3 Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas that Take Less Than 5 Minutes to Make!

Last Updated on August 29, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster

One of the drawbacks to living far away from family is that our holidays are rather quiet affairs.  Every other year or so family or friends come to visit but this year it will just be my husband and I and the kids.  However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want the holidays to be special!  These Christmas candle decorating ideas are inexpensive and easy to put together.  That means I get plenty of holiday spirit without going broke or stressing out about fancy centerpieces!

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If you find yourself without guests this holiday season, don’t skimp on the small things.  You would be amazed at the memories you can create with only 5 minutes worth of work! Pair these easy decorating ideas with my microwave peanut brittle and you will have a quick, easy, and festive holiday!


Easy DIY Christmas Candles


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Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas

These Christmas candle decorating ideas require very few supplies and very little effort.  However, they will add just a touch of holiday spirit to your dinner table or mantle.  Please make sure you don’t leave candles unattended!  Any unattended candle can become a holiday fire hazard! These aren’t complicated.   You can do this, I promise!  And adding natural elements like pine needles is a great way to add texture to your home.

5 minutes Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas with Wine Glasses


Wine or martini glasses.  I used martini glasses since I thought they looked classier.

Red tea light candles

Pine tree trimmings.  Use whatever type of pine branches you have available.


Trim the pine branches to about3 to 4 inches long and tuck a few into a glass before gently setting it on the table.  I found it helpful to sort of turn the branches into a circle to keep them tucked inside.

Place the tealight candle on the base of the stem which is now pointing upwards. Light and enjoy!


DIY Christmas Candles


Mason jars.  Use a medium-sized one, whatever size and variety you have on hand.

Fresh cranberries

Pine branch trimmings

White floating candles



Tuck the pine branch trimmings into the bottom of the Mason jar.

Pour in a couple inches of fresh cranberries

Add water and top with floating candle.  Light and enjoy!


Christmas Candle Centerpieces


Clear jars.  I prefer to have no pattern on this one.  You can buy jars with metal lids that have no pattern on the glass up upcycle glass jars from your pantry.

Wide Christmas ribbon

Jute Twine

White floating candles


Cut your ribbon to wrap once around the jar.  You can have someone help you hold it in place or use a small piece of clear tape.

Wrap a piece of jute twine around the jar and tie in a knot.  Trim the edges so about an inch or two is left

Fill the mason jar with water and add your floating candle.  Light and enjoy!


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I am not a huge decorator.  My house will never look like a magazine photo shoot took place here.  And when it comes to crafting and DIY I always try to go with simple decorating projects whenever possible.  However, these Christmas candle decorating ideas are easy enough for even ME to do without injury!  Christmas is coming quickly so start planning now and remember to not stress yourself out with over the top projects when simple can be just as elegant!

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  1. These are all so festive! I can picture a bit more holiday cheer going on my table this year with these.

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