DIY: Driftwood Candelabra

DIY Driftwood Candelabra

Do you love succulents and drfitwood? If so, I think you’re going to love today’s DIY from our DIY contributors, Going Lovely. This is a perfect way to bring some rustic elegance to your reception tables, dessert table, or maybe even for your ceremony! So many ways to use this fun idea, so let’s see how to make it!


Materials needed:
• Driftwood
• Drill
• Spade bit + drill bit set
• Candlesticks
• Succulents of your choice
• 2 large eye hooks (optional)
• rope
• lighter


Step 1: Decide where you want your succulents to be placed in the driftwood. Use your drill and spade bit to make multiple holes in the driftwood so that they connect and become one big hole.


Step 2: After you’ve made the large holes for the succulents, drill holes where you want to place the candlesticks. You can choose to hang the driftwood by tying rope around the two ends or you can add in eyehooks like we did. Select a bit that is barely smaller than the width of the base of your eyehook to ensure that the eyehook is snug in the wood and won’t slip out. Drill a hole that is about 2 inches deep and screw the eyehooks in.


Step 3: Fill the large holes with a little bit of soil and add in your succulents. We chose to use flower shaped succulents and added in some hanging ones and tall ones to make a unique arrangement.


Step 4: Place the candlesticks in the small holes that were drilled out earlier.


Hang your driftwood candelabra, light the candlesticks and enjoy! We chose to hang ours from a low tree branch over a table for two. It could easily be hung at wedding ceremony as a backdrop or used as a unity candle. It could also be hung over the head table at the reception. After the wedding or event, it can be used as a driftwood planter in the garden! Just add more soil and succulents in the holes!


DIY created by Going Lovely exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Looking for creative event design + coordination? Check out San Francisco based Going Lovely for your wedding day! Big thanks also to the talented Kirsten Julia for the photography.

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  1. Love this! Can easily be adjusted for a center piece, wall hanging, anything!! Love the versatility and unfussy, rustic look and feel. Definitely going to make one this weekend!

  2. Love love love this idea! So creative, cool, and cute!

  3. I think I found my first Spring/Summer project! These will definitely help to transform my backyard into an oasis.

    Hopefully my Brides feel the same way! Consider it pinned :)

  4. I’m going to make a wall mountable version of this! So awesome!

  5. This looks fantastic! My fiance and I doing something similar for our centerpieces. We’re using a larger drill bit so we can insert candle votives in each hole as opposed to candlesticks.

  6. love this! someone get me some driftwood!

  7. Beautiful! I love the colors! You girls are amazing!

  8. Such a cute, beautiful, down-to-earth, and creative way of decorating the bride and groom’s table.

  9. I am in love with this! So inspired by you two to make one for my home :)

  10. Awesome idea! I’d love to try this for an outdoor patio. Great tutorial!

  11. This is such a gorgeous/amazing idea! I hope I can incorporate this into a summer project this year. Thanks for the idea and tutorial!

  12. Wow, that looks so amazing. Love the succulents and driftwood together. Thanks for the tutorial!

  13. That is so lovely! It will look perfect on my balcony… Thank you for the BEAUTIFUL inspiration and tutorial!!

  14. Love this idea! I’m inspired to try this this weekend!

  15. I love this idea, and it looks so easy! I like the idea of hanging it on a wall in your house, and think of all the fun ways you could change it up for holidays. Thanks for the inspiration and how to!!!

  16. This candelabra is so gorgeous and the tutorial is on point! The succulents make it even more beautiful!

  17. This is super cute!!!! Such a great idea! :D

  18. super cute! this is so adorable!

  19. Beautiful! I want to try it as a centerpiece. Neat idea.

  20. In love with this! It is such a beautiful focal point, and a unique way to stylize lighting! And who doesn’t love succulents! I can’t wait to make mine!

  21. So creative and inspiring!

  22. Adorable!! I love all the Going Lovely projects – they are always so fun and easy to follow!

  23. What a fun idea! I love anything with succulents!

  24. Love the succulents so pretty!

  25. Love it too ! :) Thanks for sharing.

  26. LOVE LOVE LOVE another Going Lovely project! Super easy to follow and gorgeous!

  27. super cute! perfect for any upcoming events this coming spring and summer!

  28. This is SO cute! I want to make one of these to hang up in my house year-round. Succulents and driftwood – two of my favorite things!

  29. I just love this. Makes me want to say “I do” all over again. I guess I better just make one for my home instead :-)

  30. Fantastic idea that looks super easy to achieve! DIY wedding elements add a fabulous personal touch!

  31. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! We used driftwood on some tables recently in a family wedding, but your idea is incredible!! Love the succulents and the tall candles… and hanging it is so great!! Thanks for sharing!!

  32. Absolutely love this super creative and unique DIY candelabra!!

  33. <3 what a great idea!!! maybe a coconut tree would be good too.

  34. This is probably one of the most creative planters I’ve seen yet! It’s amazing!!

  35. very very very nice!
    I was wondering if the plants are alive and do they stay alive? or are they just for this one event until they wither away?


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