Dec 6, 2013

Rustic Log Centerpiece


When I found a section of fallen log out in the backyard,
I knew what I wanted to do with it.



My husband volunteered to help, and these are the tools he used.

Mark where you want the candle holders to be, then drill and chisel.


I had seen some projects using tea candles, but I wanted something that would burn a little longer than that. I already had these votive candles and holders, so I decided to use them.


The holes in the log are about half as deep as the candle holders are.


I really like how the project turned out.



Beautiful for Thanksgiving, too







Thank you for coming by!
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74 comments:

  1. That's so clever, it looks fabulous!

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    1. Lulu, you are so nice- thank you! I was very happy with the way it turned out- thanks for coming by! :)

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  2. I love this Joy. So simple but elegant. Pinned
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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    1. Thank you, Wanda Ann, and thank you for pinning! :)

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  3. This is so great! Thanks for sharing how to do this! Pinning!

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    1. Gina, I'm so glad you liked it- it was a fun project! :) Thank you for coming by, and for pinning!

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  4. Wow~ this is so pretty! We have all those tools, glass votive holders and votives...have to pin this until I find the right log! ;)

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    1. Or, if you are very zen, perhaps the right log will find you. ;) In any case, thank you for coming by and for pinning- it really is a fun project. And as creative as you are, I know you will put a wonderful spin on it! :)

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  5. My sweetie is heading to the woods today to cut firewood, so I am hoping he can find a piece of wood to make this while he is out there! Love it Joy, great idea!

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    1. Oooo, hope he gets you a good one, Kris! I bet he will! We have really enjoyed it. :)

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  6. This is so cute! I love how it can work for any season. We've got lots of wood around so I'll have to get my hubby to make me one of these :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Tammy! It was a fun project. :)

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  7. Super cute! Thanks for linking up to check me out saturday!
    iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Bobbie- I'm so glad I found Check Me Out Saturday- thank for hosting! :)

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  8. We just lost a tree. this might be a great way to honor it!

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    1. Abbe, I love the way you think. It would be a perfect way to honor a cherished friend- which is exactly how I feel about trees. :)

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  9. So pretty ! I love rustic wood anything! Pin'd! =) Marcy @ day2day SuperMom

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    1. Marcy, me too! You are so sweet to come by and to pin- thank you! :)

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  10. This is GORGEOUS! :D
    I'd love for you to drop by and share this at our Holiday link party if you can: http://www.urbanejane.com/2013/12/holiday-glam-link-party.html

    Thank you for sharing this pretty centrepiece! :)
    Wonderful rest of the weekend!

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    1. Jane, thank you so much for the sweet compliment, and for the invitation! :)

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  11. Hi Joy, I love this log that you and your husband made for a centerpiece on the table for the holidays! So pretty. I saw it at life on lakeshore drive. Have a wonderful day tomorrow. Julie

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    1. Julie, thank you so much- we really enjoyed making it. I love Kathy's Life on Lakeshore Drive- thanks for visiting from her party!

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  12. Great centerpiece idea...very creative!

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    1. Thank you, Jodee- it was a fun project. :)

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  13. Great ideas think I will try them out, thank you

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    1. Thank you, Fliss, and thanks for coming by! :)

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  14. that is absolutely gorgeous and a wonderful idea. thanks so much for sharing. This looks easy to make and I hope I can talk my husband into trying it if we can find the right log. Visiting for Creative Home & Garden Blog Hop.

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    1. Thank you, Marla- I hope you can find just the right log! Thanks for visiting from the hop- I enjoyed your post about the importance of families having meals together- I couldn't tell if the comment posted or not- hope you're enjoying your weekend! :)

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  15. Wow! What a great idea you came up with Joy! It looks oh so beautiful! I like to use a lot of candles at Christmas. Have a wonderful Monday and week.

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    1. Thank you, Judy! I'm sure the idea wasn't original with me, but this was my version. :) Thank you for your sweet comment! I hope you have a wonderful week, too! :)

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  16. Hi Joy,
    Looks like we are the only two that made it through the ice to the Sweet Tea Social today. I just love your centerpiece, I had actually showed to my husband last night and make a craft day plan with him to have a look alike. Hope you are having a cozy weekend and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Miz Helen, I was secretly glad that no one else made it....I didn’t want to share that beautiful cobbler you brought....hehehe! ;)

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  17. How very lovely! I love the natural rustic look. Thanks for sharing at Home for the Holidays Link Party.

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    1. Thank you, Susan, and thanks for hosting Home for the Holidays! :)

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  18. Joy it is just beautiful! I love that you used votive candles instead of tea lights -- I really like them better but I have to tell you I laughed when I tried to imagine recruiting Grampy to help me with his tools! LOL!

