44+ DIY Candle Holder Ideas To Make For Your Home
Want to make your own candle holders for your home? Get inspired with these genius DIY candle holder ideas. From concrete to wooden holders, or tealight to pillar candle holders – there’s something here for everyone!
Candles are the key to cozy in your home. Add a few here and there around your room. On your floating shelves, styled on a tray, in the middle of the dining room table and… BOOM! Instant cozy.
Taper, tealight, votive, pillar… there are so many different types of candles and each of them needs its own type of candle holder.
So today I’m pulling out all the stops with tons of different creative and super easy DIY candle holder ideas. Give one of these a try for your home!
But first, let’s take a closer look at one of the candle holder projects we recently did!
Our Candleholders For The Nursery
It feels SO good to say we are FINALLY done with the nursery!! Can you even believe it?? It really seems like we have been working on it for yearssssss.
Okay, okay. Slight exaggeration. But, seriously. It’s done.
And what does that have to do with these candleholders, you ask? Well, ever since we started dreamin’ up the farmhouse girl’s nursery decor, I’ve had a one-track mind. I can’t think about any other projects in our home without first thinking of something for the nursery.
Like the rustic string art heart. Or the fabric floral garland or book page planter. Or the farmhouse dresser makeover. I mean, have a done a project this year not related to this nursery?!
This past week or two, I’ve been trying to style her DIY rustic shelves in the nursery. I shopped my house a lot for little vases and frames to complete the look.
But, I was really struggling to try to find objects with varying heights, which is one of my tips for styling open shelves.
I had been on the hunt for some antique candle holders. But, I just couldn’t quite find anything that fit my vision for the space. Or, at least nothing that fit my budget AND my vision.
But then I found some new candleholders at Michaels on clearance and decided I would make my own version of antique candleholders.
Here’s how they turned out…
I love them because they’re kinda messy and kinda imperfect. But, the white wax really creates an aged and antique look that will fit so perfectly in her nursery.
They are already styled on her shelves and ready for the big reveal NEXT WEEK!! I can’t wait. (UPDATE: Here’s how the nursery turned out!)
Hop over to Making it in the Mountains to see how I created farmhouse style candleholders in one step!!
Want to see more candle holder ideas?
As promised, here’s a boatload more ideas for making your own candle holders. Go ahead and get inspired!
DIY Candle Holder Ideas
How to Age New Candleholders in One Step
It’s not always easy to find the perfect antique candleholders for your dining table or floating shelves. See how I transformed new candleholders into faux antique candleholders in just one step.
Using a bit of antique white wax transforms these dark wood candleholders into something that looks like it is from Pottery Barn.
Easy Thrift Store Candle Holder Makeover
See how I restored inexpensive, dull, metal thrift store candle holders back into their original luster in just a few minutes with one step! You’ll love this candle holder makeover.
Easiest DIY Wooden Candle Stands
See how I turned some leftover wood blocks into DIY wooden candle stands in just an afternoon!
Birch Wood Candle Holder
These DIY birch candle holders are perfect for outdoor entertaining. Start by taking birch logs and then drill out a space that is the perfect size for a tea light candle.
You can also swap in a battery-operated tea light as a great way to make this project a little safer if you're going to be stepping away from the dinner table while they are burning.
DIY Wood Candle Holder Made From Skateboard Veneer
This colorful DIY wood candle holder doubles as an air plant holder! It is actually created by using recycled skateboards, can you believe that?
I love the way the beautiful candle holder turns out with the layered look!
DIY Farmhouse Candlestick
Create this easy upcycled farmhouse candle holder using old couch feet with this simple tutorial. This one is painted white and distressed, but you could customize this to fit your space by using different colors.
This DIY farmhouse candlestick is the perfect decoration for your home.
DIY Concrete Pillar Candle Holders
We've seen wood candle holders and thrift store upcycled candle holders, but we haven't seen concrete yet! Making your own concrete candle holders. These ones are so cool!
Even if you've never done any concrete crafts before, have no fear. She walks you through the entire process.
