Christmas Candle Ideas

by Rhondi Mullins on December 4, 2013

This post about Christmas candle ideas all started because my mind has a tendency to wander..

Every morning in December, as soon as we have our tree set up in the living room I light some candles and light up the tree.  Then I bring my tea, my journal and my bible and curl up in a chair to have some quiet time before the day’s activities begin.  As I was sitting there looking at the flickering candles in the big glass vases, my mind began to wander and I thought how pretty they were and how easy it was to just plop a candle in a glass container  and group a few together.

Christmas Cup of tea

Did you notice the broom in the corner of the picture? Oh well!


I have a lot of crystal which sparkles when it has a candle in it.

Christmas mantle

Our mantle is decorated with crystal, a little silver, pine cones and holly.  It’s not really Christmasy so I might leave it that way for awhile in the new year.

Christmas mantle

Anyway I got thinking that everyone doesn’t have crystal for their candles but there are lots of ways to use candles to get a sparkle without spending much money.

These glass containers were yard sale finds, $2 & $3 each.  They make a great statement alone or in a group.

candles in glass

You can leave them plain or add something like glass balls for a little more sparkle

candles in glass with christmas balls

Putting a mirror  behind the candle adds more sparkle.  I just got this mirror the other day, $3., so I just leaned it up against the wall to see how it would look.

candles in glass with mirror

 Pine cones  give a more woodsy feel.  I look for pine trees along the side of the road and collect pine cones on the ground around the trees.

candle with pinecones

pinecones and candles

Lots of Christmas candle ideas come to mind.  Group several on a silver tray.

candles in silver tray

You don’t have a silver tray?  A dinner plate will work fine.  You can find plain white at Dollar Tree, or at Goodwill .

candles on plate

One candle on a colorful plate in a hurricane always looks classic.  You can use your coupon at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and get one very cheap.

candle in hurricane lamp

Any tray with one candle and some greenery around it is so simple and pretty.  I am lucky because we have a huge hedge of holly right outside our door which is what I used here.  If you live in an apartment or have no greenery at your home, maybe a friend or neighbor will let you cut a branch or two.

candles on tray with holly

I hope you’re not tired yet.  I have just a few more Christmas candle ideas which can be done with what you have on hand. This one is pretty simple: a glass from your kitchen with a small candle in it, some scrunched up aluminum foil and a  few green leaves on a plate.

candle in glass

A colorful glass on a plate, with holly.  The glass was a recent Dollar Tree find, so cute!

candle in dollar tree glass

While I was getting the glass out of the kitchen cupboard I thought, “What other random thing could I use?”    A colander is pretty random.  That’s not something you would think to put a candle in.

Some jute ties around the candle and pine cones scattered around it. Love it!

candle in colander

But you might say, I don’t have an old colander, or fresh ivy or even nice fat candles.   But you probably have a few old candles that are burnt down low, a plate, some aluminum foil, paper and  scissors?  Well let’s use that.

cheap candle display

Melt the bottom of the candles enough to make the wax sticky so you can adhere them to the plate.  Make a wreath with the aluminum foil.

candles with snowflakes

Make a couple of small snowflakes  to put around it.  Careful they aren’t close to the flame.

cheap candle arrangement

There is no end to the number of Christmas candle ideas, so look around your house and see what you’ve got.  Might be fun to do a link up for Christmas Candle Ideas.  Anyone interested?

Today I am joining

Works For Me Wednesday

What’s It Wednesday

Whimsy Wednesday

Whatever Goes Wednesday


Rhondi xo

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Rosella December 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Your candle ideas are wonderful! We have a tradition over here to load up the old Hoosier Cupboard in the kitchen with all sorts of candles and greenery every Christmas eve! It’s always so pretty. I loved your collander one with the jute and pinecones the best – must be the “country” girl in me.


Pondside December 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

I love candlelight. When we first moved out to Pondside we were subject to many power outages. I quickly learned to put candles in front of mirrors, on mirrors or silver trays, or even in front of a sheet of aluminum foil. I’d get at least double the light that way. Now my wall sconces are mirrored so that I don’t have to scramble when we have a storm.


Adrienne December 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm

These are great ideas! I love candles and I can’t ever have too many. I have some out but I’m not finished – I plan to add more!


Beverly December 5, 2013 at 7:59 am

Great ideas, Rhondi. There is just something so specil about candlelight.


Elizabethd December 5, 2013 at 7:41 am

What lovely inspiring ideas Rhondi. Thank you!


Wendy Love December 5, 2013 at 7:15 am

Oh what a wonderful post! You really had fun with this! Kind of reminded me of the song “There’s a Hole in the Bucket” which just keeps going and going….! What great ideas! I have the cleverest sister in the world. Wish I was there to enjoy the tea and the candles….and the sister!


Podso December 5, 2013 at 6:10 am

Nice creative ideas. I also use canning jars. And I agree, there is nothing better than sitting by the tree in the early morning for some quiet time!


Sarah December 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Lovely ideas, Rhondi. I like to use candles in crystal because everything sparkles. I have some beautiful pieces from my mom, so it will be extra special to use them this year. ~ Sarah


Kim December 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I was so happy to see your comment. I had somehow lost track of you and have missed you and your pretty blog.
You have provided a lot of great candle inspiration here today. I’ve been playing around with my mantle without great success. It seemed to be lacking something. I am now thinking it might be the candles in crystal. I am off to dig out my crystal vases and candles. Thanks so much for sharing.


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