The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks

Lookie here friends! I’m back today with another DIY post. That’s two in a row, can you believe it? I deserve a donut. This one is super fun because I’m sharing how to make the easiest DIY farmhouse candlesticks in the world. Yep, I’m just going to put that out there and roll with it. Seriously though, these candlesticks are crazy easy and the coolest part is that I used vintage spindles to create them. You probably know by now that I have a thing for spindles, they’re great filler pieces, but it turns out they also make really awesome candlesticks too. Who knew! Here’s a little preview of what I made:

The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps!

I seriously love these things. And I think the very best part of all is they only cost a few bucks each since I already had the spindles laying around the house. But even if you don’t have spindles on hand you can easily find them on Craigslist. I did a quick search in our area and several options popped up for super cheap. OK, let me show you how simple these were to put together.

The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps!

Here are my spindles before. I had previously cut these down so I could use them in vignettes or other random spots, so the sizing on these actually worked pretty well. If you have full size spindles just go ahead and cut them down to whatever height you’d like the candlesticks to be.

The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps!

Next up was attaching the base. You can find a ton of wooden pieces like this at just about any craft store. Just browse around until you find some you like. I simply screwed this wooden base to the bottom of the spindle. EASY.

The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps!

Now you’ll do the same thing on the top. I went with circular tops for my candlesticks, I thought they matched the spindle the best, but you can do whatever your heart desires. One quick thing to note–I actually flipped the round piece upside down, then attached it to the spindle. I wanted it to taper up like most candlesticks do and I thought it looked better this way.

The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps!

See how the smaller part is facing down towards the candlestick? I think that really helped make it look more balanced. Screw it in place and voila!

The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks

Final step: PAINT. I used this Rust-Oleum chalk paint in Linen White and I was really impressed.  This was my first time using it (I’ve tried the spray paint version, see my post about it here) but I was really happy with this paint. It covers well, dries fast, and has the same look as the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint–only it’s much, much cheaper. I haven’t used this on any big pieces yet, but I’m excited to keep trying it out. So far it seems awesome and you can’t beat the price. I only needed one coat and the candlesticks were done!

The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps! The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps!

Boom! So simple, right? After painting them I went ahead and sanded down the edges in a few random spots just to give them more of a farmhouse vibe. I just can’t help it, I must distress all the things.

The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps! The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps!

The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps!

I must say, I’m pretty smitten with these little farmhouse candlesticks. I honestly wish I had about 10 more of these so I could have a few in every room of the house. And as far as DIY’s go, you really can’t get much easier than this project. Just a few screws and a bit of painting, that’s all it took to turn these spindles into farmhouse candlesticks. Plus they’re functional and cute as heck, which is a pretty nice combo.

Well that was short and sweet, but I’d love to hear what you think of this little project! And I just want to thank you guys for all the support and kindness you give me on a daily basis. I know I always say this, but I really do appreciate you being here and taking time out of your day to drop by for a visit. It means so much!

Here’s a few of my other easy peasy projects you might want to check out:

DIY Bakery Sign

No Sew Farmhouse Curtains

The 5 Minute Burlap Sign

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The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks. Check out this easy tutorial to see how old spindles were used to make farmhouse style candlesticks in just a few simple steps!

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52 Comments

  1. Glenda wrote:

    So cute!!!!!

    Posted 4.5.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks Glenda!

      Posted 4.6.17 Reply
  2. Now that’s a DIY in my budget and what a timeless touch for any room. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I distress the heck out of everything too : )

    Posted 4.5.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      High five to distressing all the things Darlene! You’re my kind of gal.

      Posted 4.6.17 Reply
  3. Hollie wrote:

    Your posts always seem to come at the perfect time! I was just about to buy a set just like this but now I will definitely make my own! Thanks so much!

    Posted 4.5.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh yay! I’m so glad this came at the perfect time for you Hollie. Definitely give it a try making your own!

      Posted 4.6.17 Reply
  4. Helen wrote:

    They are so good Sarah! Will definitely be trying those soon!x

    Posted 4.5.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Helen, definitely give it a go!

      Posted 4.6.17 Reply
  5. Dianne wrote:

    love this idea. Will have to try them.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 4.5.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks so much Dianne!

      Posted 4.6.17 Reply
  6. Girl, I have a thing for spindles too. My hubs says it’s more of an obsession but oh well! Love those little cuties you made.

