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How to Decorate Dollar Tree Candles for Christmas

Do you love using Dollar Tree supplies as the basis for cute Christmas decorations? One of the most popular Dollar Tree items are candles. I’m going to show you how easy it is to decorate Dollar Tree Candles for Christmas.

What can you do with Dollar Tree candles? Lots of things. I’ve wrapped them with ribbon and burlap. For this Christmas, I decided to decorate them with a Nutcracker theme.

How did I make them look like Nutcracker soldiers? With stencils, ceramic paint, and ribbon.

Then I included them in an easy Christmas vignette. My first of the season.

Today begins Christmas in July 2022. It’s so fun to think of Christmas in the middle of July. It makes me feel cooler immediately.

I’ve chosen this easy Dollar Tree candle project to share again. This way you can plan way ahead for the holiday.

Did you know that you can turn plain white Dollar Tree candles into something special in under an hour?

This post contains links to products used in this project that I highly recommend. If you should order any product from this site, I may receive compensation, but you do not pay a penny more.


You don’t need too many supplies for this Christmas project:

If you want to use other Christmas stencils, I recommend that you don’t wait. People start buying early so the ones they want are still in stock.

Nutcracker stencil
red ceramic paint in tube


I already had three Dollar Tree candles that I had not used. In fact, I had all the supplies on hand.

scissors, rubber squeegee, red ceramic paint
  • First, I recommend making sure that you wipe your candles with a dry paper towel. Remove any sticker residue. You want them free of dust or fingerprints.
  • Cover your work surface with craft or wax paper.
3 tall white Dollar Tree candles

This Nutcracker stencil was the inspiration for this Dollar Tree candle decoration. The Nutcrackers fit the tall candle perfectly.


  • Using your scissors, cut the Nutcracker stencils apart that you want to use.
Nutcracker stencils
  • Remove each stencil from its paper backing. Place the tri-mesh adhesive stencils on the candles and smooth them down on the glass.

TIP: keep the backing for storing your stencils.

  • Squeeze a small amount of Ceramic paint onto a piece of cardboard or a plate. Use your plastic scraper or rubber scraper to apply the paint to the stencil. It doesn’t take much paint to cover the stencil design. Scrape off any excess paint from the stencil.
  • Carefully pull back the stencil from the candle.
  • Your Nutcracker design will show on the candle.
  • Let the Ceramic Paint dry for about 30 minutes.
  • Place another Nutcracker stencil on the opposite side of the candle.
  • Let the second Nutcracker stencils dry for 30 minutes.

TIP: If you get any excess Ceramic paint on the candle, just remove it with a damp Q~tip.

NOTE: Wash your stencils in a container of water or under running water. Place them with the adhesive side face up on a paper towel to dry.

I got so engrossed in creating these Nutcracker Dollar Tree candles that I forgot to take more in~progress photos.

Want more ideas for using stencils to make Christmas decorations? Check these out:


To add more color and detail, I tied some green grosgrain ribbon from my ribbon box around the top of each candle and tied a bow. I used green to contrast with the red of the Nutcrackers.

Next, I placed my candles in one of my favorite oval wood trays. Then I added some faux greenery and small red and white faux Christmas balls.

It didn’t take much to decorate this vignette. I placed it on the blue and white “chinoiserie” cabinet I made last summer.

Nutcracker Dollar Tree candles decorated for Christmas

With the candles lit, the Christmas vignette takes on a lovely cast. Nothing like candlelight to brighten the holidays.

lighted Nutcracker Dollar Tree candles decorated for Christmas

Wasn’t that an easy Christmas decoration?

This is a delightful Christmas decoration. I know that the Dollar Tree candles will burn for 50 hours. Since we will only burn them for 1 ~ 2 hours at a time, they will last throughout the Christmas holidays.

Don’t hesitate to make a trip to your local Dollar Tree or order them online. Grab some tall white candles and embellish them with some festive Christmas stencils of your choice.

Thanks for visiting Day 1 of Christmas in July 2022. Go ahead and Pin this project now to make later.

pin for later graphic in blue
dollar tree Christmas candles

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