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36 Outstanding Candle Craft Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.


Candle Craft Ideas

A not so well-kept secret is that candlelight gives a room elegance and brings a comforting feel to the surroundings. If you add beauty and uniqueness to the equation, you have candles with a crafter's touch.

I searched for what I considered outstanding candle projects, and if the projects I found also included directions, I chose to include them in this article.

I think you will be pleased with the candle crafts that I found. All of the candle crafts include a picture of the project and the site's name, where you will find the directions. With these ideas, you'll have a great start crafting with candles.

Find the directions to make the beautiful, etched candle holders above at Average But Inspired.


1. Christmas Wine Glass Candle

If you like the looks of this Christmas candle, be sure to visit the site, DiyandCrafts, for the tutorial. This is a strictly, pictures only tutorial, but the pictures are such that you can easily see how to make the candles.


2. Candle Using Mod Podge

Use this idea with different papers, napkins or scrapbooking papers to make a candle exactly like what you want. Go to Creative Passage for all the instructions.


3. Tealight Holder

Start keeping all those small olive, pickle and topping jars to make beautiful Christmas tealight gifts. You'll find the directions for making these simple to make Christmas lights at be a fun mom.


4. Decorative Pillar Candles

There is a definite feel of Spring when you look at these paper wrapped pillar candles. They would make beautiful gifts for a wedding or baby shower.


5. Leaf Light Lanterns

You'll use real leaves to make this creative lantern. Go to Twig and Toadstool to find out how to make this project.

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6. Holiday Floating Candles

This is an outstanding project that you will really enjoy. Make holiday floating candles for your own use or to give as gifts.


8. Glitter Valentine Votive Holders

For the directions to make these glitter Valentine votive holders, go to Practically Functional.


9. Hanging Jar Lantern

Imagine hanging these candle lanterns on your patio for your next patio party. Easy to make and beautiful. Go to All Free Crafts to find out how to make them.


10. Dried Flowers Candles

Check out the technique for making these candles. I'm going to be making some of these beauties. The instructions can be found at CountryLiving.


11. Ombre Glitter Candles

I love these candles. To find out how easy it is to make them, go to The Simply Crafted Life.


12. Haunting Glass Candle Holders

Decorating for a Halloween event would be fun with candles like these for a theme. Of course if you used red hearts instead of the black skulls you'd have a nice Valentine theme. Go to OHMY! Creative for the instructions.


13. Stenciled Burlap Candleholders

A great gift idea! Who wouldn't love to receive a beautiful stenciled candle holder like this?


14. Tea Cup Candles

You can find tea cups and saucers at garage sales and Dollar stores, so have fun making these inexpensively. I would want to glue the saucer under the tea cup. You'll find the directions for this project is found at Martha Stewart.

15. Halloween Votive Candle


16. Tin Can Luminary Candle Holders

This would be a fun project for the family to do together. These luminaries made using recycled tin cans makes the project inexpensive and simple. Find the instructions for this project at Craft Foxes. I really like the handles on these luminaries.


18. Birch Tree Bark Candles

For this very rustic looking candle, go to Country Living for the directions.


19. Colorful Washi Tape Candles

To find the instructions on making this project, go to I Spy DIY.


20. Silver Star Candle Holder

I found the instructions for making the silver stars for this glass candle holder to be very interesting. Check out the directions given at to make the silver stars, which can be used over and over.


21. Lighthouse Candle Holder

You'll find the instructions at Thrifty Fun to make this beautiful lighthouse candle decoration.


22. Epsom Salt Candle Jars

I like the wavy edges on this set of candle jars made using epsom salt for the frosty look. You'll find the directions for making these candle jars at GANZ world.


23. Cut Paper Candle Wrap

This project is more time consuming than it is pricey, even though it looks like it would be expensive. See how to make this unique wrap at How About Orange.


25. Heart Candle Holder

Make a beautiful pastel candle holder like this one using chalk paint. The instructions for this candle holder are found at This Grandma is Fun.


26. City Image Candles

Images used from old books is what makes these candles so unique. A favorite craft whose instructions can be found at CRAFT AND CREATIVITY.


27. Driftwood Candle Holders

Find the tutorial for making this shabby chic driftwood candle holder at Live Creatively Inspired.


28. Candle and Goblet Craft

You can decorate your home for different seasons by just changing shades on these goblet candle lamps. Find the instructions for making them at Candle Lampshade Craft. Imagine shades made to look like a snowman face or a Santa.


30. Mantle Mania

Can't you just see this candle arrangement on a fireplace mantle? Find out how to make this arrangement at CATHIE FILIAN. Love it!!


31. Washi Tea Lights

Who would have thought that such a simple thing as a strip of Washi tape could make tea lights look elegant. This site, is written in a foreign language, but the pictures are a great guide.


32. Vintage French Candles

Imagine all the ways to use the craft methods used in the project. The tutorial for how to transfer an image to a candle is found at Hometalk. I love the French labels at The Graphic Fairy, and they're free.


33. Peppermint Striped Candlesticks

Make a beautiful holiday centerpiece with these peppermint striped candlesticks. Just add a little greenery and you're set to go.


34. Polka Dot Candles

I think these glittery dots on the candle makes them simple and elegant. They would be a beautiful wedding decoration. Find the instructions at Craft Katch.


35. Glitter Pumpkin Candles

These really simple to make glitter pumpkin candles will give your fall table a festive look.


36. Air Wick Party Favors

These elegant Air Wick party favors would be perfect for a bridal shower or baby shower gift.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

How do you craft with candles? or leave a comment.

DecoratingMom411 on January 13, 2013:

Beautiful candle designs.

tricomanagement on April 02, 2012:

love the ideas presented here - do you have any suggestions on lemon grass which I love in just about anything but especially with candles

tricomanagement on April 02, 2012:

love the ideas presented here - do you have any suggestions on lemon grass which I love in just about anything but especially with candles

jtbmetaldesigns on March 31, 2012:

If you want something to the charm of candlelight, check out my lens on metal art candle holders.

m massie on March 28, 2012:

Wow I really like the hurricane lamps they are beautiful and I really think I will try to make one! I wish I had the dough to buy the supplies off your lens right now but it'll have to wait a bit :/ definitely coming back to this though!

anonymous on March 28, 2012:

This is a great lens!

crstnblue on March 23, 2012:

Such a nice and complex lens!Creative and fun! Thumbs up for you & keep building new lenses, you have wonderful ideas! : )

Camden1 on March 21, 2012:

Beautiful! When our kids were little they added rub-ons to votive candle holders as a Christmas gift to their grandparents - the kids loved making those.

WriterJanis2 on March 20, 2012:

Just gorgeous! I love so many of them. Great presentation. Blessed!

JoshK47 on March 20, 2012:

What interesting ideas! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!