Paint Dipped Balsa Wood Candle Holder

Paint Dipped Wood Candle Holder DIY Working with wood can be a really rewarding experience. I’ve only started doing wood projects this past year, but there’s something that’s been extra satisfying about wading into the world of carpentry. I have to admit though, all the saws and equipment that’s needed to do big projects can be a little intimidating, so it’s nice to have smaller projects with balsa wood to start out on. Here’s an easy way to create modern candle holders with a geometric feel:

Paint Dipped Wood Candle Holder DIY Supplies:
-Balsa wood (I used 3/32 inch thick wood)
-gold and pink craft paint
-masking or painter’s tape
-X-Acto knife
-glass votives
-tea lights..

1. Using a pen, ruler, and X-Acto knife, follow the dimensions pictured in step one and cut out your first panel from the balsa wood. Cut a slot the width of the balsa wood from the bottom middle up to the halfway mark of the base (this slot is what allows the pieces to fit together).

2. Cut another identical pattern, but this time, flip the slot to start from the middle of the top to the halfway mark.

3. Paint the top half of each panel gold and allow the paint to dry.

4. Use masking tape to tape off the bottom half of the panels and paint the bottom half with the pink paint.

5. Once dry, peel the tape off the panels and fit the two pieces together. Now you’re ready to place your candle in your holder!

NOTE: I used these specified dimensions to fit my particular votive, but you can easily adjust the sizes to fit any votives you have.

Paint Dipped Wood Candle Holder DIY
Paint Dipped Wood Candle Holder DIY Paint Dipped Wood Candle Holder DIY I used the same template and just shorted or elongated the bottom section to get the different heights. These little guys found a new home on my bookshelf, and I can’t wait to see how they look when they’re all lit up at night. xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman

  • Fabulous idea! These would make a stunning display, with flowers, for rustic/country style or beach wedding reception centerpieces. I’d like to try “double dipping” – using 2 or 3 shades of the same color.

  • I just wanted to say how much I have been enjoying Laura’s contributions to ABM! I’ve been a long time reader, and it makes me happy to see your team evolve and grow. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  • LOVE these! So cute and simple. Definitely something I’ll have to try soon!


  • I’ve noticed a lot of projects on here using balsa wood recently and was wondering if you’d ever used basswood before. It’s still really easy to cut through using an xacto knife, but much sturdier than balsa.

  • Ok… I LOVE these! They are crazy cute! You guys always have the best DIY projects… seriously. I’m totally “pinning” this for a rainy day. Yes, I must make a few of these…! Thanks for sharing.

  • these are darling! can’t wait to try it! i love how easy it is to work with balsa wood.

  • Those are adorable and would make great presents!

  • I’ve become quite fond of wood crafting myself. I love this project!

  • Not to get technical, but votives, votive holders and tea lights are not interchangeable words.

  • These are so cute! Going to have to try this.


  • Whoa. A cute craft!! I can’t wait to make one for my date this evening. I’m too excited to introduce this new idea to my kids. xoxo

  • So many of the DIY posts are incredibly simple but so lovely! I love love love what Laura has added to the site! <3

  • So sweet and simple! Thanks for sharing ladies!

  • So cute, unique, & whimsical!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • Awwwww, goodness! I don’t keep a whole ton of candles, even though I love them. Maybe a cute craft like this will inspire me to light ’em up more!

  • well, these seem rather clever and easy to do!


  • Always love seeing what DIY’s you come up with! Might just have to make some for my next cheese and wine party. 🙂

  • I love these! They’re awesome and such a fun way to add some color to something so simple.


  • These look really cool and interesting! I’m still loving the paint dipped trend too–hope it continues all the way on through 2014 🙂

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