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33 Outstanding Candle Craft Ideas

Updated on December 21, 2016
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

A not so well kept secret is that candlelight gives a room elegance and brings a comforting feel to the surroundings. If you add beauty and uniqueness to the equation you have candles with a crafter's touch.

I searched for what I considered outstanding candle projects and when I found them, if the project also included directions, they were the ones I chose to include in this article.

I think you will be pleased with the candle crafts that I found. All of the candle crafts include a picture of the project and the name of the site where you will find the directions. With these ideas you'll have a great start crafting with candles.

Find the directions to make the beautiful etched candle holders above at Crafts Unleashed.

1. Christmas Wine Glass Candle

If you like the looks of this Christmas candle, be sure to visit the site, DiyandCrafts, for the tutorial. This is a strictly, pictures only tutorial, but the pictures are such that you can easily see how to make the candles. I can imagine making candles like these for other holidays, seasons and weddings.

2. Candle Using Mod Podge

Use this idea with different papers, napkins or scrapbooking papers to make a candle exactly like what you want. Go to Creative Passage for all the instructions.

3. Tealight Holder

Start keeping all those small olive, pickle and topping jars to make beautiful Christmas tealight gifts. You'll find the directions for making these simple to make Christmas lights at be a fun mom.

4. Decorative Decal Pillar Candles

There is a definite feel of Spring when you look at these pillar candles. They would make beautiful gifts for a wedding or baby shower. Go to Martha Stewart for the instructions on how to make them.

Safety Tip 1

Always extinguish candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.

5. Leaf Light Lanterns

You'll use real leaves to make this creative lantern. Go to Twig and Toadstool to find out how to make this project.

6. Vintage Image Candles

This is an outstanding project that you will really enjoy. Make candles for all the seasons and holidays. The instructions can be found at VINTAGE IMAGE CRAFT.

Safety Tip 2

Don't burn candles near anything that could catch fire.

7. Snowman Candle

One of my favorite things to do is to make Christmas crafts, and this is a project that I'll be doing this year. You'll find the tutorial for making this snowman candle at Crafts ideas.

8. Lace Covered Candle Holders

You'll find a variety of lace ribbons at any craft store to make candles like these. The laces come in different widths so these are extremely easy to make. For the directions, go to Good Housekeeping.

9. Hanging Jar Lantern

Imagine hanging these candle lanterns on your patio for your next patio party. Easy to make and beautiful. Go to All Free Crafts to find out how to make them.

10. Dried Flowers Candles

Check out the technique for making these candles. I'm going to be making some of these beauties. The instructions can be found at CountryLiving.

11. Snowballs


I love these candles. To find out how easy it is to make them, go to MERRY STOCKINGS.

12. Haunting Glass Candle Holders

Decorating for a Halloween event would be fun with candles like these for a theme. Of course if you used red hearts instead of the black skulls you'd have a nice Valentine theme. Go to OHMY! Creative for the instructions.

Safety Tip 3

Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

13. Burlap and Jute Candle

A great gift idea! Who wouldn't love to receive candles like these that will find a place in any home. Go to Ode to Inspiration for the instructions.

14. Tea Cup Candles

You can find tea cups and saucers at garage sales and Dollar stores, so have fun making these inexpensively. I would want to glue the saucer under the tea cup. You'll find the directions for this project is found at Martha Stewart.

Safety Tip 4

Be sure to place your candle on a heat resistant, stable surface.

15. Halloween Votive Candle - Quick & EZ Kids Craft

16. Tin Can Luminary Candle Holders

This would be a fun project for the family to do together. These luminaries made using recycled tin cans makes the project inexpensive and simple. Find the instructions for this project at My Happy Crafts.

17. Metallic Candle Holders

I think these candle holders are sooooo beautiful, and it's amazing how easily they are made. Go to the Better Homes & Gardens site to see how simple these are to make.

18. Birch Tree Bark Candles

For this very rustic looking candle, go to Country Living for the directions.

19. Thanksgiving Centerpiece

This beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece will look great on your holiday table. To find the instructions on making this project, go to Style Oyster.

20. Silver Star Candle Holder

I found the instructions for making the silver stars for this glass candle holder to be very interesting. Check out the directions given at to make the silver stars, which can be used over and over.

21. Lighthouse Candle Holder

You'll find the instructions at Burton Avenue to make this beautiful lighthouse candle decoration. It's a knockoff version of an expensive purchased lighthouse candle holder.

22. Epsom Salt Candle Jars

I like the wavy edges on this set of candle jars made using epsom salt for the frosty look. You'll find the directions for making these candle jars at GANZ world.

23. Cut Paper Candle Wrap

This project is more time consuming than it is pricey, even though it looks like it would be expensive. See how to make this unique wrap at How About Orange.

24. Decoupaged Tea Light

25. Kirigami Candle Holder

I've never heard of kirigami until seeing this project, so I had to look it up to find that the cuts in the folded paper are what it means. I think this is a very attractive look for a candle holder and can imagine all the variations that are possible, like using white or other colors of paper and other textures of paper. The instructions for this kirigami candle holder are found at My Happy Crafts.

26. City Image Candles

Images used from old books is what makes these candles so unique. A favorite craft whose instructions can be found at CRAFT AND CREATIVITY.

27. Autumn Candle Holders

Usually we associate seeds and beans with the harvest, or autumn, season. Therefore, this candle holder is considered an autumn accessory, but imagine using marbles, or candies instead of the beans. You could easily use this idea and make a candle holder for any season you wish. See the tutorial at Beach House Decorating for making this Autumn candle holder, and then do your own thing.

28. Candle and Goblet Craft

You can decorate your home for different seasons by just changing shades on these goblet candle lamps. Find the instructions for making them at Candle Lampshade Craft. Imagine shades made to look like a snowman face or a Santa.

29. 6 Ways to Re-use Candle Jars

30. Mantle Mania

Can't you just see this candle arrangement on a fireplace mantle? Find out how to make this arrangement at CATHIE FILIAN. Love it!!

31. Washi Tea Lights

Who would have thought that such a simple thing as a strip of Washi tape could make tea lights look elegant. I think this could be used ito enhance a centerpiece arrangement for any occasion or season. This site, is written in a foreign language, but the pictures are a great guide.

32. Candle in a Bottle

Sometimes seeing a craft project will get your imagination going full tilt and you can think of all sorts of ways to use the craft methods used in the project. This is one of those projects. You'll find the tutorial for this candle in a bottle at I love this...

33. Seashell Votives

These little candles are so simple and easy to make....and beautiful. Better Homes and Gardens is the site where you'll find the instructions for making these seashell votives.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      Beautiful candle designs.

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      love the ideas presented here - do you have any suggestions on lemon grass which I love in just about anything but especially with candles

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      love the ideas presented here - do you have any suggestions on lemon grass which I love in just about anything but especially with candles

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      jtbmetaldesigns 5 years ago

      If you want something to the charm of candlelight, check out my lens on metal art candle holders.

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      m massie 5 years ago

      Wow I really like the hurricane lamps they are beautiful and I really think I will try to make one! I wish I had the dough to buy the supplies off your lens right now but it'll have to wait a bit :/ definitely coming back to this though!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great lens!

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Such a nice and complex lens!Creative and fun! Thumbs up for you & keep building new lenses, you have wonderful ideas! : )

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Beautiful! When our kids were little they added rub-ons to votive candle holders as a Christmas gift to their grandparents - the kids loved making those.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Just gorgeous! I love so many of them. Great presentation. Blessed!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What interesting ideas! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!