18 Easy Candle Decoration Ideas

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Candles were once only used for illumination and religious celebrations. Nowadays, they’ve become the norm in our home decor. Not only can adding a candle to your space bring a peaceful and charming glow, but it can also enhance its overall design. There are so many different ways to put them on display — you can keep them plain, put them in a statement vessel or try out one of these creative candle decoration ideas.

Here, you’ll find tons of DIYs and design ideas to spark your imagination. From votive to taper to pillar and beyond, there’s a candle style, shape and scent that perfectly matches the mood you want to evoke. Whether you want to add an understated glow to your living room with a mirrored candle tray, decorate your mantel with an illuminating arrangement or dress up your spring table with a statement centerpiece, there’s an idea on this list for any and every occasion. And while some of the following ideas teach you how to make your own candles from scratch, go ahead and browse through our favorite scented candles to get glowing, stat.

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Easter Egg Candles

DIY your own spring centerpiece by cracking open dyed eggs and filling each one with a tealight.


Dual Copper Candlestick


Black Stone Candleholders

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


Golden Pillar Candlesticks


Wicker Candle Holders

Bring a coastal vibe to your space by using wicker candle holders. Find a few larger vessels in the same design to be used as vases for floral arrangements.

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Restored Pottery Vessels


Red Candlestick Duo

Even though they’re in the same hue, these taper candles bring dimension and drama to a moody red space.



Well-Dressed Mantel

Your fireplace mantel is a great spot to put candles on display. Opt for taper candles in statement hurricanes, so the light can reflect off of the glass.


Pumpkin Candle Holder

Come fall, try using your mini pumpkins as candle holders. Simply remove the stem to create a flat surface, then stick votives on top.


Simple Glass Lanterns

Lanterns can easily be moved to different spaces. In the warmer months, scatter some around your back porch or outdoor seating area for added light.


Modern Candlesticks

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


Statement Gold Candlesticks

With a wide base and bowl-shaped top, these tapered candlesticks really make an impression on a glass coffee table.



Candle With Faces

There’s a certain fascination with candles featuring sculpted faces and expressions. Adding them to your living room is a creative way to inspire conversation with guests.


A Playful Glow

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



An Understated Trio

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

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