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Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas

Updated on November 17, 2014

Christmas Candles

Christmas is a festival of joy celebrated widely across the world. Candles are like emblems in Christmas. They provide a passionate glow in this auspicious atmosphere. There are several reasons why candles are associated with Christmas. The lighting of the candles signifies the birth of the Jesus and the revival of the life force. Just like the candle, Jesus also gave away His entire being for the welfare of His people. It stands for purity and the right path that one should follow in life.

Candles are elegant Christmas decorations that create a special atmosphere. They dramatically transform the décor, bringing warmth and intrigue into the house. You can find them everywhere in the house. They are usually placed on the fireplace, tables, windowsills and staircase to beautify the house. The glow of candles makes everything look beautiful. Here are some simple candle decorating ideas to help you beautify the house this Christmas.

Decorating Your Christmas Candles

Christmas Candle Centerpieces

Candles are one of the essential part of most Christmas table decorating ideas. Purchase candles in pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar plum, warm vanilla, cinnamon and gingerbread scents to create a vibe of Christmas in the house. Keep the scented candles away from food so that it does not neutralize the aroma of a ham or turkey. Scented candles are ideal for the hallway or entrance. The heavenly scent of these candles will create a warm, welcoming ambience.


Winter is all about snowflakes. You can add a wintry glow to your house by making a snowflake emboss on a pillar candle. Press a snowflake embossing ink and then sprinkle with red embossing powder. Then press the stamp against the candle. Use a heat gun to embed the pattern into the candle. For best results, follow the manufacturer’s instruction.

Giving a classy look to the table can never be so easy and affordable. White candles look amazing when placed on silver platters. They provide an instant elegance to the décor. Silver platter is best for holding mini candles or votive. You can also add additional items like rose petals, rocks, confetti, flower or anything creative to the platter. This decoration idea is suitable for a Christmas Eve dinner with friends and family.

Clear glass candleholders are excellent decorative items. Place a candle in a glass and then fill it with water and cranberries. Alternatively, you can customize the holder with miniature pinecones, seashells, acorns or colorful glass beads. Glass candleholder is perfect to beautify your dining table.

Candleholders are one of the easiest ways to beautify a simple candle. Select holders in different shapes and sizes to add a subtle touch of beauty in your house. Metal candleholders are great for dressing up a corner of the house. You can also consider candleholders in white porcelain with gold accents for a simple and elegant look. An empty candleholder is also functional and decorative. When selecting candleholders, consider how attractive the holder will look in your home when not in use.

Don’t you think there is something magical about fire dancing on water? The flickers of a candle flame appear very radiant and twice as beautiful when reflected in the water. Floating candles have a flat bottom so that they don’t tip or flip over. Take a crystal bowl and place some floating candles in it. Place some rose petals in the bowl for an extra appealing look. Learn how to make Christmas floating candles.


Christmas luminaries can make your holiday mesmerizing and magical. Here are some of the easy to make Christmas luminaries for the holiday.


Hanging candles are usually used as charming showpieces in gardens and homes. They spread the luminous glow of candles all across the room. Suspend the handing candleholders on the branches of the trees or ceiling to enliven the milieu with splendid beauty. You can also group together a couple of hanging candle holders for a magical lightening. There are different varieties of hanging candleholders for you to decorate your house.


Are you looking for ways to put your canning jars into use? Then here is an excellent idea. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar and double knot to secure. Fill the two third of the jar with water and then add a small floating candle to it. Group all the jars and then embellish the background with sprigs and glass ball ornaments.

Candles placed on staircase may look like a stairway to heaven if placed strategically. You can use candles in different shapes and sizes for a heavenly touch. For extra safety, use battery operated candles or luminaries. Do not let the candles burn attended and keep it away from children or pet. Make sure that the candles are away from all the flammable objects. Place the candles on heat resistant surface. Do not allow the candles to burn all the way down as this can spoil your stairs.

Do-It-Yourself Christmas Candles

Arrange your pillar candles in stair steps order to create a classic display. Opt for candles of varying height. Wrap the candle with cinnamon and the ribbon of your choice to add glamour. This display will look good as a centerpiece on the dining table.

Creating a candles cape in different colors is the best way to add vibrancy to the home. Fill a tray with an assortment of different colored candles in various shapes and sizes, scents and place on the shelf of the house. Bright colored candles look brilliant enclosed in a jar or a decorative glass. Candles in darker colors will look great placed on the mantel piece. Deep red colored candles will give a luxurious touch when paired with gold decorative elements. Ivory colored candles are versatile and go with everything.

Light up your house this Christmas with this stunning looking candle. Candles, when paired with greens will provide a sophisticated touch to it. Set a pillar candle in a glass container and the surround it with bits of grasses. Place the candle on pastel saucers or tray to display on a shelf or mantle. The green grass will go well with the welcoming warmth of candlelight. Arrange the candles along a walkway to welcome your guests.

Prior to the advent of electricity, people burned candle chandeliers to illuminate their house. Today, it is a popular way to illuminate the home during the festivals. A chandelier fitted with candles will make a festive lightening source for the holiday dinners. This idea is perfect if you have a chandelier with a flat base. This will help it catch the base. Do not try this idea if you have an antique chandelier, as the wax from the tapers would drip onto the table.

How to Make Your Own Christmas Candle Holders

Easy Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas


This is the simplest way to decorate candles. Wrap pillar candles in Christmas themed ribbon for an instant makeover. Secure the ends of the ribbons with a double-sided tape. When the Christmas season is over, remove the ribbon and reuse the candles for the rest of the year.


Give your porcelain teacup a makeover by using them as a candleholder. Take antique porcelain teacups in different colors place small, scented candles in it. Old teacup candleholders will give a cottage like look to your house. Place them on the mantelpiece for an illuminating display. Place a mirror behind the row of cups. This will reflect the flickering light, giving a beautiful look.


Do you know why red and green colors are associated with Christmas? Plants like Holly, mistletoe and ivy have been used for thousands of years to brighten up the buildings during the dark, long winter. Red, on the other hand, represents the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. This color combination looks great in candle arrangement as well. Take a glass pot and place a white pillar candle in it. Then add a bit of greenery and berries to it. This will fill your house with Christmas-y vibes.

Christmas Candles for Outdoor

Line the walkway or entrance of your house with pillar or scented candles for a warm welcome. Place a wreath beside it to create a welcoming scene. You can also use garden candleholders for illuminating the walkway of the garden. Never leave the lit candles unattended.

Take a cue from the pictures given above to create your own candle decorating ideas. Do not forget to share your experience with us in the comment box.


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