DIY Glitter Candles – Easy Christmas Decoration

Create sparkling magic this Christmas with super easy DIY glitter candles. Add a touch of whimsy and fun to your holiday decor effortlessly. Let’s light up the festivities!

This time of the year makes me SO excited and inspired to create and create! I’m also a bit addicted to glitter lately and I want to make everything sparkle.

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DIY Glitter Candles for Christmas

Maybe because Christmas makes me so happy, I want everything to shine light as much as I feel I’m shining! I know I’m kind of crazy. But what can I do? It’s Christmas!

So, today I’m sharing these cutes and how to make awesome glitter candles as part of a centerpiece to decorate your home. I used a normal generic candle and made it unique with a beautiful layer of glitter.

What I did was prepare to decorate my (version of) mantel. This year I wanted something special so I’m making different creations until I finish the whole mantel!

This project was really fun to make. This time I kept it really handmade and didn’t use a printer, or cutting machine, just my hands and simple supplies!

My daughter sitting next to the Perspective sided shot of the DIY Glitter Candles

I enjoyed each step of the way because I knew it would be unique even with imperfections! But hey! If you have been following me for a while you already know I love the uniqueness of imperfection in the crafting world!

How to make these cute DIY Glitter Candles

Supplies:

  • Small Christmas ornaments – I used gold and red, you can use your favorite colors
  • Christmas faux greenery garland
  • 3 Candles 1 taller than the rest
  • Glitter – I used gold and red, again, you can use your favorite colors
  • Mod Podge
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Cardboard
  • Contact paper or vinyl
  • Ribbons – I used white and red

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Foam brush or paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Glitter Christmas Candle Centerpiece supplies

Instructions:

1. Start with the contact paper or vinyl depending on which one you will use.

2. Roughly decide how much of the candles would be glittered and how much would not.

3. Based on those calculations, draw with a pen a wavy line all along the contact paper edge.

placing the candle on the contact paper to measure the border

4. Cut the wave line with a scissor making sure you get a straight side and a wavy side.

cutting the wave on the contact paper

5. Measured how much of the contact paper strip is needed to go around the candles.

6. Cut it and apply the straight side to the top of your candle.

encircling a candle in the shape of a cut wave

7. With your foam brush spread a thin layer of mod podge all over the uncovered candle.

Spreading mod podge all over the candle

8. Sprinkle abundant glitter all over it. Use a piece of paper or a tray underneath it so you don’t spread glitter all over the place.

Sprinkling glitter everywhere on the candle

9. Let the glitter sit for a few minutes.

10. Pour out excess glitter by tapping the candle gently against the table on a piece of paper.

close up view of the candle with glitter and excess on the table

11. Peel off the contact paper stencil and let it dry for at least 2 hours.

removing the wave-shaped contact paper from the candle

12. Repeat the same process with the other two candles and change the glitter color if desired.

general view of three candles with glitter of different sizes and colors

13. Now to make the centerpiece, make 3 circles with the cardboard a little bit bigger than the candle’s diameter, like ½ inch larger.

showing three cardboard circles

14. When the candles are dry, draw a circle around the candle on the cardboard.

15. Apply hot glue along the inner side of the drawn circle and quickly glue the candle.

16. Set aside.

placing the candle on the cardboard circle with hot glue

17. Now let’s work with the greenery garland.

18. Cut a strip of greenery garland, long enough to make two loops on each candle.

19. Then cut small strips of pipe cleaner wires like in the pic below and insert them through the ornament’s cap hole.

showing small Christmas ball with small strip of plush iron wires

20. Tie each ornament to the greenery garland. I made it one red, one gold, one red, one gold an so on.

closeup of christmas ball on christmas grass garland

21. With hot glue, stick the garland to the cardboard around the candle.

hot glue the garland to the cardboard around the candle

22. Repeat with the other two candles.

the garland and the candle already attached

You got this far. Now the final touch…

23. Make 3 cute ribbon bows and glue them to the garland.

showing a red tulle ribbon

Tadaaaaaa!!!!!

closeup of base of  Glitter Christmas Candle Centerpiece

You got a really cute DIY Glitter Candles centerpiece to decorate your mantel or dining table.

general view of Glitter Christmas Candle Centerpiece

What do you think? Don’t they look super cute?

Front shot of the DIY Glitter Candles placed on a table Cover

Crafting Tips

  • Make sure the candles are clean and dry before putting on the stencil so it sticks well.
  • Try using different glitter colors and types to create different looks. You can combine different colors or create a smooth transition by using multiple shades of glitter one on top of the other.
  • To avoid too much glitter falling off, put a little bit of clear glue or Mod Podge on top of the glitter after sticking it to the candle. This will make sure that the glitter stays in one spot.
  • To make things look nicer, try using candles of different sizes and shapes. Put them together in different heights to make an attractive centerpiece or use them separately to add a festive touch in different areas.
  • Try using different colors for Christmas instead of just the usual ones. Try using different colors like light pastels or shiny metallics to make a cool and modern version of the typical glitter candle.
Perspective sided shot of the DIY Glitter Candles placed on a table
Closeup of Perspective sided shot of the red and gold DIY Glitter Candles placed on a table
Closeup of the Red DIY Glitter Candles placed on a table

What do you think? Pretty or what???

