12 Designer Ideas to Dress Up Plain Candles


Plain candles are great décor items to stock up on and keep handy. Not only are they inexpensive and add great ambiance to a room when lit, but they are oh-so-versatile accessories that can help complete almost any space. While neutral-colored candles are striking on their own (especially in groups), they can also be dressed up in a variety of ways to add color and texture to your décor, thereby punching up your table, bookshelf or mantel displays in an instant.

Make an Instant Table Centerpiece (exclusive to The Good Stuff!)

Candle Centerpiece

Find instructions on how to make this exclusive to The Good Stuff candle DIY here!

Ribbon and Glitter

Ribbon and GlitterSource: A Pumpkin and a Princess

Secure pretty velum paper or glittered ribbon around your candles with basic tape to add glamorous and sophisticated sparkle to your table.

Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon SticksSource: Yes Missy

Cinnamon sticks add lovely texture and a scrumptious scent to otherwise plain candles, making these candles a treat for the eyes and the nose! Your extra cinnamon sticks can also be used to whip up some tasty Starbucks treats!

Gold Thumbtacks

Gold ThumbtacksSource: The Blissful Bee

Add a bit of edge and oomph to your display by creating patterns with gold thumbtacks along the edges of plain pillar candles.

Spray Paint

Spray PaintSource: Learning, Creating, Living

While not reversible, spray-painting the bottoms of tapers give them an oh-so-chic dipped appearance. They are especially lovely when displayed all together.

Decoupage Flowers

Decoupage FlowersSource: Gathering Beauty

Print, cut, and decoupage on any image you like to create truly one-of-a-kind candles. These are perfect for around the home or to give as gifts!

Tissue Paper

Tissue PaperSource: Easy Paper Crafts

Patterned tissue papers, cut and glued in place, allow you to crate a coordinating set of candles on the cheap! Get more creative tissue and wrapping paper ideas here!

Burlap & Sticks

Burlap & SticksSource: Celebrate Creativity

Bring the outside in! Surround large pillar candles with painted (or plain!) sticks and burlap ribbon to create cozy and homely displays. Add even more rustic textures to your home with these creative ideas!

Washi Tape

Washi TapeSource: TitiCrafty by Camila

Coordinating plain candles with your décor is as easy as applying pretty washi tapes in varying patterns. When you tire of the color, strip them off and start over!

Rolled Book Pages

Rolled Book PagesSource: Freshly Found

Old book pages can be used in very creative ways. Roll and glue pages around a candle or votive to create a truly one-of-a-kind accessory. Just be sure to keep your flame away from the pages!

Duck Tape

Duck TapeSource: Something Turquoise

Duck tape never looked so good! It now comes in every color and pattern imaginable so you can DIY candles to your heart’s desire. Combine your favorites to unify a bunch of mismatched candles.

Scrapbook Paper

Scrapbook PaperSource: A Night Owl Blog

Refreshing your candles can be as simple as wrapping them in patterned or colored scrapbook or wrapping paper! Find a pattern that suits your style and secure it with tape or glue.

Other fun ways to use candles: DIY Snowman | Ornament Toppers | Sweater Vases | Snowy Pine Cone Jar |


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