Make beautiful Christmas candles & decorations with aromatic cedar, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, etc. Easy farmhouse decor, crafts, and great gift ideas!
No need to buy special Christmas candles to decorate your home! You can transform plain white pillar candles easily in just 10-20 minutes, using things you already have!
VERY IMPORTANT: we used wide candles that will only burn in the center in the photos. However, these decorated candles are FOR DECORATIONS ONLY. DO NOT burn these candles, and NEVER BURN ANY CANDLES UNATTENDED due to fire hazard! You can also decorate battery operated LED candles.
Now collect some conifer clippings from your garden, some cinnamon sticks from your kitchen, let’s make some great smelling Christmas candles for festive decorations and easy gifts!
Check out the video tutorial or skip to written tutorial below!
Materials & tools to make Christmas candles:
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- You can often find 3″ wide white pillar candles at thrift stores, or get them on Amazon here, or battery operated flickering LED candles. DO NOT BURN these decorated candles! They are for decorations only!
- Some hemp twine or peppermint twine. And a few rubber bands will make this DIY so much easier!
- If you want to give these candles as gifts, these clear cello bags will make the perfect packaging!
Step 1: gather natural materials to decorate your Christmas candles
Choose leaves and clippings that are thick, stiff and long lasting.
I love cedar branches because they smell amazing and can stay green for weeks after being cut. Make the cedar clippings a little shorter than the height of the candle.
Of course everyone loves candles with cinnamon sticks! Bay leaves are great choices too because of their fragrance and long lasting green color.
Now it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas! 🙂
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Step 2: how to decorate Christmas candles with cedar tree clippings
Helpful hack: we will be using a couple of rubber bands to hold everything together, and remove them after we tie the twine around.
The rubber bands should be tight on the candle with some extra room to stretch further.
Take a cedar clipping and tuck it between the candle surface and the rubber band. Repeat with a few more clippings to cover around the candle.
Wrap hemp twine tightly around the candle and cedar clippings. I wrapped the twine close to the bottom of the candle.
Tie a knot and trim off the excess twine. Remove the rubber bands. Now we have a beautiful cedar candle for our Christmas decorations. How easy is that?!
The bay leaf candle above is made in exactly the same way. You can also layer different decorative materials on the candles which we will see in the next step.
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Step 3: make candle decorations with cinnamon sticks and bay leaves
We will be using a variation of the technique from Step 2.
First arrange a circle of bay leaves around the candle using rubber bands to hold them in place.
Overlap the leaves about 1/2″ where they meet.
Use two different rubber bands to hold the cinnamon sticks as you add them to where the leaves overlap.
If the leaves shift a little, you can adjust them at the end.
Once everything is in place, tie two rows of hemp twine tightly around the cinnamon sticks and candle , one row towards the top and one row towards the bottom.
Remove the rubber bands. You can tie more twine around if you want everything to be a little tighter.
Don’t you think these decorated candles would make great farmhouse decor and gifts?!
If you want to give these candles as gifts, put them in these clear cello bags with twist ties!
VERY IMPORTANT: we used wide candles that will only burn in the center in the photos. However, these decorated candles are FOR DECORATIONS ONLY. DO NOT burn these candles, and NEVER BURN ANY CANDLES UNATTENDED due to fire hazard! You can also decorate battery operated flickering LED candles.