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use any type of candle for this DIY project?

Yes, you can use different kinds of candles like big candles, small candles in a jar, or even tiny ones called tea lights. Just ensure that the surface is even and free of dirt to achieve the best outcome.

How do I make a handmade stencil using contact paper or vinyl?

First, use a pencil or pen to trace the shape you want on the contact paper or vinyl. Then, use scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut along the lines and remove the shape from the material. Take off the paper on the back and put the stencil on the candle, pushing it down hard to make sure it sticks well.

Will the glitter stay in place or fall off easily?

If you don’t want too much glitter falling off, you can prevent it by putting a thin layer of clear glue or Mod Podge on top of the glitter after it’s stuck to the candle and dry. This will help make sure the glitter stays in one spot.

Can I use different colors of glitter together?

Absolutely! When you combine and use different colors of glitter, it can make really pretty and special effects. Try different combinations to create the look you want.

How long does it take for the glitter and adhesive to dry?

The time it takes for the glue to dry can be different depending on the kind of glue used and how thick the layer of glitter is. It is usually advised to wait for at least 24 hours for the glitter and glue on the candles to completely dry before touching or moving them.

How can I clean the glitter candles if they get dusty?

Carefully clean the glitter candle’s surface with a soft brush or duster to get rid of dust or dirt. Don’t use water or strong cleaning products because they can harm the design.

More Christmas Projects To Try

If you enjoyed this cute diy glitter candles tutorial, you might also love these other Christmas project ideas too:

✂️ Tutorial

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DIY Glitter Candles – Easy Christmas Decoration

Camila Rojas
Create sparkling magic this Christmas with super easy DIY glitter candles. Add a touch of whimsy and fun to your holiday decor effortlessly. Let’s light up the festivities!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Crafting Time 35 minutes
Drying time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Category DIY & Craft
Topic Christmas craft, Christmas decor, Easy Crafts
Pieces 3 Pieces

Tools

  • scissors
  • Pencil
  • Foam brush
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Supplies
  

  • Small Christmas ornaments – I used gold and red you can use your favorite colors
  • Christmas faux greenery garland
  • 3 Candles 1 taller than the rest
  • Glitter – I used gold and red again, you can use your favorite colors
  • Mod Podge
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Cardboard
  • Contact paper or vinyl
  • Ribbons – I used white and red

Instructions
 

  • Start with the contact paper or vinyl depending on which one you will use.
  • Roughly decide how much of the candles would be glittered and how much would not.
  • Based on those calculations, draw with a pen a wavy line all along the contact paper edge.
  • Cut the wave line with a scissor making sure you get a straight side and a wavy side.
  • Measured how much of the contact paper strip is needed to go around the candles.
  • Cut it and apply the straight side to the top edge of the candle.
  • Spread mod podge all over the un covered candle.
  • Sprinkle abundant glitter all over it. Use a piece of paper or a tray underneath it so you don’t spread glitter all over the place.
  • Let the glitter sit for a few minutes.
  • Remove the excess glitter by tapping the candle gently against the table on a piece of paper.
  • Remove the contact paper stencil and let it dry for at least 2 hours.
  • Repeat the same process with the other two candles and change the glitter color if desired.
  • Now to make the centerpiece, make 3 circles with the cardboard a little bit bigger than the candle’s diameter, like ½ inch larger.
  • When the candles are dry, draw a circle around the candle on the cardboard.
  • Apply hot glue along the inner side of the drawn circle and quickly glue the candle.
  • Set aside.
  • Now let’s work with the greenery garland.
  • Cut a strip of greenery garland, long enough to make two loops on each candle.
  • Then cut small strips of pipe cleaner wires like in the pic below and insert them through the ornament’s cap hole.
  • Tie each ornament to the greenery garland. I made it one red, one gold, one red, one gold an so on.
  • With hot glue, stick the garland to the cardboard around the candle.
  • Repeat with the other two candles.
  • Now the final touch…
  • Make 3 cute ribbon bows and glue them to the garland.
  • Tadaaaaaa!!!!! You got some really cute DIY Glitter Candles centerpiece to decorate your mantel or dining table.
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19 Comments

  1. This is absolutely beautiful and so creative too! It doesn’t look to hard to make either. I’m not very crafty. I’d love to make it for my house that is being built. It is almost finished. I can’t wait to decorate!

    1. Thanks Meagan, This is super easy to make, you don’t need to be too crafty just having fun and not looking for perfection because as I always say, imperfections makes uniqueness! So just enjoy!
      Hugs

    1. These are so easy to make and then looks so sparkling!!! Thank you so much for your sweet words, glad you like them!
      XOXO