If you are in the midst of planning how you would like to festively decorate your home for the holidays without too much fuss this year, I have a quick Christmas decorating idea for you.
This idea uses something most of already own – taper candle holders. With the addition of a few Christmas ornaments and faux evergreen garland ties you can style even the most basic taper candle holder into stylish holiday decor.
Every year around this time, I start to bring out the bins of Christmas decor I have stashed in my attic to determine what decorations I want to use to decorate my home.
Once I have the contents all out in front of me, I look at each item, decide if I want to use it and then try to come up with a way to style the items differently from past years so they don’t get tired looking.
One thing I unearthed in a bin were 3 glass candle bobèches. “A what” you may be saying to yourself? On a candlestick, a bobèche forms a dish-like ring to catch drips of wax. I like the 3 I have, but they are mostly invisible.
I always use these candle holders in my holiday decor, but wanted to create something on the candle holders that would have more of a decorative impact.
The word, bobèche can also refer to an ornamental element made out of basically anything that takes the same form.
That’s what I did, I made ornamental elements (literally) for a collection of candlestick holders I have.
How to Make Your Own Festive Christmas Candle Rings
- Christmas ball style ornaments – smaller sizes or a mix of various sizes work best. I found these mini Shiny Brite ornaments at HomeGoods.
- Faux evergreen garland ties or florist wire
- Wire cutters
- Optional: Twisted wrapped wire garland of any type.
- Cut a garland tie to about 4-6 inches in length. Thread ornaments onto the garland and push them to the center.
2. Place candle into the candle holder. Wrap the ornament-filled garland tie around the top of the candle holder and pull the ends together as tightly as you can. Then twist the ends like you would a bread bag tie. Cut the excess with wire cutters or simply fold the cut ends under the garland tie.
3. If needed, using your fingers gently arrange the ornament spacing.
Use more ornaments than you think will fit and vary the sizes to create a fuller look at the top of the candlestick holder.
For this brass candle holder, I used 12 mini ornaments.
I used two different sizes of ornaments for this candle and holder.
Christmas Candle Ring Variations to Try
If you don’t have any ball ornaments, use jingle bells, buttons, or beads to festively decorate your candle holders.
I tied 3 jingle bells together with narrow red velvet ribbon.
Next I twisted the ends of the garland tie together to secure it on top of the candle holder. I moved the garland so that the jingle bells were off-center on the candle holder.
I found this brown covered wire garland with tiny jingle bells at Hobby Lobby. It didn’t work well as a collar for the candle holder, but it looked OK under the top section.
Bobèches, candle rings, candle collars or whatever you like to call them can be made in many different ways. I showed you what I created using items I owned, but if you don’t have garland ties, maybe you have large twist or cable ties or florist wire.
The best part of doing this holiday decorating idea is that you can have fun styling your candle holders differently this year to fit your decorating style and color theme.
See what you can come up with to decorate your candle holders using whatever supplies you may already have on hand or can easily get from ribbon to buttons, beads, ornaments and more.
Let the holiday & Christmas Decorating begin.
More Christmas Candle & Ornament Decorating Ideas
- 13 Creative Ways to Decorate for Christmas Using Garland Ties
- How to Make a Christmas Ornament Into a Lamp Finial
- Christmas Tabletop Ornament Tree Using a Knitting Needle
- Framed Candles Christmas Mantel