3 easy ways to style a Christmas candle centerpiece for a dining table.
I have my house decorated for Christmas, but my mind is always thinking up decorative ideas on how I can make my home look and feel the best for the way Ed and I live in it.
I also don’t have a lot of space and surfaces to try my ideas on, so I sometimes end up redoing something just to see how it will look.
This is what happened when I saw this image…
…on Pinterest. Now I can’t get the simplicity of the rustic wood candle holder out of my head.
While online, I also found this photo of a reclaimed wood votive holder at The Painted Fox.
Seeing these made me want to make a rustic candle holder to use as a dining table centerpiece. Problem is, I don’t have a dining room with a rectangular dining table anymore.
The only dining table I have in my house is my kitchen table and it is round. A plank centerpiece like these would be too long.
Even knowing this, I couldn’t get the wood plank style taper candle holder out of my head, plus I already have a Christmas candle centerpiece for my kitchen table.
A few weeks ago I bought this oversized Luminara 6″ x 6″ flicker flame battery-operated wax candle.
I turn it on every night. It looks so real, both the flame and the candle itself. (flame in photo is blurry, it doesn’t show how the flame flickers) I am getting spoiled with being able to turn it on and off with the touch of a button. :-)
I also have my collection of Kosta Boda glass Snowballs around it and lit when we eat dinner. I love the glow of both the battery-operated and the real flames.
Even with liking my current candle centerpiece, I still couldn’t get the idea of making a holder to hold many candles out of my head and found an old box of red taper candles.
I started experimenting to see how they would look massed together on the center of my table.
3 Ways to Style a Christmas Candle Centerpiece
If you have a collection of taper or colonial style candlesticks and a wreath, you can easily create a DIY Christmas centerpieces using candles in a few different ways.
Grouping the candles together will always add more impact to a table than only using one or two.
I gathered up 5 candle holders that were all the same height. I used these on my Christmas mantel last year.
I put a candle in each one and then placed them in the center of a cedar wreath.
Since I normally use pillar style candles to decorate, I forgot how fast and easy a Christmas candle centerpiece like this is to create.
The amount of candles you can place inside a wreath will depend on the diameter of the candle holders. I could fit 5 in mine.
Add rustic charm by placing a few glittered pine cones inside the wreath to cover up the candle holders.
For a more dressy look, place a collection of ball style ornaments to cover the candle holders.
Using the tapers in a circle, did remind me of an advent candle, which I guess isn’t a bad thing for a Christmas decoration. :-)
One More Christmas Candle Centerpiece Idea
While I was on a candle holding creating roll, I decided to go a step further.
I found a slice of tree trunk in my decor stash that I have used for many decorative purposes and drilled a few candle size holes evenly around it.
I made each hole approx. 3/4″ deep.
Drilling the holes took a little time, but I liked the outcome.
A few of the candles where too small for the holes, so I wrapped some tape around the bottom of the candles to create a snug fit.
I have no place to use this, but maybe I will swap it out with the battery-operated candle for Christmas dinner.
Once the holidays are over, I will use it with white candles.
If I can find a piece of aged barn wood, I may try to make a holder more like the wood plank candle holder, but a shorter version to fit on my round table.
My mind never rests, it is always in creating mode.
No matter how I style my candles for Christmas – all that is really needed though, is the candles and a simple holder as the glow from them is what creates the Christmas magic… and maybe a little cedar, pine. and a twinkle light or two. :-)