This is another awesome thing that you can do by your self (or with a little help maybe). If you like it, you should really try it out.
Here’s What You Need:
- Tree Branch or Trunk
- Saw (my husband used his mitre saw in my pictures, this was slightly dangerous as pieces chipped off and flew across the shop. I would suggest a nice handsaw, or if you are really careful I guess you could use a reciprocating saw or chainsaw.)
- Drill and paddlebit or a drill press and forsner bit(The bits need to be slightly bigger than the tea lights)
- Tea Light Candles
- Wood Burning Tool
Once you have found the perfect branch or tree trunk for your candle holders you are ready to cut them. I cut mine at various lengths. Mark with a pencil and then carefully saw them into sections. Try to get the bottoms and tops as straight as possible so they will sit nice and flat. Now either with a drill with a paddlebit, or a drill press with a forsner bit, drill into the center of the top of each tree piece. Drill deep enough to cover your tea light. Mine was a little less than an inch deep. Now you are ready to decorate. Draw your design onto the tree piece where you want to use the burner. Heat up your burner, and when it is nice and hot you are ready to go. Be careful as these get really really hot. I accidentally brushed my thumb up against it too high and got a little burn. If you have a vice you can insert your branch into it to better help you hold your tree piece, but it is not necessary. Carefully trace your design with the tool, burning the design nice and thick as you go. Once you are done burning your design into your tree pieces, insert your tea lights in the holes in the top.