DIY Valentine Logs

How do you feel about a DIY Valentine’s Day gift this year that might actually be free, gender neutral, and a permanent house decoration? I thought it was a great idea and came up with DIY Valentine logs + candle holders.

DIY Valentine Log Candle Holders

I’ve always gawked white painted logs in houses, so I decided to make some on a smaller scale and with their wood top still showing.

Here’s what you need:

  1. A dry log
  2. A saw (hand saw if your hardcore, a Miter Saw if you have one)
  3. A drill bit the size of your candle (tea candles are about 1.5 inches)
  4. White paint + a brush
  5. Dremel or carving utensil (knife?!)
  6. A piece of sandpaper
  7. Tea candle

I had all of these things on hand so this project was FREE! (Amazing when that happens…) The process was very easy too. No real skills needed. Take your log and cut it to your desired height with your miter saw.

Then, what I did, was use my miter saw to cut off the crumbling edges of my log so I could have a clean surface to paint. This gets pretty dusty so be sure to have on eye protection and a mask (Earmuffs are nice too).


Once they are nicely shaven, use your drill bit to cut your hole for your tea candle. You’ll see I didn’t have the matching size bit for the hole, but I made do with what I had.

DIY Valentine Log Candle Holder

Once my hole was drilled I used my Dremel 4000 sanding piece to smooth out the edges (and in my case, expand my hole a little! (I just got this Dremel for Christmas, and it has been really fun to experiment with! A great Valentines gift for that crafty someone…)

DIY Valentines Logs Candle Holder

Once your tea candle fits right, it’s time to slap some paint on the sides.

DIY Valentines Logs Candle Holder

After it has dried, use your carving tool, I used my Dremel with the (I think) high speed cutter attachment, to carve some lovey dovey things into my candle holders.

DIY Valentines Logs Candle Holder

Here’s how my three turned out.

DIY Valentines Logs Candle Holder

Now you just need to position them properly with a serving of truffles for a romantic evening…

DIY Valentines Logs Candle Holder

DIY Valentines Logs Candle Holder

DIY Valentines Logs Candle Holder

And you’ll need a little note to get your point across. ( I heard the song “She is Love” by Parachute the other day and thought it was the sweetest message for this Valentine’s Day.)

DIY Valentines Logs Candle Holder

Get the Valentine’s card printable here.

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This is an easy and quick Valentine’s Day gift that you’ll want to hold on to for more than a week and your special someone will love!

Lovey, dovey, sorts of things.

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Petite Modern Life

Petite Modern Life

I'm Karisa. I live just outside of Seattle with my husband Michael {Mr. G}, our two cats, Rue and Archimedes, and our new Australian Shepherd pup in crime, Moose. We are do-it-yourself enthusiasts. I'm the dreamer, he's the strategist, and teamed up we get it done. In January 2014 we purchased our first house! The many adventures of remodeling, decorating, and inevitable redecorating will be documented here. I was born and raised in the PNW & I love the PNW life. Mountains, lakes, rivers, ocean, trees, rain, and sun: every sight & season has its own flavor & tune. It inspires in me activity, coziness, and sprees of creativity. I'm rather obsessed with white paint, natural light, homemade pizza, and a glass of red wine.

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