Christmas candle table centerpiece ideas

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Christmas candle table centerpiece ideas
Make your own candle arrangements for Christmas centrepieces. (Getty Thinkstock)

Candles cast a festive glow at Christmas time, making them an ideal component for centrepieces. Safety is key when creating candle centrepieces. Keep all open flames away from flammable materials. Always supervise the candles while they burn to avoid a fire hazard.

Pine & tapers

Pine boughs combined with taper candlesticks work well as a Christmas centrepiece. Either real or artificial pine boughs work for the centrepiece. If you plan to keep the centrepiece up for the entire holiday season, artificial pine will last longer and makes less of a mess. Cut the pine into various lengths and arrange the boughs on the table to make a bed of pine. You can use floral wire to hold the pine boughs together or simply lay them on the table. Place taper candles in candle holders. Place the candles amid the pine boughs, moving the boughs aside so the candle holder can actually rest on the table. This gives it more stability. Add Christmas ornaments, bows, pine cones or other accents on the pine boughs.

Floating Candles

Floating candles come in a variety of colours and shapes. The candles float on top of water, making them ideal for a Christmas centrepiece. Choose floating candles in Christmas shapes or colours. Fill a decorative bowl with water. Red and green marbles in the bottom of the bowl add more interest to the centrepiece. Gently place the candles on top of the water. Light them just before dinner or a party so they last longer.

Tray Candle Scape

A tray allows you to arrange several pillar candles with other Christmas decorations. Choose a tray large enough to accommodate all of the candles and decorations. Place the candles on the tray first. Using candles in a variety of heights or colours adds more visual interest to the display. Place other accent items, such as Christmas ornaments, bead garland and pine cones, around the base of the candles. Play with the arrangement until you achieve the look you want.


Luminaries offer a subtle glow from the candles in a Christmas centrepiece. One option is to make a punched luminary from a metal can. Use a hammer and nail to punch a Christmas design into the side of the can. For easier hole punching, fill the can with water and freeze it. The ice gives the can stability so it doesn't dent when you hammer the nail into it. Place a candle inside. The glow emanates from the holes.

Paper bag luminaries offer another option. Craft shops sell lunch bags in traditional brown as well as other colours, such as red, green and blue. Choose a colour that matches your Christmas décor. Cut out a Christmas shape or message from the paper bag. Place a small amount of sand in the bottom so no one tips it over. You can place a regular tea light candle inside.

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