As you probably know by now, I am from Denmark and we Danes love candles. Living up north it gets really dark in the winter which is why candles are great (plus it is super cosy). I have touch this subject a bit in an earlier post, but I thought that I would tell some more about Christmas candle decoration ideas and how you can make a beautiful Christmas decoration with candles.

My decorations

Calendar-candle-decorationThis is my calendar candle decoration and I only spend about 10 minutes making it. I used clay on a wooden base (just a thin piece cut from a tree stump). I pressed the clay down onto the wood and placed the candle in the middle.

If you can’t get a calendar candle anywhere then you can just use a regular candle, or you can paint numbers on a regular candle with candle paint.

Then I started to build from the back with small pine twigs. I found some bags with glittery foam balls I placed a bit randomly in the front. In my box of Christmas things I found some leftovers from last year and used a few of those things in the back as well. That was it.

When I make decorations with candles I always keep in mind that I will have a burning candle in the middle and I don’t want anything to catch fire. So I make sure that nothing is going near where the flame will me. I also remember to cover the clay. Big spots with visible clay is not pretty.

You can do so much more than this. You can use glitter, paint and fake snow if you want to. You can add small figures, moss, acorns, glass balls or whatever small things you have lying around.

Advent candle decorationMy other Christmas decoration with candles is my Advent decoration. I found this beautiful tray at my local supermarket and knew that it would be perfect for this. I used the same glitter foam balls as I did in the other decoration along with pine twigs that I just put in there randomly.

Before you say anything… yes, I edited the background of my pictures. I thought that it would work better with a neutral background instead of the mess I had on my coffee table 😉

Christmas Candle Decorations from previous years

I remembered that I had taken photos of some of the decorations I had made previously and want to show you, what else you can do.


On the two above, I used a small bowl that I wrapped in tinfoil before I put clay inside and decorated with pine twig, small figures and glass balls.

Advent-candle-decorationThis was my Advent decoration one year. I had a glass plate I used as the base, I used clay to hold everything on there and then sprayed with some snow spray to make a winter landscape where my figures could live.

As you can see, there is no specific way to make a Christmas candle decoration.

Things to keep in mind

Some of you may think that this is self-explanatory, but I will address them anyway, just to be on the safe side.

  • DON’T EVER put anything near the flame!
  • DON’T EVER place the decoration near curtains or anything else that risk catching the flame!
  • If you want to be able to move the decoration around, you will probably want to make sure the things on it will stay in place.

As to the creative part

  • Think about what expression you want – consider colors, figures and so on.
  • Remember to cover all the clay, it you want to use clay.
  • It doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive.
  • It’s supposed to be fun – So have fun with it!

Things you might need

There are some things that you will need to make your own beautiful decoration and I will list them for you, and link to some of them, so you don’t have to look for it elsewhere.

Late for calendar candle

I know that it is a bit late for making calendar candle, but it’s never too late to make a decoration and you can always make it without a calendar candle. I hope you will enjoy making some beautiful Christmas decorations and that you have been inspired by my Christmas candle decoration ideas. Please leave a comment and tell me about your own Christmas candle decorations.


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    I love he calendar candles. I’m assuming you just burn this a little each day until the end of the month? Kind of neat idea. I know that here in a America, during the colonial period we had “courting candles.” They sat on a special base and could be adjust to the hour. Then, when a young man came courting. he was only allowed to stay until the candle reached the base. It could be an hour, it could be two. It just depended, I guess, on how well the girl’s father liked the guy.

    I used to have a lot of candles, but I have a flame-curious kitty, and cats are amazingly combustable if they get too close to the fire.

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      Yes, we burn one number each day as a count down for Christmas eve. I have told a little about both the calendar candle and the Advent candles in the post about Danish Christmas traditions

      Interesting. I had no idea that there was something called a counting candle.

      Luckily my cat isn’t that curious and keeps away from lit candles.

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    Dear Belinda
    Thank you very much for your fantastic website. It is amazing that you show people where to start and what steps to make towards their dream-like home atmosphere . I hope more people will know about your website and follow your guidance.
    Kind regards,

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      Thank you for the kind words. I simply want to make sure that everyone reading can follow my guides and will be able to do it on their own.

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      Thank you for the compliment. This hobbie is something I only do at Christmas, otherwise I would run out of places to put them. Sometimes I have to limit myself 😉

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