DIY votive pillar candles {from tatertots & jello}

by @according2kelly on September 30, 2011

for the entire month of september will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! 30 days of projects. so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the queen of all things crafty, jen, of tatertots & jello. jen writes…

 Hi there!! I’m Jen from Tatertots & Jello and I am so excited to be here for the Holiday Bake, Craft & Sew along!! I have loved seeing all of the incredible ideas. This is such a fun series!!

jennifer i heart faces profile

Today I would love to share a little gift idea I came up with – DIY Votive Pillar Candles. Who couldn’t use a cute candle holder in the cold winter months, right? And, this project is super inexpensive. Each pillar candle ends up being about $1.50. Yes, $1.50 for a neighbor gift isn’t too bad! And if you really like someone, you can give them a set of three candles in different heights. Yes!!!

diy votive block candle holders

I got a router for my birthday, so I was so excited to learn how to use it to make this project!

my awesome father in law

getting the hang of it

routing mechanism

This is what I did to make this project:

  • 1 6x6x8 board from your local lumber store. {one board = 10-15 blocks $8}
  • A pack of glass votive candles. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby.
  • Paint.
  • Felt for embellishments {optional}
  • Hot glue sticks and gun
  • A Big Shot cutter {optional}
  • A router, saw and drill press {optional}



tea light blocks collage

    1. Cut your boards. I cut mine 4 inches, 6 inches and 8 inches. If you don’t have a saw, you can ask Home Depot to cut your board.
    2. Route the boards {optional}
    3. Sand the boards.
    4. Drill out the hole for the votive. I borrowed my neighbors drill press.
    5. Paint the blocks.
    6. Stain the blocks.
    7. Cut out felt shapes for embellishments.
    8. Layer the shapes.
    9. Insert the tea lights.

diy block candle holders

I borrowed my neighbor’s drill press to make the holes for the votives, but if you don’t have access to a drill press, you can make the blocks flat and add candles to the top. I also used my Big Shot die cut machine to cut out the felt shapes, but you can freehand the shapes by tracing circles onto felt and cutting them out. I used assorted brads and buttons to embellish the shapes.

three block votive candles

felt flower block votive candles

three pillar candles

one pillar candle

I also experimented and made a paper pinwheel on one of the blocks.

pinwheel candle holder

So use your imagination. There are so many things you could do to personalize your candles. Another idea would be to make vinyl letters with the family’s initial for neighbor gifts!

Thanks for having me, Kelly.

I am getting so excited for the holidays!!



for more great ideas be sure to visit jen at her blog tatertots & jello, & follow her every move on twitter facebook, & pinterest.


about jen: She loves to do anything creative. She likes trying new things. She loves making something beautiful out of nothing. She loves remaking things into something better. She loves looking at something and seeing the possibilities. She loves her family & making new friends.


baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.


I love my router...but I never dress quite that nice when I'm using it:)

Sue Horne
Sue Horne

Love this idea!! Thanks for posting...they are gorgeous!! And - a router for your that was a great gift :)


i'm definitely putting a router on my list of WANTS right this very second.

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