If you want an elegant, natural centerpiece for the holiday table this year but also crave a project that is simple and quick to make, this DIY Christmas candle ring is just the thing. The natural elements and cozy, flickering candle will make everyone want to gather around the table to bask in its beauty. And it looks so impressive, nobody will believe how fast you made it!
Every year around the holidays, I cover my house with fresh greenery. I forage for supplies and decorate my house beautifully, using nature as my muse. No glitter, no plastic…it’s how the holidays should go, in my opinion!
The beauty of this Christmas candle ring is that you only need small branches to fill up the wreath, so it is a great way to use up leftover materials from wreath making or excess Christmas tree snipping.
It’s simple to whip up, so if you’re looking for some last-minute natural Christmas decorations, give this candle ring a try for your dining or coffee table!
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Christmas Candle Wreath Supplies
The base of this candle ring is floral foam, which makes it quite easy and forgiving to make. You can find them in various sizes, but I usually opt for something between 6-10 inches, depending on how large I want my wreath to be. With the branches, it will turn out much larger than the ring. You also want to ensure the center is large enough for the candle to fit.
I usually use leftovers from my other decorations or pieces of the Christmas tree itself for greenery. You don’t need long branches for your greenery. Just be sure to look for branches with strong stems. Branches with a flimsy stem won’t poke into the foam well.
You can find some of the best branches for holiday decorating in this post: The Best Garden Greenery for Holiday Decorating (and Which Ones to Avoid).
Besides greenery, I also included pinecones as a middle layer in my candle ring. This contrasts nicely with the greenery and still keeps that festive mood. You can also bleach the pinecones for a different, more elevated look. You can even create a fully bleached pinecone candle wreath!
How to Make a DIY Christmas Candle Ring
This holiday-inspired candle ring wreath is one of the easiest yet most elegant ways to dress up your dining table. It’s easy to source your own greenery and make this a last-minute project ahead of the big day.
Glue the wreath form onto the cork trivet so the candle can be placed inside the foam ring on top of the cork.
Use dry floral foam, there is no need to keep the branches wet or put them in water. They will slowly dry and last a few weeks, after which they can be composted.
Cut evergreens to be only two to three inches of leaves with one inch of stem. You can cut longer branches into multiple sections to make smaller pieces.
Start around the edges with small cuttings that stay close to the form. Poke the stems directly into the foam form. The strength of the woody stems should be enough to create a hole on their own, but you can use a thin nail to start the hole if necessary.
Keep going all the way around the outer edge of the wreath form.
Then fill in the second layer with a different type of greenery around the outer edge, cascading over the first layer a bit.
Fill the inside with a spiky branch that stands up, like Fraser fir. This creates a ring for the pine cones to sit in and decorates the outside of the hurricane glass.
Set the wreath on a cake stand and add the pine cones in the space around the wreath.
Nestle the candle into the center. Set the table with our candle ring and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions About Making a Candle Wreath
Take a flexible measuring tape and wrap it around the inner side of your floral foam wreath form. This measurement is the circumference of the largest size candle that will fit. If your candle is too large for your foam, you can cut down the foam using a sharp floral knife or X-Acto knife. It will cut easily, so be careful not to cut too much!
You want your candle to be level or higher than the greenery so that the light and flicker can be seen. For my piece, my candle aligns perfectly with the pinecones, but the hurricane glass rises higher.
You want to ensure that you’re placing your candle in a glass container so that the greenery is protected from it. You can also use artificial candles if you don’t want a container. Otherwise, you need to be safe and keep the greenery and materials separate from the flame.
If you find that your candle isn’t tall enough, you can easily raise your candle by putting something underneath it, such as extra foam or cardboard.
More Holiday Decor Ideas
Make This Christmas Candle Ring
Want a way to make your Christmas table extra festive? Try this DIY Christmas candle ring. The wreath around the candle is made with foraged greenery and materials, so it’s an eco-friendly, inexpensive project.
Glue the floral foam ring on top of the cork trivet to give a spot for the hurricane and candle to sit later on.
Cut your evergreens so they are about 2-3″ of leaves with an inch that is about 1″ long.
Starting on the outer edge, poke the stems of the evergreens directly into the floral foam.
Then, fill in a second layer of greenery, slightly overlapping the first. Continue adding greenery until the entire form is covered.
Add pinecones to the top of the greenery.
Place your hurricane inside the center, then add a candle. Light and enjoy!