Cheap and Changeable Pillar Candle Decorating Idea for Valentine’s Day

Each holiday seems to come and go so fast, it’s hard to keep up with corresponding decorations.  Here is a Valentine’s Day decorating idea for pillar candles that is cheap and changeable, meaning, you can remove these decorations from your candles on February 15th, and still have usable candles.  If you like to display pillar candles, without lighting them, then you might like this project.  Before I go on; however, I want to say that this idea was inspired by the post, 5 Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin from Infarrantly Creative.  Why I’m talking about pumpkins around Valentine’s day must seem crazy, but it’s the idea of decorating ideas that can transform or last through a few holidays per season, is pretty clever if you ask me.

Valentine's decorating ideas

Changeable pillar candle decorating

This Valentine’s craft project is easy enough for kids.

You can make decorations for several holidays at a time, so that all you have to do is change them up.

Warning:  This project is meant only for unlit candles.  

Do not light these candles if you have applied any decorations to them.

pillar candles

Supplies ideas:

Pillar candles

Scrapbook or decorative paper, felt, fabric

Twine, cord, wire, yarn, ribbon

Beads, toothpicks, embellishments

Rotary cutter with decorative edge blade


Glue gun

Scotch tape

 wrap decorative paper around candle

trim off excess decorative paper

 Wrap with paper, felt, or fabric:

  • Measure and cut paper, felt or fabric to wrap around a pillar candle.
  • Trim down to size, if needed.

pillar candle wrapped in decorative paper

cheap decorating ideas


  • I wrapped one candle with Jolee’s Boutique Red Fiber Lace Paper.  I wrapped the other candle with some scrapbook paper.
  • Attach paper around candle with a small piece of scotch tape.
  • Attach any type of embellishments with glue.
  • Wrap with the candle with twine, cord, wire, yarn or ribbon and tie on the back side.

toothpick crafts

Wrap with a strand of toothpicks:

I found this pretty toothpick craft idea from Sarah Obradovic’s post, Gimme 5 #004: The Crafty Toothpick.  You can click on this link to get her directions.

I made two small adjustments to Sarah’s directions:

  • I colored my toothpicks by soaking them in a red food coloring for a few days.
  • I did not attach the ends of the strand of toothpicks with hot glue.  Instead I made the toothpick strand a little longer than the width of the candle, and then I overlapped and attached the ends with a small piece of scotch tape, and finally I wrapped and tied with beaded twine to secure.

Tie twine around candle


Changeable Valentine decorating ideas

  • Once your celebration is over, remove your decorations and store them until next year.
  • Now, your candles are ready for the next holiday.

cheap Valentine decorating ideasI am not sure if this concept is old or new, but I know that I’ll give a thumb’s up to decorating ideas that are easily changeable, transitional or “multi holiday functional” if that’s even a term….

See more Valentine ideas here

Thank you for stopping by ~ Amy

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3 Responses to Cheap and Changeable Pillar Candle Decorating Idea for Valentine’s Day

  1. { sarah } January 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Howdy, and thanks for linking up to my toothpick post. I love how your projects turned out!

    • Amycha January 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Your welcome, and thank you for the great idea. I really dig your all of your Toothpick projects.


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