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How to Make a Christmas Candle Holder

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Christmas time smells of oranges, cinnamon, and chocolate and shines with colorful lights. To make your space more festive and bright, decorate it with Christmas accents. You can make Christmas candle holders, for example, and spend the night by candlelight.

5-Minute Crafts would like to share 2 different ways to decorate Christmas candles with you.

A glass candle holder

Gear:

  • A small candle
  • A glass or a small glass jar
  • A hot glue gun with sticks
  • Scissors
  • White acrylic paint
  • A sponge
  • Binder twine
  • White snow spray or spray paint
  • Artificial conifer branches, small cones, and berries

The process:

1. Spray white paint on the upper part of the glass and let it dry.

Life hack: Spraying paint will be easier if you put the glass on something that you can turn without touching the glass, like a saucer, a piece of cardboard, or paper.

2. Cover the conifer branches with white paint, slightly. To do this, apply acrylic paint to the sponge and touch the needles lightly to it.

3. Do the same thing with the cones.

Important: Don’t press on the sponge too hard so that only the edges of branches and cones get painted.

4. With the help of a glue gun, glue one branch and then another to the upper part of the glass. Place the branches at an angle to each other, and make sure that their bottom ends overlap.

5. Attach the cones by gluing them to the base of the branches.

6. Take a few decorative berries on stems, join the stems together, and wrap them around with the binder twine. Tie a bow at the end of the twine and secure it with a drop of glue.

Important: If the berries have long stems, make them slightly shorter. Otherwise, your composition will look messy.

7. Attach the berries to the base of the conifer branches with the help of a hot glue gun.

8. Put the candle inside the glass, and your candle holder is done!

Life hacks:

  • You can use spray paint of any color to tint the glass. Silver and golden colors, for example, create a wonderful Christmas spirit. If you can’t find spray paint, you can use the same approach with the acrylic paint and the sponge as you did when painting the branches and cones.
  • You can use other small objects instead of cones and berries, like wooden figurines, beads, acorns, cinnamon sticks, star anise pods, etc.
  • Instead of binder twine, you can use satin ribbons, narrow strips of fabric, and thin lace.

A candle holder on a circular base

Gear:

  • A thick candle about 4 to 5 inches tall
  • Linen fabric or sackcloth
  • A piece of thick cardboard
  • Scissors
  • A pencil or a pen
  • A hot glue gun with sticks
  • Binder twine
  • Cones, berries, or an artificial conifer branch (or any other decorative objects)

The process:

1. Cut out a circle about 8 to 10 inches in diameter.

Life hack: Use a small saucer to draw a circle without a compass. Just outline it and cut along the contour.

2. Put the circle on the fabric and make sure there are about 4 to 5 inches of fabric around it. Make small cuts on the sides leaving about 0.5 inches between the cut and the circle.

3. Glue the fabric to the cardboard in a circle by using the hot glue gun. Try to avoid sharp corners by adjusting the depth and number of cuts in the fabric.

4. Glue the candle to the center of the composition.

5. Glue the conifer branches, one by one, around the candle. Overlap the branches slightly as if they were to enwrap the candle.

6. Add decorative elements between the branches and glue them. Alternate cones and berries and make sure that these details are placed on different levels. This way, the composition will look more dynamic.

7. Add more conifer branches in the spaces that were not filled with decorative elements.

8. Decorate the candle with the binder twine by tying a small bow. Secure the bow with a drop of glue.

Alternatives:

  • You can use real conifer branches instead of artificial ones. This way, the candle holder will not only be beautiful but also aromatic. However, you should remember that needles begin to shed after a few days without water.
  • Apart from berries, dried citruses circles, cinnamon sticks, walnuts, acorns, and small Christmas balls look great on conifer branches.
  • You can decorate the base with lace, ribbon, or webbing and can replace the linen with any other fabric.
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