18 simple candle decoration ideas

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Candles used to be used only for lighting and religious celebrations. Nowadays they have become the norm in our home decor. Adding a candle in your space can not only bring a peaceful and charming glow, but also enhance the overall design. There are so many different ways to display them – you can leave them plain, put them in an eye-catching jar, or try one of these creative ideas for candle decoration.

Here you will find lots of DIYs and design ideas that will let your imagination run wild. From votive candles to candles to pillars and beyond, there’s a candle style, shape and scent that’s perfect for the mood you’re trying to evoke. Whether you want to add a subtle sparkle to your living room with a mirrored candle tray, decorate your mantel with a glowing arrangement, or decorate your spring table with an eye-catching centerpiece, you’ll find an idea for every occasion on this list. And while some of the ideas below teach you how to make your own candles from scratch, go ahead and browse through our favorite scented candles to shine, stat.

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Make your own springtime centerpiece by cracking colored eggs and filling each with a tealight.


Copper candlesticks


Black stone candle holder

A grouping of black geometric candleholders offers a classic yet bold look on any mantel, shelf or tabletop.


Golden column chandeliers

Bring a seaside vibe into your space by using wicker candle holders. Find a few larger vessels in the same design that can be used as vases for flower arrangements.

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Restored pottery vessels

Despite sharing the same hue, these taper candles bring dimension and drama to a moody red room.


Your mantel is a great place to display candles. Opt for taper candles in statement hurricanes to allow the light to reflect off the glass.

Come fall, try using your mini pumpkins as candle holders. Simply remove the stem to create a flat surface, then stick votive candles onto it.

Lanterns can be easily moved to different rooms. Sprinkle some on your back porch or outdoor seating area for extra light during the warmer months.

Geometric candlesticks stand out against softer accents. They also emphasize what lies between them, like the floral bouquet shown here.


Statement Gold Candle Holder

With a wide base and a cupped top, these tapered candle holders really make an impact on a glass coffee table.


Candles with shaped faces and facial expressions exert a certain fascination. Adding them to your living room is a creative way to spark conversations with guests.

Everything looks pretty in pink – even your candles. Insert tea lights into pink candle holders to illuminate your space with a touch of playfulness.


Light a trio of neutral candles on a small table in your living room or bedroom to create a sense of calm.

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