Make Your Own Incense Holder

Burning incense is an awesome way to create a calming atmosphere inside your home. Incense produces scents that have aromatherapy qualities and it is extremely relaxing just to watch it burn as the thin stream of smoke spirals into the air and then disperses.

I used to burn incense all the time when I was younger, and FP Jana recently sparked my interest in it yet again, as she always has some burning in her bedroom. My only little issue is that I’ve never been able to find an incense holder that I felt would complement the rest of my home décor – and then it hit me. How hard could it be to make an incense holder on my own? Not hard at all. As it turns out, this is one of the simplest DIYs I have ever done.

What You Need

  • A piece of wood
  • A hammer
  • A small nail
  • A stick of incense.


DIY Incense Holder

The piece of wood you see above is actually a natural wooden cutting board that I bought at a home décor store — you can get similar wooden slabs at craft stores — and the stump of wood you’ll see later in this post was purchased at a flea market for $2!

How to Make an Incense Burner

  1. Take a nail, position it on one side of the wood at an angle (so that the incense will hover over the rest of the wood) and hammer it about halfway in.
  2. Remove the nail using the back of your hammer, replace the hole with a stick of incense, and you’re all done!


Hammering nail into wood

Slanted nail, natural wood

DIY Wooden Incense Holders

How easy was that? It would be cool to paint different patterns on the wood and then give it as a gift along with an array of different incense!

DIY Wood Stump Incense Holder

+Now that you are ready to start burning, you’ll need some incense sticks. Check out a variety of scents here!

Photos by Brigette.

More DIY ideas on the BLDG 25 Blog!

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9 years ago

I am in LOVE with this!! I’m always burning nag champa but I hate the generic incense holders. I’m definitely making one of these sometime this week!

9 years ago

This is genius! I love it. Will definitely be doing this soon. :) xx

9 years ago

Thanks so much Bridgette! I have all this amazing expensive Japanese incense that I bought in a Japanese village that doesn’t fit a normal incense holder. Can’t believe I didn’t think of this myself :o)

9 years ago

so simple i love it!

9 years ago

What kind of incense do you use?

This is amazing! I especially love the american flag pant cuffs. The shorts were cute too!

9 years ago

Thanks for the post and for the tutorial which presents the way of making a incense holder by ourselves. The technique is also too simple and interesting. Keep on posting new blogs looking towards the blogs in future.

9 years ago

This is such a great idea! We love incense and homemade DIY projects make it fun for the whole family. What a great weekend project to do with the kids. Thanks for the tip.

joey b.
8 years ago

Thanks for the idea! I love it.

8 years ago

I sell these for only $8 on my Etsy shop!

A custom made, organic, all natural incense holder cut from my small family owned White Pine Tree farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

7 years ago

KISS…”Keep It Simple Stupid” I love the simplicity and rustic nature of your idea. I only took mine a little further and sanded first with a coarse then finer sandpaper, but did not want too varnish to keep more natural, going on to use a dremel tool with grindiing tip to carve conventional trough where ashes fall. I’d like to have a belt sander so I could cut branches to desirable length, sanding the top half away and tthen sanding just enough from bottom to prevent rolling.I’d probaly again use my drimle tool again as before.

am chuks
7 years ago

i wont to know how to produce incense and candle

7 years ago

I was wondering wht type of material do use on the wood

3 years ago

How do you keep the wood from burning? I have a diy burner and the hot ash burned the wood. What kind of coating is safe? Do i use shalack or lacker?

3 years ago
Reply to  Ali

Hi Ali,
That’s a good question! Unfortunately, a quick online search doesn’t yield too much info about the topic. But, I did located a thread in which someone stated that trying a non-polyurethane coating (like shellac) may offer a (shiny) solution.
We would advise testing a sample of wood before applying to your burner to be sure it works? We want you to be safe first and foremost!