    Posted 4.5.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I’m right there wth you on the spindle obsession! They’re just so darn handy. Thanks for dropping by Cindy! xo

      Posted 4.6.17 Reply
  7. Lynn Heinrichs wrote:

    So cute, I just made a couple of these myself, they look very similar to yours!!

    Posted 4.5.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      That’s awesome Lynn. Aren’t they easy? I can’t wait to make more!

      Posted 4.6.17 Reply
  8. Stephanie wrote:

    Great idea! That paint is my go-to as well. I also haven’t used it on any large pieces, but have had a good experience using it. Love the distressing too!

    Posted 4.5.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      That’s good to know Stephanie. I’m excited to try this paint out again. AS chalk paint is just darn expensive. I think this will be a great alternative!

      Posted 4.6.17 Reply
  9. Sarah Jane wrote:

    Great idea!
    I have used this paint on quite a few large pieces and it is so easy to use. It does tend to dry out towards the end of the tin but a little water fixes that 🙂

    Posted 4.5.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh good tip, thanks for sharing Sarah Jane, I will remember that. ps: I love your name!

      Posted 4.6.17 Reply
  10. Doreen Sulfaro wrote:

    What a super, great idea. I love it and can’t wait to try it. Thanks, Sarah, again, for this wonderful idea.

    Posted 4.6.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      It’s so darn easy Doreen, I need to make several more because I’m already moving these around like crazy!

      Posted 4.6.17 Reply
      • Kim wrote:

        I was going down the road one day and seen a chair on the road for trash pickup. I stopped and looked at it thinking candlesticks!!! I went back home got my screw gun and went back and took them off!!! My daughter had bought me a circular saw for Christmas and I cut them off. I was so excited!!! Right now I have pumpkins on then but super easy and loved them. I also too one of them and put a tin cake pan on top for my mom and tonight we filled it with pumpkin. !besides candles French door I love chandeliers!!! And of. Purse signs

        Posted 11.3.18 Reply
  11. Laurinda Dawson wrote:

    Girl, you are the bomb! Go have a donut!????

    Posted 4.6.17 Reply
  12. Mary Kaiser wrote:

    What is the word I am looking for, LOVE, that’s it I LOVE THEM!!!!!

    Posted 4.7.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw thank you Mary, you are so sweet! Glad you like them 🙂

      Posted 4.7.17 Reply
  13. These are adorable! I’ve made them before using table legs off an old table I found left in an alley way for the trash!! It was awesome because I had four of them and gave them away for Christmas presents that year. Don’t worry I definitely kept one for myself too 😉

    Posted 4.14.17 Reply
  14. Kay wrote:

    You can get a new spindle at Lowe’s for around $12 and cut it down into 3 different sizes. Use flower pot dishes, the kind you put under a clay pot look cute because they have a rim around the top.

    Posted 5.8.17 Reply
  15. Pamela Garrett wrote:

    Good Morning Sara, My name is Pamela Garrett and I am wanting to paint a few pieces around my house, you have a dresser you done in a yellow color could you tell me everything about the paint would like to use what you did only in white, I love the finished look of the piece. Thank you so much. I love your work and your home is beautiful.

    Posted 6.24.17 Reply
  16. Marie S Cooperman wrote:

    Hi Sarah I like to know the measurements of the top and bottom please and Thanks what is the measurements of the square part of the spindle

    Posted 7.18.17 Reply
  17. Sheila wrote:

    Really love this project, one thing I will add is to attach two tacks or possible three in a triangle sort of pattern glued upside down to the top round piece to jab into the bottom of the candles to help keep them in place and not accidentally slipping off. ( potential fire hazzard)

    Posted 7.30.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Great tip Sheila!

      Posted 7.30.17 Reply
  18. Kristy wrote:

    I’m getting ready to paint a couple of old brass lamps and I was wondering if you sealed it anyway? Wax? Poly?
    These are pretty darn cute!

    Posted 1.1.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Nope, I didn’t seal them. But you could use wax if you wanted to seal them.

      Posted 1.2.18 Reply
  19. Melanie wrote:

    I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing your DIY.

    Posted 4.22.18 Reply
  20. kimberly wrote:

    love them, sarah! i may give it a try as a birthday gift to my sister!

    kim xx

    Posted 5.4.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh good idea!! Let me know how it goes.

      Posted 5.6.18 Reply

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