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Modern and Whimsical Holiday Candles DIY decorations for Christmas and Hanukkah

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is decorating our house to feel super festive and cozy. Chicago gets dark at 4:30 PM in wintertime (sigh) so I like using scented candles to add a warm glow and create a happy mood …especially these modern DIY Christmas candles using washi tape and pom-poms. My DIY Christmas candles are cute and simple handmade craft.

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Decorate scented candle jars with washi tape

This year, I’m using scented Christmas candles and scented wax melts from Air Wick’s Holiday Collection to really create the holiday atmosphere in our home. Thank you so much to Air Wick for sponsoring today’s post and providing the products featured here. All ideas and opinions are mine. And it sure smells like Christmas in our house right now.

Easy Modern and Whimsical Holiday Candles DIY decorations for Christmas

Easy Modern and Whimsical Holiday Candles DIY decorations for Christmas and Hanukkah

Air Wick is giving away FOUR festive scented candles for Merriment Design readers: two Emerald Woodland scented candles and two Apple Crumble scented candles. See full contest details at the end of this post.

Easy Modern and Whimsical Holiday Candles DIY decorations for Christmas and Hanukkah

Turn glass jar candles into handmade candles using washi tape

I like decorating with whimsical, modern holiday decor. So I added colorful washi tape and super cute mini pom poms to decorate the glass candle jars, inspired by the recently ‘Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything’ book that recently featured my cross-stitch washi tape artwork.

You can use whatever colors you like to incorporate the candles into your holiday decorating. I chose modern and neon washi tape colors for my holiday candles. These DIY Christmas candles also make easy DIY Christmas gifts. The kids and I are making a set of these DIY Christmas candles as DIY teacher appreciation gifts. They’re easy DIY gifts that look a lot more expensive than they cost to make.

The Air Wick Emerald Woodland candle is a multi-layered fragrance that says it smells like a combination of morning frost, evergreen and sugar cookie. It smells amazing. I wish you could scratch and sniff your screen right now.

Easy Modern and Whimsical Holiday Candles DIY decorations for Christmas and Hanukkah

Make DIY Hanukkah Candles using washi tape

My technique for making DIY holiday candles by adding washi tape is very versatile. Here’s a pretty version in blues and purple for Hanukkah…

DIY candle decorated with washi tape

Easy Modern and Whimsical Hanukkah Candle DIY decorations

Easy Modern and Whimsical Hanukkah Candle DIY

The DIY Hanukkah candle uses the Spiced Apple Crumble scent which is a multi-layered scent of pastry crust, spiced apple, and vanilla notes. Mmm…it smells like I’ve been baking. Air Wick candles burn up to 30 hours, which is plenty of time to cheer up my home this December.

Aren’t these Christmas candles cute? And super easy! Keep reading below to see how to make them, and win your own set of four Air Wick scented candles at the end of this post!


Supplies for making modern and whimsical DIY Christmas candles and DIY Hanukkah candles


How to make modern DIY Christmas Candles and DIY Hanukkah candles

1. Peel off the label. Air Wick candles use easy peel-off labels — how thoughtful!
2. Tape washi tape onto wax paper, slightly overlapping separate pieces.
3. Cut out tree-shapes from the washi tape.
4. Peel the washi tape from the wax paper.
5. Tape onto the candle glass. Repeat steps 2-5 to add as many trees as you like.
6. To add stars: tape washi tape onto wax paper, punch out with a star-shaped punch.
7. Slip a craft knife between the wax paper and washi tape to help peel it from the wax paper.
8. Stick onto the trees, adding as many stars as you like.
9. For the striped version: choose three colors of washi tape.
10. Cut random heights and alternate onto the candle glass.
11. To make the tiles: Cut a piece of white felt and glue to the back of the ceramic tile. Let dry.
12. Add pom poms!

Washi Tape Tiles for Scented Wax Melts

I also made a washi tape candle plate for my Air Wick scented wax melts. This was my first time using wax melts so after reviewing the wax melts safety information, I added washi tape to ceramic tiles like so:

Easy Modern and Whimsical Candle Plate DIY with Washi Tape for wax melts

Easy Modern and Whimsical Candle Plate DIY with Washi Tape for wax melts

Easy Modern and Whimsical Candle Plate DIY with Washi Tape for wax melts

Supplies for making washi tape ceramic candle plates for wax melts:


How to make DIY tiles for holiday wax melts:

Easy Modern Holiday Washi Tape Candles Plate DIY for wax melts #christmas #washitape

1. Choose your colors of thin washi tape and overlap the ends of the ceramic tile.
2. Try it out, see if you want to add more.
3. Add more! I used four colors, two on one side, two on the other.
4. Glue a piece of white felt on the back.
5. Put four tiles together. Open your wax melts.
6. Add the wax melt in the top, plug in, enjoy the holiday scent.

Be sure to pin my easy DIY Washi Tape Christmas Candles

Washi Tape Candles Easy DIY Gift Idea

Scent is so closely tied to memories. What is your favorite holiday smell? Apple pie? Evergreen? Cookies? Gingerbread? Tell me in the comments below!


Here’s how to win FOUR festive Air Wick Candles for yourself: See that little box below? Please log in the box below using Facebook and follow the instructions — I’m using a service for this giveaway called Rafflecopter. Good luck!

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Looking for more inspiration? Browse our Easy Christmas Décor Pinterest Board and be sure to follow Air Wick on Pinterest for more ways to decorate with candles. Follow Merriment Design :: Kathy Beymer’s board Christmas DIY Crafts on Pinterest.


Terms and conditions:
The winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and announced on December 5, 2015. I will contact the winner and Performics on behalf of Air Wick will ship the package to your US mailing address via USPS. Please note that Air Wick, Performics, and Merriment Design are not responsible for items lost due to shipping or delivery errors.
Giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older only (sorry international readers!) and is void where prohibited. Odds of winning is based on the number of entrants. This giveaway not associated with Facebook; entrants are providing information to Merriment Design and not to Facebook. Good luck!

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Nicki Lookebill

Friday 4th of December 2015

Looks fun! I love candles!


Friday 4th of December 2015

So cute. I never would have thought to add washi tape to dress up a glass candle vase. So easy!

Cori Westphal

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

I'd have to go with apple. I spent a lot of time making apple goodies with my grandma when I was a kid, because she had a huge apple tree. that scent always brings me back!

coriwestphal at gmail dot com


Tuesday 1st of December 2015

My grandmother's kitchen always smelled of vanilla and I loved it. I also can still recall the smell of her spice cabinet. Great memories.


Saturday 28th of November 2015

I really like anything cinnamon or evergreen