Harvest Tea Light Blocks

Last year, I saw this brilliant idea on Just Between Friends to make your own tea light candle holders from a 4 x 4 post of wood. We made the 4 x 4 wood tea light holders last year before Thanksgiving but never had a chance to decoupage the words onto the blocks. This year, I took the same plain blocks we used as rustic wood tea light holders last year, and decoupaged words on to the blocks. This is a super simple project and it didn’t cost us anything to make since we had all the supplies on hand.


4 x 4 wood post, cut ever 5 inches

Tools Needed: Table Saw, Drill Press, Sander

Mod Podge, Sponge Brush

Letters Cut from Scrapbook paper


Tea Lights

Prior to drilling the center hole you will want to figure out where the center of your 4 x 4 piece of wood is. We drew an “x” on each wood block, so Mr. Woodsy knew where to drill the hole.

Using a drill press carefully drill the hole in the piece of wood.

Once the holes have been cut into the wood for the tea lights, you can begin to add your letters on to the blocks. I used Gold Glitter Mod Podge.

I painted a thin coat of mod podge on one side of the wood block.

Then place the letter on to the block. I let the paper letter dry on to the block for 5-10 minutes.

Next, paint a thin coat of mod podge on top of the letter and the rest of the block. Let this dry and repeat multiple coats if deemed necessary. After the letter side was dry I applied 1-2 coats of mod podge around each side of the block. *I did not apply any mod podge to the top of the block (for fear that the heat from the candle might cause some crazy chemical reaction and start a fire.

Lastly, I applied a bow (with a glue dot) I made using my Mini Bowdabra on to the “H” and the “T”.

Add your tea lights and enjoy your new table centerpiece!

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  1. Super cute Katie!! I love these tea light holders–with or without words/lettering!!

  2. These are great – love that you kept the natural look. So pretty!

    • Thanks! You can’t tell from the pictures, but in the cracks and crevices the glitter mod podge fills them and just makes them all glittery! Mr. Woodsy liked that I kept them some-what au-natural! lol.

  3. I love this idea! I can’t wait to make these and put them on my own thanksgiving table! I almost love it as much as the adorable stenciled table runner you made for underneath them!

  4. Katie, great project!! Can you come over and bring your drill press, please?

  5. Btw, bring that runner too:)

  6. So pretty!!

  7. This is so awesome and festive for the season..So lovely..I found ya via Vintage Gwen today and had to stop in and say hello..Officially a subscriber..Super creative blog you have here..:)) I’m Marilyn, hope u can stop in sometime and link this via my thanksgiving linky party here http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/three-weeks-of-thanksthankful-for.html TY :))

  8. What a cute idea! Would love this for my home’s Thanksgiving table!

  9. This is the cutest! I love the look you created! And how perfect does it look on your table! So happy to have you share this @ Show & Share–thank you for linking up!


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