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    1. LOL! Grampy wouldn't be too excited about that, I guess! :) Thank you for your sweet comment! :)

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  19. This is beautiful! I have seen similar ones in expensive gift catalogs. I love the way you can change the seasons on yours, and it sure cost you a lot less to make a lovely centerpiece!

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    1. Thank you, Joyce! Yes, the log in the back yard was pretty much free....and most of the effort was expended by my husband. :) I got the fun part of dressing it up. Thank you for coming by- I appreciate your sweet comment!

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  20. Ah this is so pretty ...I remember my grandparents had something like this for decorations. My grandma went into the natural sort of stuff in a big way, using logs, branches, berries, driftwood, pine and so forth...I really like this :)

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    1. Thank you, Deb, I like the rustic, natural look, too. :) The red berries were off of a huge monster holly "bush" (tree!) in the side yard. I wish I had thought to add a few pine cones. :)

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    1. Amber, thank you! I really enjoyed this project and was happy with the way it turned out. Thanks for your sweet comment!

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  22. This is absolutely gorgeous…what a great idea to use what's in our backyard! Reminds me of how simple life was when I was a child. We always used our resources and came up with beautiful projects. Love also that you used votive cups instead of tea light….they do burn quickly.

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    1. Kay, thank you! I do love scouting around to use found objects, or things I already have on hand. Have you ever made a popcorn or cranberry garland? If you have, please send me any pointers you might have- every year I say I'm going to make one! :)

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  23. Not only are you a fabulous cook, you have an eye for decorating! LOVE the natural elements are brought indoors, and that splash of RED sets it off just right ;-)

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    1. JoAnn, thank you so much- I get so excited about these outdoorsy rustic things- I'm glad you liked it, too! It was fun to put together and decorate. :)

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  24. This is a really great idea and the best part is it can be used in several seasons! I love it (might have to get my other half working on something like this!)

    -Pam

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    1. Pam, I really liked the versatility of it, too. It's fun to change the decorations on it. :) Thank you for coming by- I hope you're having a great week!

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  25. Beautiful! Perfect branch for this project, looks so awesome! Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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    1. Thank you- it was a fun project! Thanks for hosting! :)

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  26. This is just stunning! Shared it on my (blog) Facebook page and am definitely pinning it! Now, I just have to find the perfect log in my back yard! LOL

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Thank you so much for coming by, and for sharing and pinning!

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  27. Love this centerpiece! You could change it up so many ways! Definitely pinning this one.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Melinda- I really loved it, too! Thank you for coming by and leaving your sweet comment, and for pinning! :)

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  28. This is so pretty. I would love to have a centerpiece like this. I hope you'll share this on Thank Goodness It's Thursday at http://www.jordansonion.blogspot.com/2013/12/thank-goodness-its-thursday-blog-party.html - the party is live now

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    1. Thank you, Jordan, and thanks for the invitation! I will come right over! :)

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  29. What a beautiful, rustic,natural centerpiece. Love it. Thanks for sharing on From the Farm blog hop. I will share this on FB.

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    1. Janet, thank you so much. I really enjoy the From the Farm blog hop, and am always happy when I have something that fits it! Thank you for coming by! :)

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  30. Bella and so versatile!! Gracias for the idea. Here from the Grand Social Hop; BB2U.

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    1. Thank you, BB! ♥ Wonderful to see you from the Grand Social- thanks for coming by! :)

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  31. How creative you are! How great to make this centerpiece. I spent a lot of money on a horizontal distressed horizontal candle holder to achieve this look. It looks great but I love the rustic woodland look of the log! Visiting from Freedom Fridays...

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    1. AnnMarie, thank you- it was so much fun to make. Thank you for coming by from Freedom Fridays- Evelyn and Jamie throw a great party, don't they? :)

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  32. Joy, this is so lovely! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning and sharing! Hope you are having a happy and wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I appreciate you and the always-delightful Best of the Weekend! ♥ Thank you for all you do. :)

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  33. I love how pretty this looks Joy! I am featuring it as today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day. Thanks so much for linking it up.

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  34. Mark where you want the candle holders to be, then drill and chisel. ... rusticcandlelanterns.blogspot.com

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  35. Wow, that's pretty fabulous! I was browsing some good Christmas table decorations to make and came across to your blog. I am so glad I did. these beautiful decorating ideas truly inspire me. Cheers!

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  36. I have loved this idea & love how yours turned out! Such a pretty rustic candle holder and table setting. Theresa @DearCreatives Happy Tuesday Joy!

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  37. Joy,

    This is the best centerpiece I have seen. You are amazing and talented. I love how this log turned out too.
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    recipesforourdailybread

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  38. This is beautiful, Joy! I love using natural elements in holiday decor and this is just gorgeous!!

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  39. WOW Joy!! LOVE this - it looks perfect on your table - now I need to go find a log!

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  40. This is gorgeous Joy! I may have to have Thanksgiving here sometime so I can have a centerpiece like this!

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