Do you want to create a simple centerpiece for your Christmas table? This rustic candle holder is the perfect way to add some character and warmth to your holiday decor. This DIY project will help you create an unforgettable centerpiece that is sure to impress guests. The best part about these projects is they're easy enough for anyone to make!
Rustic Candle Holder Christmas Centerpiece
The rustic candle centerpiece is a great decoration to set the mood for any holiday party. It can even be used all year long, although it definitely has a winter feel to it with the pinecones. A few customizations can make this truly unique.
The centerpiece can be made from any number of different materials that are easy to find. A bonus is that it is simple enough that you don't need to be crafty or talented with your hands. It will turn out beautiful every time and is ready in minutes meaning it's a great little last-minute idea for the holidays.
If you are looking for a simple holiday decoration, just to brighten up the table for the holidays or you are hosting a Christmas party this year, you should consider making this centerpiece as a extra touch. Add it alongside these rustic tree bark lanterns or a miniature pinecone Christmas tree for a whole fun theme for your holiday table!
What Should I Use as the Base for My Candle Holder?
The base of the candle holder is a circle made from cardboard. I find that with so many packages coming into the house during the holidays, I always have scrap pieces laying around for things like this.
If you don't have any on hand, you can actually use anything that is sturdy like cardboard. It doesn't have to be as sturdy as wood or hard plastic, although it could be, you just need it to hold in place and keep the centerpiece together. The sturdier the base of the centerpiece, the easier it is to move from one place to another. This also makes it easier for storage.
Should I Clean The Pinecones Before Using Them?
You should always clean the pinecones first unless they are store-bought and even then, it isn't a bad idea. Between the dirt and grime that can be on the pinecones that are found outside, you never know if a bug or two has found its way into the pinecone. This might be a rustic design, but I don't think you want any little critters crawling out of it.
How Do I Clean the Pinecones?
I typically fill a bucket with hot water and a cap of bleach then put the pinecones in, cover, and let it sit for 30-minutes. Then you dump off the water and spray down the pinecones well to remove any residual bleach and insects. If you prefer to not use bleach, you can do the same with ¼ vinegar to 1 gallon of water. There are also many chemical insect killers that would potentially work for this.
Can I Use Something Other Than Twine on The Base?
I love using twine in crafts like these because of the look and feel it adds to the craft. It gives it that rustic feel. However, there are a lot of other options you can use to create the rustic candle holder. Below are a few that come to mind.
- Any thin style rope will work. You want to avoid rope that is too thick because you might have trouble getting it to turn and stay around the center of the centerpiece.
- You can use ribbon in brown or tan if you want to stay rustic, or you can add any holiday-themed ribbon.
- Raffia is another great option that is rustic and easy to find inexpensively.
- Wrapping the base in fabric or felt is also a good idea, that can be a great way to repurpose torn shirts or scrap fabric.
- Scrapbook paper, gift wrap, or tissue paper are possibilities but won't be as durable with the pinecones on top.
Ultimately, anything that can wrap around or be glued onto the top to cover the cardboard can work for the base of this candle holder.
What Other Ways Can I Decorate This?
There are a lot of ways to decorate this candle holder. I like to paint the pinecone, however, you can add other things to it. You can add some ribbon or beads. You can always add some glitter to add a bit more sparkle. If you want to bring in more Christmas designs to the design, you can add small ornaments. If you want to bring in some color, you can add some evergreen decorations. The possibilities are endless.
- Rope or twine
- Blue beads
- Fake snow or snow spray
- Tree bark
- Blue craft paint
- Pen or pencil
- Craft knife
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue stick
How to Make a Rustic Candle Holder for Christmas
If using plain pinecones, spray some of them with fake snow and set them aside to dry.
Using something round, trace a large 8" to 10" circle onto cardboard.
Cut out the circle of cardboard.
Using hot glue, attach the rope to the top of the cardboard starting on the outside and winding around and inward gluing every few inches to secure.
Place a candle in the center as a guide, and begin gluing pinecones around it to create a center opening to place the candle later.
Go back and forth placing the pinecones on their sides, straight up, or at angles. Also use different sizes, shapes, and ones that have been painted as well as plain pinecones to give it a unique look.
Once the pinecones have been attached in a circle, cut a star shape from a piece of bark, wood, or cardboard.
Glue the star onto the front of some of the pinecones.
Add greenery around the piece underneath the pinecones at random places.
Next, glue a few of the blue beads onto the pinecones randomly for sparkle.
You can also add smaller pieces of pinecones, acorns, maple gumballs, and similar rustic natural items in empty spaces.
Paint the star blue or white.
Add bits of blue or white paint on the pinecones that are plain until happy with the look.
Display with a candle in the center, but be careful when burning a candle to make sure none of the natural elements catch fire.
More Christmas Decor
Add even more fun and beautiful things to your holiday decor with some of my favorite ideas listed below. I love the season and the beauty involved, especially so many decorations to choose from. Make sure you take a moment to bookmark the ideas below, pin them to Pinterest, or print the tutorials to make them on your own soon!
- 25 Creative Pinecone Crafts That Add Beauty To Your Home
- 10 Genius Ways to Transform Pinecones Into Stunning Holiday Decorations
- 25 Gorgeous Farmhouse Inspired Christmas Decorations
- 20 Genius Recycled and Upcycled Christmas Decoration Ideas
- If using plain pinecones, spray some of them with fake snow and set them aside to dry.
- Using something round, trace a large 8" to 10" circle onto cardboard.
- Cut out the circle of cardboard.
- Using hot glue, attach the rope to the top of the cardboard starting on the outside and winding around and inward gluing every few inches to secure.
- Place a candle in the center as a guide, and begin gluing pinecones around it to create a center opening to place the candle later.
- Go back and forth placing the pinecones on their sides, straight up, or at angles. Also use different sizes, shapes, and ones that have been painted as well as plain pinecones to give it a unique look.
- Once the pinecones have been attached in a circle, cut a star shape from a piece of bark, wood, or cardboard.
- Glue the star onto the front of some of the pinecones.
- Add greenery around the piece underneath the pinecones at random places.
- Next, glue a few of the blue beads onto the pinecones randomly for sparkle.
- You can also add smaller pieces of pinecones, acorns, maple gumballs, and similar rustic natural items in empty spaces.
- Paint the star blue or white.
- Add bits of blue or white paint on the pinecones that are plain until happy with the look.
- Display with a candle in the center, but be careful when burning a candle to make sure none of the natural elements catch fire.
Add other natural elements to the centerpiece like berries, leaves, cedar, or pine needles.
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I love the idea of painting these with red, gold, or silver instead of blue.
You can add beads, pearls, or just more rustic el4ements for a different look!