DIY Wooden Egg Candle Holders

Candles are a beautiful and cozy addition to any home. And what better way to display them than with handmade wooden egg candle holders? So, grab some wooden eggs, and a drill bit, and let’s get started on one of the easiest and most satisfying DIY projects you will do this spring!

Three wooden easter eggs as beeswax candle holders sitting in a basket lined with moss.

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If you’re looking for a fun and easy Easter DIY project then try making your own wooden egg candle holders! These holders are a great idea to add a unique touch of charm to your Home Easter décor or to use as beautiful centerpieces during your Easter holiday celebrations.

You can choose to use these Wooden Egg Candle Holders with or without the base as well, but more on that later!

In this post, I’m going to show you how to create your own DIY wooden egg candle holder using simple materials and techniques. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or just looking for fun projects to try, we’ve got you covered.

Materials You Will Need

Other Optional Supplies

Note: To adjust this fun project to suit a different size of the candle like a larger taper candle or other various sizes, just make sure to account for that in your wood drill bits’ size. Also, a much larger size, you will want to use a spade bit.

Wooden egg candle holder in a small terra cotta pot next to a stack of thin beeswax candles and a few wooden eggs.

I love these wooden candle holders because they’re almost tucked into a bed of moss in a pretty small terra cotta pot. And also, how fun are they for a garden-themed tablescape?!

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How to Make Wooden Easter Egg Candle Holders

Not only is this a great way to add a touch of rustic charm to your home decor, but it’s a really cool upcycle to add to your easter crafts.

It’s the next best thing to actual candles made out of eggshells and that is a pretty spectacular upcycle if you ask me.

There are several different ways you can make these wooden egg candle holders, but I’m going to show you how I chose to do it.

Option 1 – Creating a Wooden Base for the Wooden Egg Candle Holders

I wanted the option to use these wooden egg candle holders in a base as a part of my easter tablescape, but they work without as well.

This wooden base could be swapped out for a lovely egg cup. That is if you find some to your liking. Most of them are breakable, however, and I opted not to go in that direction.

Wooden eggs in a wooden candle base sitting in a bed of moss.
Wooden easter egg candle holders sitting on a bed of moss.

I originally was looking for antique egg cups and eventually, I may find some I’m willing to buy. But until then I wanted to figure out a way to make sure these wooden egg candle holders wouldn’t fall over and light my table on fire. Because #kids.

And can I tell you I looked high and low at literally every thrift store locally as well as craft stores and Home decor stores (including Target, Walmart, AND Hobby Lobby)?! However, I could not find a single EGG CUP that wasn’t breakable.

And when I cannot find what I want, it’s time to figure out how to make it myself.

So, keep scrolling down to find more info on using them without a base!

Step One – Countersink a Hole on the Top for Your Candle Hole

Step One countersinking a hole for the candle on the top of the wooden egg with a drill.
  • To start, hold your wooden eggs one at a time grasped firmly in one hand.
  • Then begin by drilling a small hole in the center of the top of each wooden egg.

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  • This hole should be just the right size for a candle to fit snugly. So, I chose 6.3″ beeswax mini taper candles similar to birthday candles. But you can alternately drill a larger hole for a bigger candle.

Step Two – Drilling Your Candle Hole at the Top of the Candle

Step two drilling a larger hole with a 7/32 size drill bit into the wooden eggs top.
  • At this point, you will switch to your 7/32 drill bit.
  • Then place it right inside the countersink hole.
  • But you really only need about a 1 – 1 1/2″ hole.
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  • You could be specific and use painter’s tape to use as an indicator on the drill bit how deep to drill, but I just eyeballed it.

Step Three – Countersink the Hole to Connect Your Base

Countersinking the hole for the base on the bottom of the wooden egg with a drill.
  • At this point, turn your wooden egg upside down.
  • Hold it firmly in one hand while you drill with your other.
  • Then drill a countersink hole in the center of the bottom.

Step Four – Drilling the Hole for your Dowel (Which Connects the Egg to the Base)

Drilling a 7/32 hole for your dowel to connect your wooden egg to a base.
  • Then just like the top of the egg, switch your drill bit to 7/32.
  • And then place it in the countersink hole and drill about 1/2″ to 3/4″ deep.
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  • You may hit your candle hole and that will be ok. Because the dowel will stop the candle from coming out of the bottom.

Step Five – Drilling a Hole for the Dowel in the Candlestick Holder

Drilling a hole into an unfinished wooden candle holder to use as an egg cup.
  • And then you will use your 7/32″ drill bit to drill a hole in the center of your wooden candlestick holder.
  • However, if you would like to mark it the hole need only be 1/2″ to 3/4″ deep.
  • You may accidentally drill all the way through and that’s ok because the dowel will fill the hole.

