D.I.Y. Wood Candle Wall Hanging Craft

I was recently cleaning out our basement, and I came across this wood candle wall hanging craft that I made a while back. I had forgotten to put it back out during our last move, so I was happy to find it!

When I made this, I had two pieces of wood and some old tea light candle holders to work with.  I love to paint, so I decided to paint the wood and finagle a way to get the candle holders to hang from it.  I love the result, and it looks great on our porch where it is hanging proudly again now! Small note – I use LED tealight candles in this to be on the safe side. Since the base is wood, it seems a bit risky to use regular candles in this. 😉

It’s really an easy craft, though it takes a little time and patience to do the painting.  Other than that it’s really quite simple!



  • A wood board that is at least 1/2 inch thick.
  • paint
  • paintbrushes
  • twine
  • superglue
  • 3 votive or tealight candle holders
  • 3 LED tealight candles
  • pencil
  • stencils
  • decorative thumbtacks


1.) Start by dividing your board into three equal parts, marking them with a pencil.

2.) Paint the outer sections one color and the middle section another color.  Let dry completely.

3.)  Once the paint is dry, using a stencil or doing it free hand, draw in a design on each of the sections with a pencil.  I wanted the same design on all three parts, so I used a stencil so they would be exact.

4.) Now you will paint the designs you just stenciled in.  Use the color of the outer sections for the middle design and use the color of the middle section for the outer designs.  Let dry completely.

5.) Once your designs are completely dry, you will want to use your twine and thumbtacks to create a twine to hang your craft on the wall.  To do this, Stick each thumbtack about halfway into each of the sides of the board.  They should be a little less than an inch from the top of the board.

6.) With your twine, create a large loop, tying two ends together in a knot.  Trim the ends of the string coming from the knot and put a small dab of super glue on the knot to make sure it stays together.  Use your board to measure how long it should be (see pictures).  Once you have created your loop, string it around the thumbtacks on each side and then push the thumbtacks the rest of the way into the board (you may need to use a hammer to do this).

7.)  Now you will want to hang the candle holders from the board.  To do this, start by tying a loop around the candle holder.  Don’t trim the ends near the knot yet.  Do this for each candle holder.  Also, you will super glue this into place in a bit, so don’t worry if you’re wondering how it will stay in place.

8.) Now you will create the actual loop which the candle holder will hang from the board on, so measure the strings as long as you want them for each holder (you may want them all the same length, or you may want them to hang in a stair step type fashion, it’s up to you).  To create the loop, take the piece of string you just created, and tie it to the loop on the candle holder in two different spots on each side of the candle holder. Repeat for each candle holder.

9.) There should be three knots total on each candle holder now.  Place a small dab of super glue on each of the knots, then trim the ends of the twine coming from the knots.  Also place a small amount of super glue on various places on the loop that’s on the actual candle holder to hold it in place.  Repeat for each candle holder.

10.) Lastly, use a thumbtack for each candle holder to attach it to the board in the middle of each section (you will want to measure the middle using a tape measure so it is accurate).  Simply place a thumbtack in the middle of each section and then loop your hanging loop on each candle around it, and then push the thumbtack in all the way.  Repeat for each candle.

11.)  You’re done!  🙂 Hang on a nail on the wall and place tea light candles in each of the holders.

Enjoy! 🙂

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