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How To Dress Your Candles For Christmas

November 28, 2022

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Make your very own taper candle rings with this quick, easy and elegant home decor craft for Christmas.

Grab your supplies at the dollar store and whip them up in minutes for a fun and festive holiday look.

Evergreen Christmas Candle Rings

Candles are a decorating staple in my home all year long. However during the Christmas season, they're literally everywhere.

I used to rely on mini lights to illuminate my rooms, but for the past several years, I've replaced them with candles.

There's just something about them. A bit more charming. A bit more cozy.

And a whole lot less annoying to set up.

No cords, no wires and no timers.

And since I use these battery operated taper candles there are no flames either.

I just pop those babies into my {thrifted} brass candlesticks, hit the button on the bottom, to set them, and then every night after that they go on automatically.

Like magic. Christmas magic.

Christmas Candles On The Mantel

Some of the candles are naked.

I leave them unadorned and enjoy the simplicity of their lines and style. 

Others get dressed up with candle rings, taper rings to be specific. You know, they look like little wreaths hugging the wax.

I have plain white berry ones, that I use all year round.

Then I have several that are made of shiny red balls.

But with candle explosion that happened this particular Christmas, due to my expanded collection of brass, I didn't have enough rings to go around.

And to be honest, I didn't even think about shopping for more, since they can be rather pricey. I just let that idea go.

Candle Rings for Christmas on a candle collection

Then last night, I was sitting at my kitchen table, staring at those flickering lights when a lightbulb went off in my head and immediately I knew how I was going to make my own.

I've made candle rings before and glitter candle holders, both with supplies from Dollar Tree. So it's no surprise that's where I grabbed my supplies this time.

Although...I have to say, that's not why I bought these particular items, but once I had them in my house, I knew they were perfect.

If you're not into the DIY and want a quick holiday fix, here are a few options:

Pip Berry Taper Wreaths
Small Berry Candle Ring
White Pip Berry Rings
White and Red Rings

How To Make Taper Candle Rings For Christmas

Super simple and very inexpensive.

Here are my supplies:


I found them all at Dollar Tree, but you can get them online, too.

Christmas Candle Rings DIY Supplies

The basics:

Wired Garland Ties
White Berry Picks 
Red Berry Garland

You can also add:

Mini pinecones
Tiny bells
Small shiny balls
Miniature holly leaves
Glitter

These candles:

Plain- the ones I have
They also come in birch bark, green and a honeycomb pattern, half melted and swirls.
Some have remotes and timers.

There's no right or wrong here, add whatever makes you smile and whatever coordinates with your own decor.

Making The Ring

Are you ready for the very complicated directions?

I'm just kidding, because literally all I did was wind one of the evergreen garland ties loosely around my finger a few times.

Dollar Tree Candle Rings DIY winding a circle

And then I wrapped the ends around each other to form a fluffy circle.

Mini Candle Wreaths DIY From Dollar Tree Supplies

Once I had several made up, I started decorating them. Now, I only had the red pip berry garland and white berries in my craft cabinet, so that's all I used.

Then again, I'm a simple girl, I probably wouldn't have added much more.

Adding Berry Garland


I started with the pip berry garland, because it didn't involve glue.

Red Berry Taper Candle Rings

I wrapped the wire around the garland tie and kept fluffing the greenery as I moved around the circle.

When I was satisfied with the amount of red I added, I stopped. 

That's it.

Very easy.

Taper Candle Rings on Brass Candlesticks

Adding Berries To The Taper Rings


Then I moved onto the white berry ones. 

For those I picked clumps of berries off the stems and used hot glue to add them to the rings.

How To Make Candle Rings For Christmas with hot glue and white berries

I used a lot of glue and added them both as individual berries and in clumps. 

Then I placed them around the inner edge of the circle in a random pattern.

There was no rhyme or reason to where I put them, I stuck them wherever I felt they looked best.

And, trust me, none of them were the same.

Adding  Faux Berries To Christmas Candle Rings

I made three of the white berry version and added them to my silver thrift store candelabra.

An elegant addition to my holiday hallway.

