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15 DIY Winter Candle Ideas for Fancy Evenings

If we’re being fully honest with you, there’s nothing we love more in the world of home decor than candles. We love buying them, burning them, and even making them! Whether they’re wonderfully scented or purely decorative, we simply love setting our seasonal candles that help cater our space to whatever holiday or time of year it is. The holidays are no exception! Sure, there are plenty of holiday style candles out there that we could but in stores, but we always feel much more satisfied when we make them ourselves. That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled for awesome DIY winter candle tutorials lately that we’ve never tried making before!

Are you feeling just as enthusiastic as we are, if not more, about the idea of making some new DIY winter candles for your home this holiday season? Check out this list of 15 awesome ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in this year’s search for inspiration and guidance.

1. Snow kissed candle holders


If we had to choose a favourite kind of DIY candle and holder in the world of homemade things, we’d have to say that we enjoy customized mason jar candle holders the most. There are just so many ways to make them look great! These adorably wintery snow kissed candle holders outlined step by step on Mom Spotted are the perfect example of what we mean.

2. Stained glass inspired winter candle luminaries


Are you actually feeling very crafty indeed and hoping to find a candle project that lets you create more of an image or style, rather than just doing a bit of customizing and embellishing? In that case, particularly if you love paper crafts the way we do, we’d absolutely encourage you to check out how The Usual Mayhem made this stunning stained glass inspired winter candle luminary that lets the light from the candle’s flame glow through the colours beautifully.

3. Wine bottle and wooden wick winter candles


Are you actually a little bit more experience in the world of candle and candle holder maker and you’re looking for something slightly more challenging and hands-on? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this combo tutorial from Lovely Greens a try! They show you how to not only make your very own wooden wick candle from scratch but also how to safely and carefully cut a wine bottle shorter and embellish it in order to make a beautiful glass holder.

4. Red and green DIY ice cube candles


Are you interested in making your candles at least slightly Christmas themed but you’re also the kind of crafter who prefers unique looking designs and somewhat alternative visuals? Then we think you simply must take a look at how Candle Making Techniques teaches you to make these awesome textured ice cube candles but kept the holiday spirit present in their red and green colour scheme.

5. Christmas star beeswax tea light candles


Are you feeling pretty intrigued by this whole concept of making your own candles from scratch but you’d still like to make them in some kind of Christmassy shape, even though you’re a beginner and will need to keep things pretty simple? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Moral Fibres used star shaped cookie cutters to make their homemade tea lights!

6. Floating candles with fresh red berries


Have you ever looked at a simple holiday themed home decor piece and thought about how much joy and charm the red winter berries involved give the whole design? Well, if your own decor scheme could use a few more of those pretty berries, then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how 33 Shades of Green made these adorable floating candles with fresh red berries! We like the way they give you several options for different designs and types but still keep things pretty cohesive.

7. Holiday peppermint candy candle


Have you actually been on the lookout for a candle project that’s fun enough looking and easy enough to do that even your youngest kids could get in on helping you make it happen? Well, if your kids are huge candy fans like ours are, then we’d suggest grabbing a bag if Christmas peppermints and checking out how easy it was for Killer Crafts to use those and a little bit of glue to embellish some standard white candles!

8. Cinnamon vanilla candles


Are you actually feeling equally concerned about the scent of your next DIY holiday candle as you are about its presentation and how you make it look? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate this tutorial from She Knows that shows you how to embellish a simple, plain vanilla scented candle with ribbon, jute string, and actual cinnamon sticks so that the two aromas mix together beautifully when you light the wick.

9. Easy dollar store winter candle holders


Are you still thinking about how much you like the frosty, embellished looking candle design but you’re just not sure that you have the time or budget for the slightly fancier version of the mason jar concept we showed you at the start of our list? Then we’d be willing to bet that you’ll get along a little better with this simple and more affordable dollar store version outlined in easy, clear detail on Jody’s Craft Room!

10. Glitter dipped Christmas candles


Have your favourite ideas on the list so far definitely been those involving glitter but you can’t help thinking about how you’d like the sparkles to be a more central point in the design itself? In that case, we have a hunch that something like these Christmas coloured glitter dipped candles outlined in simple detail on Create Craft Love might be a little more up your alley!

11. Pretty evergreen winter candles


If you’ve never tried any kind of nature based decoupage project before then we’re very sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something awesome and quite fun! Between that and the upcycling nature of this tutorial from BHG, we have a strong feeling that you’ll really appreciate the way they carefully pasted pieces of real evergreen onto the outside surfaces of spare wine glasses in order to make stemmed candle holders.

12. Winter snowball candle holders


If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to make a candle holder that emulates the look of snow, would you rather go all out and make something really emulates the texture of snow and looks a little more attention grabbing? Then we have a feeling you’re going to love the way Just Another Hang Up made this rounded and very fluffy looking winter snowball candle in surprisingly few simple steps!

13. Unique ice candle holders


Have you actually been scrolling through our list looking for a something a little more unconventional and impressive, but also something that might suit being left outside on your porch when guests visit for the holidays? Well, if you live in a very cold place like we do, then we’re pretty sure these simple candle holders that are made from actual ice might be precisely what you’re looking for! Get the full details for making your own on Intimate Weddings.

14. DIY glitter striped Christmas candles


Have we got you feeling almost convinced by the idea of glitter dipping your candles but you’ve tried that particular technique before and, despite liking it, can’t help feeling that you might prefer a slightly more challenging version of the basic concept? Then consider this impressive but still easy glitter stripes alternative instead! Merry Brides has all the information you’ll need to make it happen.

15. Winter woodland silhouette candles


Are you an avid crafter with your very own vinyl cutter and you’ve been looking for as many ways to make use of it this holiday season as possible? Then Create & Babble has a tutorial that’s truly perfect for you, especially if you appreciated the glass nature of the wine glass concept we showed you earlier. Just in case you’ve got little kids and would prefer not to have open flames in the house even though you love the glow a candle provides, they also show you how to get a similar effect by filling your finished holders with a string of white fairy lights instead.

Have you made other kinds of awesome DIY winter candle projects before that you were a huge fan of but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you made and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!