Decorating Your Holiday Home with DIY Candle Tablescape Ideas
There is something about the flicker of candlelight at the holidays that signifies the warmth and togetherness of the holidays. Whether you display candles as a decorative touch to your fireplace mantle or dining room table, or you keep them unlit on a foyer side table, you will be surprised how many options are out there for DIY candle tablescape ideas. Whether you love the glitz and glam of metallic finishes or an organic/natural theme is more your taste, look at these easy crafts that can transform your holiday table using festive candles.
Create a candle tablescape that begs to be noticed this season. Images via: Stagetecture.com
Using metallic materials to reflect the holidays
Whether you like the silvery glow of silver and nickel or the golden hues of brass and gold are more your style, what better time to invite them into your home than the holidays? There are simple DIY candle craft embellishment kits that are easy to use and can dress up any plain pillar candle.
For this DIY craft, I used a kit that included chicken wire, a sheet of geometric sheet metal, and simple metallic Fleur-de-lis trinkets to attach to the wire. With metal cutters and your favorite kind of sheet metal, cut out shapes to wrap around your candle pillars. It helps to first measure around the diameter of your candle to ensure that your metal sheet will fit snuggly around the candles. Small pieces of wire help to close the sheet metal, and depending on the size of your candle you can create multiple sizes and configurations. I cut out pieces of scrap metal and displayed them on a silver plate charger to add more reflectance and texture to the tablescape.
Use metallic embellishments like this silver plate charger as a foundation.
Bring your own nostalgic holiday touches to the table
The beauty of candles is that they can take center stage with added adornments or they can play backseat to a much larger tablescape. At my own home, my kids love to bring out the Christmas ornament box from past holidays and combine ornaments alongside the candles and embellishments. From woodland animals and snow globes to rustic ornaments that once graced your tree, why not use them amongst your candles for a memorable tablescape?
Remember, candles can be used for height in your composition, as opposed to providing a light source. Unlit candles can still add warmth when you accompany them with your own vintage collection of holiday decor. This holiday snow globe and these woodland ornaments look perfect together on a sprawling table in my home.
Bring out your vintage snow globe and ornaments with your candles.
Create a Natural Candle Tablescape with Organic Materials
We often overlook natural and organic materials around our home that can make a beautiful candle tablescape. Floating candles in colored or clear water make a stunning centerpiece for your holiday dinner and can be purchased at your favorite craft store.
First, start with holiday greenery such as cut-off branches from your Christmas tree to put inside your water-filled container. Then add colorful ornaments, holly, berries, or even fruit such as citrus lemons or limes to add color and an organic touch to the display. Fill the container with water three quarters of the way up and then gently place your floating candles.
If you’d prefer a dry solution, use a hurricane glass surround and place it around your pillar candle. The glass surround will allow for a “mini tablescape” inside the display and will still allow you to light the pillar candle. Either of these DIY ideas will create a focal point for your festive holiday dinner table. These ideas can be used year-round for seasonal displays – just change out the decor you place inside!
Add greenery and ribbon to your candle display.
This holiday season, awaken your mantle and tabletops with decorative candle displays. I love taking faux evergreen garland and draping it in swags along my fireplace mantle. I then use decorative burlap and fabric ribbon that is very rustic and looks amazing amidst the garland. Then I wrap white holiday string lights around the display and place candles in small groupings along the mantle. Once I add the Christmas stockings, the entire mantle is decked out and ready for the holiday.
Use these helpful DIY tips to decorate your holiday home with candle tablescape ideas and enjoy a season of warmth and light with your friends and family.
As an architect, Ronique Gibson exercises her design expertise as a writer for both The Home Depot and her site Stagetecture.com. She covers topics ranging from holiday decor to curb-appealing entryways. If you would like to create a candle lit Holiday tablescape like Ronique’s, find the MD Building Products Candle Cover Kits and other Christmas Decorations at homedepot.com.