Step Six – Cut Your Dowel to Fit

Score the bamboo skewer or dowel with your utility knife.
Wooden egg with a dowel sticking out of the bottom being cut by a utility knife.
Wooden egg with a dowel snapped at the cut line.
  1. To start, stick the dowel or skewer in the hole in the ends of the easter eggs to determine how much to cut. But, typically speaking it was between 1 1/2″ to 2″ long for me. Then use your utility knife to mark the length.
  2. And then very carefully press down on the dowel with the utility knife. As well as all the way around.
  3. And then put gentle pressure and allow it to break. At this point, it should break off clean.
  • Alternatively: You can use wood glue to attach your wooden egg to a base. Some other options would be a wooden candleholder, wooden disc, wood slice, or even some pieces of scrap wood adhered to the bottom of the egg. This will create a permanent base for your candle holder. I chose not to use any means to permanently connect my wooden eggs to my base.

Option 2 – Using the Wooden Egg Candle Holders without a Base

Three wooden easter eggs turned into candle holders sitting on a bed of moss in a basket.
The top view of three wooden egg candle holders with beeswax candles sitting on a bed of moss in a basket, thin beeswax candles in a pile, and wooden eggs in a carton.

Though I love the added stability of having the option to put them in a base, they are definitely beautiful and unique without it! Just follow steps 1 & 2 and skip the rest!

The option is there to use them whichever way, which is another reason I opted to not glue my eggs to the base. But the beauty of this simple project is you can do it however works for you!

In this instance, the bottom of the candle holder is nestled safely between moss. But you could even leave them in the cute egg cartons they come in (if you purchase from Target). Another good way would be to use a small glass jar filled with moss, dirt, or even candy!

Other Easter Egg Ideas & Ways to Decorate Your Wooden Eggs

These egg candle holders are the perfect thing for an Easter gift. Some ideas could be to package them in an egg carton, however, you can also add them to tiered trays for a beautiful centerpiece.

I opted to leave my wooden eggs natural, but I did personalize them just a bit using some rub on transfers I bought from Dollar Store. So, if you’re in need of direction, here are a few other ideas to inspire you!

Three wooden easter eggs turned into candle holders sitting in a bed of moss on a vintage ironstone plate.
A wooden egg candle sitting on a bed of moss in a small terra cotta pot.

Who doesn’t love unique and charming Easter decorations? I’m always looking for creating something I’ve never seen before. However, if you aren’t into the rustic look there are some amazing ways you can definitely class up these simple neutral wood eggs.

Looking for Another Perfect Way to Decorate Your DIY Easter Eggs?

  • Paint or Stain. You can use pastel colors to create a beautiful Easter look. And pastel-colored chalk paint would be a great quick-drying choice. However, you can go for a more natural look with wood stains.
  • Glossy Finish. Mod Podge can also be used to create a matte or glossy finish, depending on your preference.
  • Distressing. If you want to add a rustic touch, you can distress the paint using sandpaper or a dry brush.
  • Rub On Transfers. This was time-consuming but really enjoyable. I purchased mine from Dollar Tree, but they sell them pretty much anymore.
  • Stick on Tattoos. Another option is to use stick-on tattoos. This apparently works very similarly to rub on transfers. And also works on a real egg as well if you want to stay traditional with your egg options.

None of these options would work for plastic eggs or foam eggs.

Other Fun Ways to Use Wooden Easter Eggs

I love wooden easter eggs so my intent this year was to find more than one helpful use for them each year. This makes them a much more valuable seasonal decoration. And I think it’s just a fun way to start off spring with a few easter projects!

  • Easter Egg Candles for a Tablescape. Obviously a favorite idea here. I also love them being a part of any small centerpiece or a part of a lovely decor vignette.
  • Non-Traditional Egg Hunts. Use rub-on transfers to put a coordinate on each egg and hide them using my fun easter treasure hunt grid map.
  • Easter Dinner Place Settings. Paint, Write, or use Rub on Transfers to put initials or names of each guest at your dinner table.

Disclosure: A Word of Caution

Real candles can be a fire hazard. Therefore, if you’re worried, for safety reasons you can adjust your wooden egg candle holders to only use battery-operated pillar candles or taper candles.

In Conclusion

So, what are you waiting for? Get started on this fun and simple project and add the perfect addition to your living room or window sill for the Easter season.



Meet the Author

Hi, I’m Julie! Mother to five beautiful kids, Homeschool Educator, Writer, Handicraft & DIY Enthusiast, Photographer, Thrifter, and Furniture Restorer. Follow along for fun DIY projects creating a handmade home on a budget! Read more about me here→

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