in the furniture store, I found a brown pottery rabbit that I painted white and the bouquet of flowers and ribbon (all pottery brown) pink and moss green. What a transformation. And fun!! I still have it for spring/Easter time.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Eileen – Items you buy and still have after years like your rabbit are the best- long lasting for use since they fit your style perfectly. I agree with you that the votive holder is different, that is I think why it caught my eye. Most on the internet simply place tea lights in the holes or taper candles.