Crafty & Creative DIY Candle Holders

It is that time of year when we all start pulling out the candles, and while it’s fine to just set them in a plain old crystal candle-holder, why not get creative? We have a bunch of great tutorials on DIY candle holder projects for you. Use them for the holidays, for your dinner table, or to decorate your mantels and tables with. Bring on the glow of candle season!(And that’s any season!)



How to Make Candle Holders

Tea Beyond’ used clear coffee cups and saucers (dollar tree!) to create super fast and easy votive candle holders.

DIY candle holders


The Excited Bride (no, you don’t have to be planning a wedding to use this idea!) has this great idea for candle holders made from doilies. Easy project, and romantic look! Use Mod Podge or white glue, and brush onto the doily over a blown up balloon. Allow to dry thoroughly, and then pop and remove the balloon. Pop in a votive candle and let it glow! Done!

Doily candle holder


The Special Mom’s World has these great DIY candle holders made with nothing but a few rubber bands and some spray paint. You could use frosted paint for a cool everyday effect, or metallic  for the holidays.

Rubber band candle holders


Monsters Circus has a very cool tutorial on concrete votive DIY candle holders, and we LOVE these. When you go to the tutorial, English instructions are below each paragraph…

Concrete votives


Four Generations has a great idea for using rope to make ordinary hurricanes look a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Check out the full instructions for this DIY candle holder. Awesome coastal style look.

Rope candle holders


Finally we have these really fun balloon luminaries from ‘Candletech’. These look so ethereal and elegant, yet updated and modern at the same time. And, they look like a lot of fun to make as well. Good host presents?

Balloon luminaries

These DIY candle holders are awesome ideas for anyone looking for a quick decor craft. You also might want to check out our post on 13 indoor plant shelf ideas!… Also, don’t miss our Candle Making tutorial post over at TBD! And if you want to make some Mason Jar Christmas Craft Lanterns, check them out, also at TBD!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. February 15, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    lookie here

  2. Sarah
    December 19, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    The lace tutorial website is not found, can you give me the list of materials needed, specifically the “lace” used, and Directions

    • Kathy Woodard
      January 2, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      The link works for me. Here you go:

      Old crochet doilies
      A balloon
      Wallpaper glue
      Soak the doilies in the glue, and stick them on the balloon. I used five doilies.
      Let the doilies overlap a little bit.
      Hang the balloon to dry. My doilies are quite thick, and needed at least a day to dry.
      When its dry you prick the balloon, and voila – you have a beautiful candle holder.

      • April 30, 2015 / 11:31 am

        Wow…I love love love your ideas. I was looking for something to decorate my outdoor table and wondered if you thought that possibly using thin cement would turn out the same way? I know it wouldn’t be white but could be painted. I love the way your stuff looks…so beautiful! Do you have any additional craft sites I could see???

      • Cheryl Monique
        December 30, 2015 / 11:58 am

        Thank you so much. I am so excited to try this for my wedding and I couldn’t find the instructions.

  3. lorrie
    November 27, 2013 / 2:40 am

    i love the tray you have the candle pillars and popori on .. where did you get the tray from?

    • Shirley Bush
      December 22, 2013 / 6:36 am

      The tray looks like a picture frame they attached legs to.

      • Kathy Woodard
        January 2, 2014 / 10:08 pm

        I think you are exactly right! With a mirror inside the frame!

        • December 2, 2014 / 2:34 pm

          I would even just put a really pretty piece of scrapbook paper in the frame

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