How to Make Concrete Candle Holders
Here's another twist to the concrete candle holder. This time it is made with a silicone mold, which is a great solution!
These would look so cute styled on a tray on a coffee table.
]Wooden Candle Holders with a Faux Concrete Finish
Check out these modern DIY wooden candle holders that have a faux concrete finish. It is a very simple design that is perfect for holding tealight candles.
They are super simple to make with scrap wood and chalk paint!
Lotus Flower Resin Candle Holder
A step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own DIY resin candle holder using a lotus flower-shaped mold and colored resin.
This is a simple project that anyone can do, and it will add a touch of elegance to any room.
Wood Spindle Candle Holders
See how easy it is to turn spindles from a broken chair into pretty farmhouse spindle candle holders. Paint them your favorite color to make them your own!
Concrete Arch Candleholder
I love the modern look of this unique candle holder. The arch design is made with concrete and she even makes her own mold using cardboard and aluminum table - genius! Such a simple idea, but it turns out great!
Romantic Candle Holder Using CD Cases
Everyone has a few old plastic CD cases laying around right? If not, I'm sure if you dig around in some childhood boxes in the garage, you're bound to find some!
Recycle the CD cases into these gorgeous romantic candle holders with stencils! Such a creative idea.
Easy Copper Pipe Candle Holders
Want to create a candle holder using copper pipes, but don't want to mess around welding? This is your solution!
The best way to do this is to use some copper pipes in combination with the right brackets and elbows, all spray painted the same color for this fun look. Read more to see how to make this!
Fill a container with water and leave it outside to freeze to create one of the most beautiful candle holders you've ever seen!
This looks like so much fun to make and a great idea for decorating for the holidays or winter.
Alcohol Ink Votives
Put a pop of color into your life by creating your own votive holders made with alcohol ink and a can of compressed air!
You'll need to start with glass votives or tea light holders, but you should very easily be able to find some at the thrift shop.
Twig Candle Holder
This gorgeous twig candle holder makes fabulous decor for your home or parties! The small twigs are attached to a glass vase with hot glue, but you could also use a recycled tin can for another idea.
Because this one uses real branches, it is recommended that you only use LED candles inside - not a real flame.
DIY Clay Candle Holders that look like Hammered Metal
These DIY Clay Candle Holders are a super-easy fail-proof craft – as long as you use the right clay!
Read more and follow along with the simple steps to make these candle holders that have a fun hammered metal look.
Mason Jar Luminaries
Do you need a classy DIY gift for friends or coworkers or neighbors? One that is budget-friendly and can easily be made in bulk? Read more to learn how to make these mason jar luminaries!
The blogger is also including a coordinating free printable tag as well if you want to use them as Christmas gifts!
The tag says "Glory to the Light of the World", which is perfect for the light/candle theme. The mason jars can be filled with fairy lights, tea lights, or your favorite scented votive.
DIY Romantic Votive Candle Holders
These votive candle holders look so easy to make! Simply grab some glass jars and gold metallic paint. Such a chic look, right?
Glass and Saucer Pedestal
Head to the thrift store and look for some old antique glassware and saucers for this fun decorative candle holder!
The pedestals are so versatile. They can hold candles, flowers, jewelry, or more.
Marbled Air Dry Clay Candle
Check out this easy air-dry clay tutorial to learn how to make some stylish marbled candle holders for the festive table.
The best way to get the marbled look is actually with nail polish! Read more to see the whole process. I love the little touch of copper pipe incorporated.
DIY Easter Tea Light Candle Holders
No one will ever know that you made these with old yogurt containers. These beautiful DIY candle holders come together quickly and easily with spray paint and stickers.
The little yogurt jars are the perfect size for a tealight candle.
Painting Wooden Candlesticks
Learn a few tricks about painting wooden old candle holders that you can find at a thrift store and turn them into beautiful and whimsical home decor.
These totally reminded me of the Mary Engelbreit designs from the 90's. So fun and colorful!
