DIY… River Stone Pillar Candles

Kent and I have always had projects on the go…

We find them fun and creative.

When we first started out these creative outlets were more by necessity… we would see something in a shop or mag that we loved but the budget would not allow for so we would try to make something similar.

Now, we do them for fun!

I thought I would do a post on a DIY project that we have done quite a few times over the years.

River Stone Pillar Candles.

They are a great on their own as shown below or as a beginning for a lovely seasonal display. I have used them often for Christmas with greenery intertwined around the bases.
Having the holes in the tops for tea lights makes them very practical. Changing the tea lights is easy and when they are lit up, the light reflects off the stones and makes a wonderful glow in the room.

What you will need:

Start by cutting a 4×4 post into varying lengths. Then use a hole saw to drill holes  on the tops for the tea lights.

Next, apply mastic ( available at any hardware store) to one side. Don’t scrimp, you need enough for the stones to sink into.

A little tip… do one side at a time, the mastic is messy! It is just like icing a cake…

Lay your river stone out in a single layer. Then press the post mastic side down into the stones.

Turn them back over and fill in any spots with stones that got missed. You want as little mastic showing as possible.

Then let that side dry. Going in stages is the best method, if you try to do more than one side at a time , the stones will shift and you will have a mess…

Yes, I did learn that the hard way.

This pair has been done for awhile, you can see that the mastic has mellowed in colour which I like.

So, if you are looking for a little DIY project this weekend, give it a try, I would love to hear how it goes!

Enjoy this amazing fall weather, I hope it as beautiful where you are as it is in southern Ontario.

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  1. How long should I let the mastic dry for?

    • Cynthia says:

      Hi Simone… Put the mastic on one side then press the stones into that side until you are happy with how it looks…If I remember correctly it took a few hours for the stones to set in the mastic.

  2. Cynthia,

    Those candles turned out really nice.
    I like them,unique and different.

  3. Hi, Cynthia –
    Do you all have a lot of fall colors in Canada yet? Perhaps you can post? Everything is still green here in DC. Thanks for sharing this project. These candles would make great gifts….each unique and lovingly made :)
    Talk soon my friend :)

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