Christmas Candelabra With DIY Taper Rings

I was so taken with the way they turned out, and transformed my candles, I wanted to add them to every single candle I owned.

Luckily, that pack included 12 ties. 

Enough to make the entire cottage just a little more festive for Christmas.

How To Make Candle Rings

And I did it all in about 10 minutes and for $1.25.

How fabulous.

Hey, before you run I wanted to share a few quick candle ring making tips.

Mini Candle Wreaths DIY Tutorial


1. I made tapers using one tie per ring. You can make them fatter if you want by doubling up the ties, but I like them as a demure accent.

2. This same technique could also be used to make pillar candle rings or votive wreaths by adjusting the size of the center hole.

3. I would use several ties bunched together for the pillars, since you'd want a fuller look.

Or you could use a piece of regular garland for the pillars...or if you're going to make a ring for a large hurricane candle glass. The scale might work better.

4. You can modify this home decor craft for anytime of the year. Swap out the evergreen for small scale floral garland for spring/ summer or leaf garland for fall and you're set.

5. Lastly, be careful with that glue gun. It gets very hot and those berries are tiny. 

Just because the candles don't have flames, doesn't mean you can't get burned. 

And that's no fun before Christmas.


Happy Crafting!


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  1. Well, how cute are those! And so easy. :) Now I feel I need to get some battery operated tapers!

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    1. They’re the best, Mari. I think I have a small addiction. 😉

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  2. Your taper rings are lovely, Kim and so easy to DIY!

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    1. Thanks Cecilia! I love them and yes, so easy. That the best kind of DIY! Happy Holidays!

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  3. Those are super cute. And a great idea to make your own. I went awhile back to hobby lobby and Michaels looking for candle rings. The young gals working there looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language. Then the other day I went to the store looking for cocktail bread for my cheese fondue and got blank stares....I'm really starting to feel old...lol.

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  4. I have a set of candlesticks that need a little something and now I know I can make my own embellishments! Why didn't I think of this?

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    1. I just love candles that are dressed! I'm glad I'm not alone.

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  5. Oh goodness, another great idea. I love it.
    But... I can not find taper candles at actual shops in my neck of the woods. I have one on the dinning room table that I light for our dinner, it is getting shorter and shorter. Ha! I guess I will have to look online.
    Isn't that goofy.

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    1. That is goofy!! It's amazing what stores DON'T carry anymore. Candles are a basic. You would think they'd be everywhere. I hope you find some!!

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  6. What a easy way to dress up candles for the holiday's, I love both versions. The red and white berries. I need to get some of those battery operated lights.

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    1. Thanks Linda!! You're so creative I know you could make these and add them to your pretty shop.

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  7. These are pretty, Kim! And wow, your three branch silver candelabra is stunning! I've been thinking about ordering some glass bobeches for my taper candlesticks after cleaning the wax off all of them for Christmas (my freezer loaded with them for a day so I could get the old wax off easily). The little rings would dress them up nicely. It probably would be a good idea to switch to battery operated candles for safety reasons. I love your rings, especially the ones with white berries.
    Thanks for telling me about your rotator cuff injury, Kim. I do hope it continues to heal!
    Dewena

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    1. Thanks so much, Dewena! That candelabra was such a great find at the thrift store. I bet it would look great with some of those glass rings, too!!

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  8. These little rings are so very cute, Kim! They really do add a festive touch.

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    1. Thank you, Kitty!! I really like the way they turned out and they were so easy to make.

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  9. Having trouble commenting!
    These do look very nice.

    Happy December Wishes.

    All the best Jan
    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sorry about that, Jan! I appreciate you trying again. And thanks for the comment.

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  10. 10 minutes and $1.25? That's a win! The candles look beautiful all dressed up in their new outfits!

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    1. Thanks Amy! They were a bargain DIY for sure.

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  11. Don't you just love it when that lightbulb goes off, Kim? The candle rings are very pretty, and I love their simplicity. The silver candelabra in the hallway is the bomb! Hope you have a great week! Hugs.

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  12. That looks lovely. Simple touches like that make such a big difference and take the ordinary to a whole new level.

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