If you have recently become more interested in adding a touch of comfort to your room, then the chances are high that you have come across the suggestion of adding candles. After all, no matter what kind of philosophy you are subscribing to —whether it be hygge, feng shui, or just general interior design — candles always come up as a quick and effective way to add charm and coziness to a room.
How to Decorate With Candles
House Candle Holder
Although these candle holders from the folks at Hometalk are intended to be a holiday decoration, we think that they are neutral enough to be displayed year-round! See how you can make this gorgeous statement piece yourself for a fraction of what they would cost in stores using only scrap materials.
Rope Craft DIY
There are so many crafts that can be made using stylish rustic rope! These wrapped candles from Mindful of the Home are perfect for anyone who is looking for a nautical theme in their home, and they especially look great in the living room or bathroom.
Vintage Candle Holders
Sometimes the best home decor solutions can be found in the most unassuming places, such as at your local flea market! If you have an eye for vintage design you can easily illuminate your rooms with inexpensive, charming candle holders. The more you mix and match, the better! See an example over at Pinterest.
Candles With Macrame
Macrame has become really popular in recent years, to the point where buying macrame items can get quite costly! Luckily, those of us who are artistically inclined can save our money by making our own creations. Learn how to make adorable macrame candle holders over at Crafting on the Fly.
Outdoor DIY Mason Jar Candles
Mason jars are one of the most multipurpose household items, as they can be used for anything from storage to decoration! You can make fantastic centerpieces for your outdoor areas using mason jars and some decorative pebbles. See how over at Stone Gable Blog.
Are you familiar with terrariums? Terrariums give us the ability to create miniature ecosystems in our homes through the use of sealed glass containers. While they are mostly used to house plants, you can make a statement piece by creating a terrarium for candles! Find out how over at DIY Everywhere.
Rustic Pallet Candle Holder
Pallets are a DIYer’s dream — not only do they pack a rustic chic look, but they are also inexpensive, easy to work with, and lend themselves to a variety of projects. Among these projects is a floating shelf and candle holder. You can buy one over at Etsy, though you could most likely make one yourself at home, too!
You have probably seen a pillar candle before, even if you do not know them by name. They are thick-bodied caseless candles that are generally white and unscented. You can make your own beautiful DIY holders for pillar candles that turn a plain candle into a statement piece. We especially love the tutorial over at Little House of Four.
Candles in a Bird Cage
Decorative bird cages are a unique way to showcase your favorite candles! This example from Crafts by Amanda shows how you can create a holiday-themed bird cage, but you could always keep the decoration around through all the seasons simply by changing up the color of the candles inside.
Platter With Rocks
There is so much that can be done with decorative stones or rocks. While you could certainly fill a glass jar or similar receptacle, we love the idea of simply laying stones out on a decorative plate alongside pillar candles, as seen here.
Twine is an inexpensive and easy way to spruce up the appearance of your home decor! For example, you can take a simple pillar candle and give it the twine treatment to turn a regular statement piece into a wow piece. See an example over at Pinterest.
Rustic Hanging Candle Jars
We love the way these hanging candle holders are made from recycled materials, such as mason jars and reclaimed wood! You can purchase these statement pieces on Etsy, but with a bit of determination you could also make them yourself.
Now here’s something a little bit different! These DIY ice lanterns from Upstate Ramblings are beyond creative, and make the perfect cozy outdoor decorations for the wintertime. Granted, you will need to live in a cold climate in order to pull these off!
Pumpkins and Candles
A lot of candles are focused on holiday decorations, but there is another season that can benefit greatly from a dose of cozy flames: Halloween! The fall season is a great time to start dishing out the coziness, both inside and outside of your home. We love the ways that Homesthetics makes it easy to combine traditional fall decor with candles in a classic coffee table piece.
Driftwood Candle Holder
Earlier we hinted at how to combine a love with nautical decor with a love of candles, and here is another option for all of those out there who are seeking some beachy vibes! This tutorial from Live Creatively Inspired will show you how you can make a candle holder out of driftwood.
Mixture of Shapes and Colors
This is not a tutorial per se as much as it is an idea! When we are decorating in our homes, oftentimes our goal is uniformity. However, if you take a few decorative chances by combining unexpected shapes and styles, sometimes the pay-off can be huge. For example: you can create quite the centerpiece by combining candles of different shapes and sizes together on the same plate, as seen here.
Candles With Eucalyptus
If you are using candles for aromatherapy, then you will want to pay attention to this idea. This beautiful tutorial from Ria Fletcher will show you how you can decorate with eucalyptus for the holiday season —including how you can make the perfect candle holder that comes complete with eucalyptus leaves.
Pink Himalayan Salt
Using pink himalayan salt is a natural way to add a splash of blush color to your home! These jars from Mary Makes Good show you just how simple it is to make a candle holder out of glass jars and pink himalayan salt.
Wooden Candle Block
This wooden block idea from Houzz shows you how you can easily use thin, long candles to create a focal piece. You can adapt this tutorial to fit your own specific candle sizes and design ambitions — the whole thing can be created with only a screwdriver!
Candles With Fairy Lights
The only thing as equally cozy as a candle is a string of fairy lights! So, why not combine the two of them? This was at least the philosophy of whoever put together this stunning example of what happens when you combine pillar candles and string lights. An inexpensive way to achieve optimal coziness!
If you’re old enough to remember the floating candle craze of the 90s and 2000s, then you might be wondering where they went to! We believe in bringing the floating candle trend back ASAP so that we can create beautiful design pieces such as this one.
Candle Holders With Fake Moss
Fake moss and greenery is a great way of bringing a touch of the outdoors inside without having to risk the introduction of bugs or other unwelcome guests! While you could certainly put some fake moss in a terrarium, you could also decorate candle platforms with them for an equally enchanting effect, as seen here.
Oyster Candle Holders
These candle holders made from recycled oyster shells are available over at Not on the High Street, but if you’re lucky enough to live near a beach you could undoubtedly make your own! They are the perfect miniature decor piece for the bedroom or bathroom.
Whisk Candle Holder
Who would have thought that you could make candle holders out of kitchen whisks of all things? See how you can use tea lights and whisks to make a unique decoration idea for the kitchen or dining room.
Once you begin incorporating candles into your interior design, you will never be able to go back to a life without them! We hope you enjoy the new sense of peace and coziness that friendly flames will certainly bring you!