Easy to Make Christmas Taper Candle Rings

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.

silver and glass candle stick holders without candle rings

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.

Two candlestick holders with glass bobeches or candle rings on them to catch candle drips.

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

materials needed to make Christmas candle rings DIY. Mini Shiny Brite ornaments, garland ties, jingle bells and a wire cutter.

supplies needed:

  • 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.
How to thread small Christmas ornaments on on a garland tie to make a candle ring.
  1. Cut a garland tie to about 4-6 inches in length. Thread ornaments onto the garland and push them to the center.
Tall silver candlestick holder and white candle. The Christmas candle ring is made using small silver ornaments and a garland tie.

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.

How to make a holiday taper candle ring using miniature Christmas ornaments.
Blogger of DIY Decorating blog Diane Henkler of In My Own Style

Helpful Tip:

Use more ornaments than you think will fit and vary the sizes to create a fuller look at the top of the candlestick holder.

Brass candle holder with green red and gold mini Shiny Brite ball ornaments made into a taper candle collar.

For this brass candle holder, I used 12 mini ornaments.

Red candle in a silver candle holder with red ball ornaments made into a Christmas candle ring.

I used two different sizes of ornaments for this candle and holder.

Christmas Candle Ring Variations to Try

How to make a taper candle ring to decorate a home for Christmas using a garland tie and jingle bells.

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.

Silver candle holder with a white candle with a faux greenery garland tie, jingle bell and red ribbon made into a taper candle ring.

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.

Silver candlestick holder with a garland of mini jingle bells tied around the neck.

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.

5 Creative Candle Rings DIY for Christmas made using Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments, jingle bells and faux greenery garland ties.

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

brass taper candle holder with gold, red and green mini Christmas ornaments wrapped around it. Text overlay says quick and easy Christmas candle rings DIY.

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  1. Diane! This is so cute! Thanks for the reminder that the most effective decor doesn’t have to expensive- we can use what we have.

  2. These are so cute!! What a great idea! Amazing how they really elevate the candle sticks! This is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. Thankfully, you did think of it and shared it with all of us! Thank you!

  3. Diane, you always have so many great ideas and I’m always in need of inspiration. The bobèches! I have some I bought at Home Goods when we downsized and moved here 4 years ago. I am certain I learned about them from you, and they make me smile every time I look at them. Thanks for offering so many holiday posts, they are part of my plan to experience the holidays in a simple, relaxed, calm way this year.

  4. Diane, you are speaking my language! Quick, simple, adorable!!! Love this and will use it this season. Thanks!

  5. These are gorgeous! Thanks for the great idea, especially since it’s so budget friendly. I can’t wait to make some and I know I won’t have to buy a thing!

  6. What a creative and cute idea. I’ve used ‘wreaths” around the bottom of larger candle holders but this is something new I’m anxious to try. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  7. Our Hopeful Home says:

    All cute ideas, Diane! I love using small wreaths around my taper candles — I’ve picked up many over the years, most recently at our local church rummage sale. You can also buy small wreath napkin rings and use them as well! (I also love using bobeches to catch the drips.) XO Kathleen

  8. This is so crafty and I love the way it looks!

  9. This will be the only Christmas craft I do this year! I have everything right here—except some new tapers. I can even use some tinsel garland and tiny ornaments, all available at Dollar Tree. Although I would love to find some real bobèches. Many thanks for a non-fussy but easily personalized holiday decoration.

  10. Right up my alley. A little project that produces immense pleasure! Thanks for another good one!

  11. These are just beautiful and so festive! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks🎄

  12. Once again you have come up with ideas to decorate without me having to run out and buy more things. I have all I need to get started right now!
    Thanks, Diane! You are one of the few bloggers I still follow!

  13. Barbara Pilcher says:

    Great idea, Diane! I love all the variations. Looking forward to making some of these. There is no end to your imagination.

  14. Love these!! Just the cutest idea. Can’t wait to make some. Thank you for always coming up something so clever!!

  15. alda ellis says:

    How cute! I use candleholders and bobeche…all year long, and cant wait to use your inspiration. Your posts are so inspiring from your vegetarian cooking to your lakefront home. ..as I feel we have a lot in common. Thank you for sharing this…darling!