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Is there any time of the year other than the holiday season that’s more appropriate for putting pretty candles around your home? Well, maybe Halloween, but most of those candles are hidden inside pumpkins anyway. Whether you need a centerpiece for a turkey dinner or some big pillar candles to light up your darkened windows once the sun goes down, there are all sorts of festive ways to dress up your candles easily and cheaply for the holidays. Here are 17 DIY ideas to consider! To make all these unique candles you might want to pick up this pack of 100 no-smoke, no-drip tea lights. If you’re worried about an open flame around kids or pets, there are also flameless candles available that are surprisingly realistic!
A Woodland Christmas
Feeling the rustic look this season? Winter foliage is a great way to dress up your home for the holidays, and believe it or not, chunks of wood can make the perfect candle holders. Take a look at this project from Marty’s Musings, which only requires a bit of carving to make room for some red tea lights.
Likewise, pinecones can work in a similar way — if you can find ones that are big enough to fit candles. You may be able to pick up some artificial pinecones from any craft store too. Check out these glittery pinecone candle holders from A Little Loveliness.
If you were intrigued by the first idea with the wood chunks, you should consider using birch wood if you’d like to add some extra designs to its bark. Etsy shop Twigs and Blossoms sells these candle holders with snowflake designs occasionally, if you want to buy them readymade.
For a natural way to bring the lovely scent of cinnamon into your home, try wrapping large pillar candles in cinnamon sticks like these selections from Home Stories A to Z. The warmth of the candle will warm up the sticks to help stimulate their beautiful aroma!
Cozy by the Fire
It turns out sweaters aren’t just for people, small dogs, or hairless cats. You can put sweater-like knits on some plain-looking pillar candles too, like these gorgeous sweater sleeves featured by Digs Digs. I’d suggest putting the candles in glass cylinders first and placing the knitted wool over the glass to prevent fires.
Got some extra Christmas candy lying around? Do your waistline a bit of a favor by using them for decoration instead of eating them. Etsy shop Pine Knobs and Crickets sells these cute little mason jar candle holders filled with candies, which are easy enough to make on your own too.
Stonewall Kitchen puts a different twist on the Christmas candy idea by gluing them to large pillar candles.
To make your own Christmas-shaped candles, you can actually just use regular cookie cutters. Pop Sugar has a great DIY tutorial for how to do this.
You can’t exactly bring snow inside or anywhere near a flame, but you can certainly recreate the look. For this, epsom salts and some optional glitter will do the trick. These mason jar candle holders from Her Toolbelt use epsom salts to trace out some very wintery designs.
As an alternative to epsom salts, you can opt for a less messy white craft marker or paint to draw some snowflakes on your mason jars, like this project from A Beautiful Mess.
If you’re not afraid of glitter, you can use it on your candle holders to add a real shimmery effect that stands out in the light of the flame. Check out these gorgeous icicle candle holders from Homemade Home Ideas.
As a very simplified option, you could just fill some mason jars with epsom salts and place candles in them, like these from My Untangled Life. Looks just like real snow!
Or why not go all out by combining the snowy epsom salt effect with the shimmeriness of glitter?! Chatelaine featured these beautiful colored mason jars that have been rolled in both the salts and the glitter.
Floating candles look beautiful no matter what, thus making them an easy DIY option for you to try this holiday season. Try filling some pretty glass bowls with Christmas plants and flowers, like these creations with holly in them, from Christian PF.
Pop Sugar even shows how you can use a simple wine glass and some cranberries with a floating candle for a super easy and elegant idea.
Got a few extra Christmas ball ornaments that didn’t fit on the tree? Throw them in a big glass cylinder like this example from Brady Lou, and pair them up with some round floating candles that blend right in.
Candles are always beautiful around the holidays, but please be extra careful if you plan to use them! Don’t put candles in any places where they could easily be knocked over or catch fire to something. And please, don’t leave your candles unattended either. No matter how great they may look, you never want to sacrifice safety.