DIY Candle Upgrade

Candles on tables are traditional.  Candles in decorative hurricane vases are cute.  Candles surrounded by rocks, beans, or seeds has become a recent thrifty trend.  I’ve got a new trend to introduce to you: Candle Upgrading.  This may be the quickest, easiest DIY project you tackle this fall, but it will make a huge impact in your house decor.  I bet you could do this in 5 minutes or less.

You can use whatever material best compliments your decor style and a glue gun to hold it all in place.  For my fall table decor, I bought these two Better Home & Gardens pillar candles to complement the colors of my home’s fall decor. I also grabbed some burlap since that was part of my fall decor theme as well.

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DIY Candle Upgrade Supplies



berry garland

glue gun

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Cut the burlap to desired width, ensuring the length will fully wrap around the candle, and glue to the end pieces so the burlap is snugly around the candle.

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Keep in mind the burlap will fray if you cut the seam off.  This can be controlled by dabbing a little hot glue along each of the end pieces. I decided not to do this, since I wanted a slightly disheveled look.  Next, I wrapped the garland around the candles and twisted them together so they would not fall off.  Again, if you want it completely secure, you could add a little hot glue to keep the garland snug on the burlap.

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And that’s it!  Enjoy your new chic candles and take pride in the fact that you did it yourself!

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  1. Inspire Me Heather says:

    Lovely candles! I’m doing a lot of burlap this year in my Holiday decorating so I just have to find some chunky candles like yours then I can make some too! I’ve got your post here linked to my candles DIY on my blog too today!

  2. Ruth Denton says:

    I really like the rustic look of burlap, the garland adds a bit of softness to the over all look too. I am always on the look out for inspiring ways to decorate simply with candles. Thanks for a great idea.


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