How to Make Fireplace Candelabras

Updated February 21, 2017

Fireplace candelabras allow you to enjoy a warm glow of a fireplace without the heat from a fire. They use candles in place of a fire to create a decorative ambience in the fireplace. While there are many styles available for purchase in stores, you can easily make your own. You can use birch logs to make a rustic fireplace candelabra with a natural beauty. Birch log candelabras work well with tea light candles and can be decorated with seasonal decorations throughout the year.

Place the birch log on a work surface. Measure the log with a tape measure and mark it at 2, 6, 12 and 20 inches from one end using a pencil.

Lay the birch log horizontally on a mitre saw. Cut the log at each pencil mark by pulling the trigger and guiding the saw through the log. Raise the saw back to the start button and release the trigger to complete each cut. You will now have a 2-inch, 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch section of log. Discard the scrap piece.

Center the sections of log on the table of the drill press, one at a time, on one end. Drill a 3/4-inch deep hole in the centre of one end of each log section using a 1 1/2-inch drill bit in the drill press.

Sand the ends of the log sections lightly with a fine-grit sanding pad until they are completely smooth.

Insert one tea light candle into each drilled hole in the ends of the log sections. Place the decorative plate on a work surface. Arrange the log sections in an aesthetically pleasing manner on the plate.


Decorate the candelabra for each season. For example, you could add evergreen boughs and red ribbons to it for the winter holiday season.


Wear eye protection when woodworking to avoid eye injury.

Things You'll Need

  • 3- to 4-inch diameter birch log, 22 inches long
  • Tape measure
  • Mitre saw
  • Drill press
  • 1 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Fine-grit sanding pad
  • 4 tea light candles
  • Decorative plate
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Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.