American Flag Log Candle


 Well, the log obsession continues.

I’m happy sad to tell you that I am officially a log hoarder.

I can’t help it folks.

They just keep showing up on my front door step.

Well, almost anyway.


Tree down

No matter what I do or say, they won’t stop.

So, I’m going with it.

I’ll just keep using them until I run out of ideas.

Here’s the latest…

Almost Free American Flag Candle Log Tutorial

Rustic American Log Candle


You can call it an “American Flag Candle Log”,

or you can call it an “American Flag Log Candle”,

call it Fred the sailor,

either way, the result is the same.

It’s cute…I know.

American Flag Canle Log

Oh, look!

You can leave it unpainted if you like…

(I was tempted, but everyone does it that way)
Log Candle by

Want to make one?

I’ll show you how.

It’s very easy, but my hubby did help me with the holes.

First, find a nice log.

(I have plenty, come on over.)

Fresh or old, it won’t matter.


Decide where you want your holes (mark them with an x).

Decide what size the holes need to be to fit your candles.

Be sure to use glass tea lights.

My candles are from Nordstrom Rack.

I don’t think the tin little cups are safe enough and pose a fire hazard.

Drill your holes with a big bit.

We used a 1 1/4 inch bit.

Wear eye protection.

My hubby is awesome.

Candle Log Drilling



Candle Log Drilling Tutorial

 If you decide to keep it unpainted, just sand it down in the rough areas, and add your candles.

I also contemplated ingraving our initials in it.

(that is a secret RCD tip!)

Log Candle by


If you decide to paint it, plan out your design on a sheet of paper first.

I used paint with primer in it.

For the American flag design, I painted 2/3’s of it red first.

It took 4 coats.

Then, I taped off where I wanted the blue to begin and painted the last third blue.

Make sure it dries thoroughly.

Then, I used these foam brushes from the craft store to paint the white stripes.

I wanted a rustic look, so I wasn’t worried if they were uneven.

Painted American Log


I made the star stencil with some clear plastic I had from a sticker wrapper.

I just winged the stars with no measuring.

I held the stencil in place while I gently tapped on the white.

The stars are staggered on the Amarican flag, so I was sure to do that.

Again, no need to be perfect.

Don’t forget to include the ends.

American Flag Log Tutorial


Then I sanded the heck out of it with hand held sand paper (any grit will due).

That was the fun part for sure.

It really finished it off nicely.

I ended up painting the glass on the candles white because the candles were very yellow.

I would probably skip that part next time.

Time to light that baby up.

Beautiful Rustic American Candle

American Flag Candle

Red, White, and Blue Candle Log

Wood Log Candle

Free Log to American Flag Candle

Rustic American Log Candle

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Antique Crib Turned American Flag

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See you next time 🙂

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47 Responses

  1. Now that is just too cute, Julie!! Love this!! Pinned and have a great weekend!
    (psst – SOMEone I know might be featured tonight at my party). 😉

  2. debbiedoos says:

    You totally knocked this one out of the ball park girl. I could not wait to see it. I LOVES IT!

  3. Jen says:

    Great project!
    Now I know what to do with all the logs laying around my yard!

  4. Hi Julie – Oh my goodness I’m obsessing! I want one! You need to sell these on Etsy!!! Or at least link it up at my Patriot’s Palooza party beginning on Sunday. Happy every American holiday where you will be enjoying this. Hugs, Holly

  5. Julia says:

    What an awesome idea….love it!!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡

  6. Nancy says:

    Try this with birch and other interesting barked limbs. You’ll love the results!

  7. This is gorgeous, Julie! I love Americana and the primitive look ~ perfect combination. Pinned this baby!

  8. Virginia says:

    I love the candle holder! I just so happen to have lots of logs in my yard too! Thanks for giving me something to do with them.

  9. Suzanne says:

    This is such a great idea! Love how you painted the flag pattern on the log. It has a wonderful rustic charm to it.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes

  10. Heather says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous patriotic log candle at Monday Funday link Party Jules! So pretty and perfect for the holiday! I’ve pinned it, shared on google plus, twitter and facebook!

  11. Sharon says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! You knocked this out of the ballpark, Jules! So creative, so cute, so festive… I can see this in a magazine!

  12. Meegan says:

    Oh my goodness! Julie, this is absolutely amazing! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Love ya.

  13. Julie I’m featuring your awesome patriotic log candle in my Friday Features tomorrow! Thanks for linking up to Inspire Me Monday!

  14. Your creativity blows my mind away!!! xo Nic

  15. Log hoarder, huh? Well you “do” great logs Julie, the candle holder looks really good!

  16. Lili says:

    Great idea.Adorable!

  17. carol says:

    Love it; you’re all ready for Memorial Day and 4th of July. I’ll be over to pick out my log lol.

  18. I love this project Julie, such a great idea!

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    Don’t know if you’re still on here as I’m just seeing this 6 years later than when posted! I LOVE the log flag! So very cool!

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    Love, love your log painted for the 4th! Thank you for including the instructions. Very helpful. Jan,Tucson,AZ

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