Cinnamon Stick Crafts Votive Holder
You’ll love how easy this cinnamon stick craft is! All you do is attach cinnamon sticks to a votive holder with a rubber band!
Cover up the rubber band easily with some raffia or jute cording. I love that cinnamon sticks can very easily be reused with the candle is all burned up.
Cupcake Candle Holders Made From Plaster
These plaster candle holders are so cute! She made them look like real cupcakes, haha! This is the perfect candle holder for a birthday party tablescape, don't you think?
DIY Macrame Wire Votive Holders
You’ll love these written and illustrated instructions and a video showing how to make a lovely beaded DIY macramé wire votive holder.
If you are new to square knots, don’t let that deter you! The tutorial breaks it all down.
You'll need a small glass votive to start, but you should be able to easily find something like that the Dollar Tree.
DIY Leaf Candle Holder
Looking for a perfect DIY candle holder to decorate for Fall? Make this one with leaves attached to the outside of the glass with Mod Podge. Such a fun idea.
Driftwood Candle Holder
Use all those bits of driftwood you collected on your beach walks for a simple and creative candle holder that exudes warmth and light.
Rustic Candle Holders from Logs
Make simple and rustic candle holders from branches or logs with this idea perfect for holding tapers and creating a lovely table centerpiece.
I love this candle holder option if you're on a budget because you can use branches you simply find outside.
Photo Votive Candle Holders
Learn how to transfer printed photos to glass with this method. The square glass candle holders are perfect for the little square Instagram pictures.
Cane Candle Holder
You know that I love me some cane, so it's no wonder that I'm obsessed with this boho-style candle holder.
All you do is glue the caning around glass hurricane candle holders - so simple!
DIY Clay Cactus Candle Holders
How cute is this candlestick holder that looks like cactus?! You only need a few simple supplies to make this yourself, like air dry clay and paint.
Read more to see the whole process.
Dollar Tree Candle Holder
This DIY candle holder using Dollar Store supplies is absolutely adorable. She takes wooden cups that fit pillar candles and some wooden dowels to create a modern fluted look.
DIY Pillar Candle Holders
Here's another DIY pillar candle holder idea - also using Dollar Store supplies. I love this craft project!
DIY Faux Sea Glass Candle Holder
This DIYer figured out how to paint glass to look like sea glass! This is such a nice idea if you are going for the coastal look.
Repurpose a trophy into candlesticks
Using repurposed parts from an old trophy, this blogger created a great way to display taper candles. All she did was take them off of the trophy and spray paint with metallic gold!
Upside Down Teacup Candle Holders
This craft makes good use of old teacups of different sizes. It's a pretty simple DIY project. All you do is drill holes in thrifted tea cups and then stick the handle inside.
But since they are pretty delicate material, it could be pretty tough to make a small hole without breaking.
So she breaks down the entire process for you - including how to do it and what type of drill bit you'll need.
DIY Aged Layered Painted Candlesticks
Layered of paint come together to make these aged candlesticks. You can do this method on old thrift store candle holders or a new candle holder you find at the store.
Air Dry Clay Candle Holder
This one is so easy, even the kids can make it! Using air dry clay with holes poked in it, it is then rolled up around a paper roll tube to dry.
Glass Gem Votive Candle Holders
These little glass gems are so easy to find at the craft store! Attach them together to a glass jar with strong adhesive. The light from the candle looks so pretty shining through.
DIY Faux Stained Glass Jar Lanterns
I love the look of stained glass and these candle holders totally look like the real thing. Read more to follow along with the great tutorial.
DIY Coastal Candle Holder
Make amazing nautical candle holders in minutes with a hot glue gun! The beach is never too far away with these holders filled with shells and wrapped in simple jute rope!
DIY Scrap Wood Candle Holders
What to do with pieces of scrap wood? Turn them into home decor! These DIY wooden candle holders are easy to make and easy to customize.
And, remember to stop back next week for the big farmhouse nursery reveal 🙂
Wishing you a joyful day!
*This post was originally published in March 2017 and most recently updated in February 2023.*