How to Make a Faux Wood Grain Candle & Vase


Make faux wood candles and vase - these are beautiful and love the shimmer!

Instead of foraging through the woods and lugging branches and tree stumps home, then trying to cut a perfectly flat bottom, then drilling a hole for a candle or to hold flowers …

I have a much easier way to get the wood grain look.


I’m not talking the wood grain of the 70’s (that still lives in my parents den).

I’m talking about an updated look that shimmers and shines.

Make a wood grain vase -

How to Make Faux Wood Candles & Vase


* Wood grain paper (mine came in this paper pad)
* Tall glass candle (dollar store)
* Glass vase – cylinder shape
* Paper trimmer (or ruler, pencil & scissors)
* Glue stick

Faux wood grain paper - love the shimmer

1) Measure the height of your candle or vase

2) Mark the measurement on the back of your wood grain paper

Note:  Make sure the paper isn’t higher than the candle – for safety!

3) Use a paper trimmer to cut a nice straight line (use a ruler & scissors if you don’t have a paper trimmer)

4) Wrap paper around vase or candle and mark where to cut (leave about 1/2″ for overlap)

5) Use a glue stick on the on the paper and the vase/candle – then wrap the paper around and stick edges together

Make a faux wood vase

Bonus – no ticks, ants or spiders hiding in these stumps!


P.S. – like the snow on my silver tray?  You’ve got to see my snowy mason jar candles!

P.P.S. – I like simple things – check out all of my simple projects.

P.P.P.S. – Stay tuned for my full Holiday House Tour tomorrow – I’m up to my ears in tinsel and snow!

Don’t forget to enter my Kelly’s Favorite Things Giveaway – over $1,250 in prizes!

Kelly's Favorite Things Giveaway - $1,250+ in prizes

Starting today is the Jennifer Rizzo Holiday House Walk (I’m excited to be sharing my home tomorrow).

Jennifer Rizzo Holiday House Walk

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  1. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Love the shimmering wood grain! So pretty!

  2. I love a good simple project!

  3. those are perfect! love the shine, too!

  4. You and Martha both got it all going on!

  5. So, so cool! Great idea.

  6. Another fantastic, worth-stealing project Kelly!!!! Love it! Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!

  7. Kelly these are so cool, I’ll tell you that brain of yours!!


  8. This is so very creative, simple, and perfect for Christmas. Thanks for the ideas.

  9. Love your faux bois vases and I clicked over to enter your awesome giveaway! Can’t wait to see your home decorated for Christmas!

  10. Great project Kelly…they are so beautiful….off to enter your giveaway :)

  11. Love the shimmering wood grain! Those vases are gorgeous!!

  12. These look absolutely wonderful. I love the shimmering wood grain too

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