25 Ways to Update, Decorate & Repurpose Plain Pillar Candles – Saturday Inspiration & Ideas

25 Ways to Update, Decorate & Repurpose Plain Pillar Candles – Saturday Inspiration & Ideas

While I am one who generally loves a plain white pillar candle, over time many of them get too nicked or discolored to still have the same fresh effect they once had. {Some have never even been used – either} While springing for new candles probably won’t break the bank – why not transform them and give them a brand new look.
This week’s Saturday Inspiration and Ideas is all about ways to update and decorate plain pillar candles. Whether you are re-purposing old candles or buying new ones – a little creativity can turn a simple candle into a spectacular one.

Cookie Cutter Candle Stencils

{Source: Real Simple}

Stamped Candles

{Source: Martha Stewart}

Painted Candles

{Source: Woman’s Day}

Swirled String Candles

{Source: Martha Stewart}

Decorate with Scrapbooking Brads & Snaps

{Source: Making Memories}

Decorate with Push Pins

{Source: Good Housekeeping}

Embellish With Dried Flowers

{Source: Country Living}

Embellish with Blades of Grass

{Source: Martha Stewart}

Glue on Citrus Slices

{Source: Good Housekeeping}

Wrap with Cinnamon Sticks

{Source: Country Living}

Candy Wrapped Candles

{Source: The Examiner}

Ribbon Wrapped Candles

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}

Wrap with Decorative Papers

{Source: Hobby Craft}

Paper Embellished Candles

{Source: Southern Living}

Printed Photo Tissue Paper Transfers

{Source: Better Homes and Gardens}

Wrap with a Printed Decal {free printables}

{Source: Martha Stewart}

Embellish with Lace

{Source: Martha Stewart}

Create a Basket Weave Pattern with Strips of Beeswax

{Source: Martha Stewart}

Embellish with Wax Leaves

{Source: Martha Stewart}

Add a Faux Bois Pattern

{Source: Martha Stewart}

Dremel Etched Candle

{Source: Dremel}

Cover with Epsom Salt

{Source: Martha Stewart}

Sand Covered Candles

{Source: Dream Weddings}

Glitter Candles

{Source: Martha Stewart}

Dip Dye Candles

{Source: Martha Stewart}

With the holidays right around the corner – some of these ideas make great inexpensive gifts just to have on hand.

I’ll be back later tonight with the Sunday Showcase Party. I can’t wait to see what you have been up to this week. Have a wonderful Saturday ~ Enjoy!


  1. creativity overload, I want to try them all! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  2. Great post! I love candles and decorating them. Love all the ideas. My fav is the Epsom salt candles. I actually used that idea a few months back and when the candle burns it looks like crystals. So cool!


  3. A great collection of ideas, Stephanie. Thanks so much!

  4. What great ideas!

  5. I love these ideas – thanks for sharing!

  6. I love the Christmas ones. Thanks for sharing and providing such terrific inspiration! Sally

  7. Lot’s of inspiration! Thanks for putting it together for us!

  8. i’m definitely going to cover mine with some lace! thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  9. Fantastic ideas all in one place! I love the ones covered with epsom salts. Beautiful.
    ‘hugs from afar’

  10. Brilliant! I especially love the citrus slices and the faux bois….So creative!

  11. Brilliant ideas. I can’t wait to try a few. Hugs, Marty

  12. Just added some pieces to my to-do list:

    dremel, sand, dipping…

    Thanks for the cool collection! 🙂

  13. Great post! I want to try all of these things! 🙂 I stumbled this one!

  14. What a great post! So many fun ideas here! I might have a few candles laying around that I can quickly spruce up! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Love some of these ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

  16. These are awesome ideas! I was just looking at my pillar candles on my mantel and thinking of how I could give them a facelift. Perfect timing. Thank you!

  17. i like the ones with the sand and the grass!

  18. AWESOME is all I can say..Thank you..I will be making a few of these..

  19. Some wonderful ideas! I’ll have to find a photo of the shell encrusted candles we made a few years ago…shells and sand from our local beach! Also, MS has directions in one of her books for sand cast candles. They’re quite cool!
    Jane (artfully graced)

  20. The blades of grass is my favorite!

  21. Oh my! I love them all and want to try them all. I can see lots of candles for birthday and Christmas presents this year:)

  22. uau!!! cada idéia linda!!! obrigada, você é demais!!!! Vania Angelo – Brasil

  23. Love these, especially the tissue paper print idea…great way to put together unique gifts on a budget. Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. Love these ideas. I can’t wait to try some of these out with all the candles I have here around my house. Thanks for showing!

  25. I have to tell you … I always LOVE your ‘collection’ posts. I love the compilation of themed ideas … this one was awesome.

  26. These are great! Thanks!

  27. Love the way the candles are being decorated with so much creativity and the way they are being made to stand on glass stands.Really look beautiful and colourful.Great ideas with beautiful creativity. Love the Glue on Citrus Slices candles,Beautiful.



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