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How to Make a Christingle

Updated on July 14, 2015

A Christmas Craft With Meaning

Christingles are a traditional Christmas craft that are both simple and frugal. The materials are not expensive and most of them can be eaten or otherwise used.

Best of all, the Christingle is a distinctly Christian craft, displaying the truth of the holiday season -- Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

What is a Christingle?

A Christingle is a symbolic and edible craft, made from an orange or tangerine, a candle and some candies.

A German minister in the Moravian Church created the Christingle in 1747 to represent Christ's light and love.

In fact, the word Christingle means Christ light.

Some churches have Christingle services. But Christingles can be made at Christmas parties or at family gatherings.

A group of people holding lit Christingles is quite beautiful.

oranges or tangerines

double sided tape

red ribbon

short taper candles


soft candies & sweets

  • marshmallows
  • gumdrops
  • raisins
  • dried cherries

aluminum foil (optional)

Symbolism of the Christingle

And Free Printable Christingle Minibook

1. Orange

The orange (or tangerine) represents the world that God created.

Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

2. Candle

The candle represents Jesus, the Light of the world.

John 8:12 "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.'"

3. Red Ribbon

The red ribbon represents forgiveness. The color signifies the blood of Jesus which was shed on the cross to pay the price for our sins.

Ephesians 1:7 "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding."

4. Four Toothpicks with Candies

The four toothpicks represent the four corners of the earth -- north, south, east, and west. The candies and dried fruits represent the people of the world.

Revelation 7:1 "the four corners of the earth"

Click here or on the thumbnail for a free, printable minibook that explains the meanings of the four parts of a Christingle.

This template is for a four corner minibook (also called an envelope book). Simply cut out the square and fold the corners into the center.

The space in the center is for drawing your own Christingle.

Christmas: Crafts, Stories, Carols

I first learned of Christingles from this book. You can see a Christingle on the left top of the cover of the book. Besides Christingles, it's filled with other Christmas crafts, many of which we have tried over the years.

How to Make a Christingle

The construction of a Christingle is very easy. And with some advance preparation, you can even make Christingle kits to make the process go even more quickly.

  1. Measure and cut your red ribbon. You want it to go around the center of the orange and still have plenty of length for tying a pretty bow.
  2. Wrap double sided tape around the center of your orange, pressing down well to adhere the tape fully. Take the backing off of the double sided tape to expose the sticky part.
  3. Affix the red ribbon to the tape.

    Important tip -- Find the center of your ribbon and affix that first on the place that will become the back of your Christingle. Then working from both sides, wrap the ribbon around so that equal portions are left for tying the bow.

  4. Pull out a plug of peel from the top of the orange. (You may need a knife or corer depending on how hard the fruit is.)
  5. (OPTIONAL) Wrap a square of foil around the bottom of the candlestick.
  6. Insert the candlestick into the plug you created in the top of the orange.
  7. Arrange your fruits and candies onto the toothpicks.
  8. Stick the toothpicks into the orange, balancing them evenly around the Christingle.

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    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image

      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      Very cool idea! Very festive and fun :) Blessed by a squid angel!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      great idea, thanks for posting it. We're making these for our Christmas party but as mini-Christingles using clementines and birthday candles, nice for little ones.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I made these as a child I can remember we were also told the orange represented the world and the light Christ's love. Thank you for reminding me of this tradition

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      VarietyWriter2 8 years ago

      Another great lens by you :)

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a beautiful lens Jimmie, 5***** Sorry I am a bit late getting to it.

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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      A beautiful and entertaining how-to! I've never heard of a Christingle before. So glad I found this page. (: *blessed by an angel*

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      I live near the Moravian Christmas city, Bethlehem PA and I'm sure they do this there. I love this craft and the symbolic meanings behind each element. Lensrolling to my Bethlehem and Christmas craft lenses ... thank you for sharing this. Peace and joy this season to you.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've never heard of this until now, but I absolutely love it! Merry Christmas to you!

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      @OhMe: Ohme! I so appreciate the angel blessing! Merry Christmas.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Cool! I had not heard of a christingle. Blessed by an angel!

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      SquidAngel Blessing on the "En-light-ening" Lens. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I had never heard of a Christingle so thoroughly enjoyed learning about them. What a wonderful craft and great lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Leanne Chesser 8 years ago

      I've never heard of a Christingle before but this looks like a great, meaningful craft. I'm going to pass your lens on to some people who might like to use this.

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      SylvianeNuccio1 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens !

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      KarenTBTEN 8 years ago

      The mini-book is a nice little touch -- my older niece would probably like the craft. (The little one's just two.)