DIY Christmas Candles – An Easy Christmas Gift Idea

We’re sharing how to make these adorable DIY Christmas candles with votives and glitter. Let’s get started making Christmas decorations that bring the smiles!

DIY Christmas Candles using votives and glitter

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Easy and Fun Christmas Gift Ideas

As I sit here writing up this fun Christmas craft, I am grinning ear to ear. My daughter had the best time helping with this. And here on Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love to get the kids crafting. 

These DIY Christmas candles took almost no time to make – the longest time spent doing anything was waiting for them to dry!

You can make these easy DIY Christmas candles in no time. Grab some votives and glitter and let's get started with this fun Christmas decorating idea. #christmas #christmascrafts #diychristmas #handmadeholiday #glittercandles #christmascandles #diychristmasdecor #christmasdecor #christmasdecorations #rufflesandrainboots

For this craft, I used basic craft supplies and made the following:

  • the most adorable Rudolph candle (my daughter’s favorite)
  • a shimmery snowman candle
  • the sparkliest Santa candle ever
  • a Christmas gift candle
  • the easiest Christmas tree candle

Before we started this project, I wanted to make sure I didn’t set mine or anyone else’s house on fire. We learned that it IS safe to use ModPodge on the outside glass of candles. Yay!

Supplies to Make Your Own DIY Christmas Candles

If you have a small stash of craft supplies, you’re all set to start making these DIY Christmas candles right now! Order a few candles here or pick them up locally – either way, this fun Christmas gift idea will take no time at all to put together.

Supplies List for DIY Christmas Candles

  • votive candles in a glass jar (white wax, with or without scent)
  • extra fine glitter (red, dark green, light green, gold, white iridescent, and brown)
  • brown pipe cleaner (for Rudolph) and scissors to cut it
  • googly eyes
  • mini pompoms (red and black
  • washi tape (or thin artist’s tape)
  • school glue (PVA)
  • ModPodge and a foam brush
  • optional: wax paper (to catch the glitter) and a cotton swab (for cleanup)

How to Make Christmas Candles

Friends, this is actually the easiest Christmas craft ever. All of these Christmas candles were made the same way, so I’m going to only share one – the Christmas gift candle.

Step 1 – Tape off the votive candle.

Tape off the votive candle with anything you don’t want to color with glitter. Make sure the washi tape is secure and pushed down on all edges to avoid having to do clean up later. #lazycrafter

step 1 tape off the votive

Step 2 – Apply Glue and Glitter and Let Dry

Apply glue to the candle’s glass. It’s good to go a little onto the glue so you will have a solid line of glitter when dry.

step 2 apply glue to the Christmas candle

Sprinkle the wet ModPodge with glitter over the wax paper to catch all of the glitter. Pick up the candle carefully and tap it to remove any excess glitter.

Put any glitter on the wax paper back into the jar. Let the glue and glitter dry for just a few minutes (it doesn’t have to be completely dry).

step 3 sprinkle glitter to make a candle gift for Christmas

Step 3 – Remove the Tape and Start on a New Section

Remove the washi tape and start on a new section – in this case, the bow for the present candle. Add a bit of glue in the shape of a bow.

step 4 remove washi tape and add glue for next section

Hold the candle upside down while you add gold glitter. You don’t want to sprinkle any gold glitter on the red because it will stick.

Clean up any excess glitter or glue with a dry cotton swab. Don’t go for perfection, but finer glitter will adhere to the candle without glue, so just wipe it off before the next step.

next apply the glitter and clean up anything with a dry cotton swab

Step 4 – Allow to Dry Completely and Add ModPodge to Seal

Once the glitter and glue have dried, add a couple of layers of ModPodge to seal the glitter. No one wants that stuff all over their carpet, so it’s best to add a couple of coats.

Christmas Decorations - Ideas for Candles

Yield: 5 Christmas Candles

DIY Christmas Candles - An Easy Christmas Gift Idea

DIY Christmas Candles

We're sharing how to make these adorable DIY Christmas candles with votives and glitter.

Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • votive candles in a glass jar (white wax, with or without scent)
  • extra fine glitter (red, dark green, light green, gold, white iridescent, and brown)
  • brown pipe cleaner (for Rudolph) and scissors to cut it
  • googly eyes
  • mini pompoms (red and black)
  • washi tape (or thin artist's tape)
  • school glue (PVA)
  • ModPodge and a foam brush
  • optional: wax paper (to catch the glitter) and a cotton swab (for cleanup)

Instructions

  1. Tape off the votive candle with anything you don't want to color with glitter. Make sure the washi tape is secure and pushed down on all edges to avoid having to do clean up later.
  2. Apply glue to the candle's glass. It's good to go a little onto the glue so you will have a solid line of glitter when dry.
  3. Sprinkle the wet ModPodge with glitter over the wax paper to catch all of the glitter. Pick up the candle carefully and tap it to remove any excess glitter.
  4. Put any glitter on the wax paper back into the jar. Let the glue and glitter dry for just a few minutes (it doesn't have to be completely dry).
  5. Remove the washi tape and start on a new section - in this case, the bow for the present candle. Add a bit of glue in the shape of a bow.
  6. Hold the candle upside down while you add gold glitter. You don't want to sprinkle any gold glitter on the red because it will stick.
  7. Clean up any excess glitter or glue with a dry cotton swab. Don't go for perfection, but finer glitter will adhere to the candle without glue, so just wipe it off before the next step.
  8. Once the glitter and glue have dried, add a couple of layers of ModPodge to seal the glitter. No one wants that stuff all over their carpet, so it's best to add a couple of coats.

Notes

For more fun Christmas craft ideas, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots.

Did you make this?

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Over to You

Which one is your favorite? The little one’s favorite is Rudolph (of course) and mine might just be that Santa coat. It doesn’t show in the pictures but that is one sparkly, bright, and happy little Christmas candle.

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