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DIY Twig Votive Candle Holders

2013 November 7

Thanksgiving season is already upon us, which means it’s time for another DIY! If you’re like me, you’re looking for something that doesn’t have “turkey” written all over it. That’s why I love this easy little project. It’s rustic and cozy with a hint of glam. These DIY Twig Votive Candle Holders are sure to bring some extra warmth to your holiday table.


To make these twig votive candle holders, you will need:

Glass Votives
Votive Candles
Twigs- available at crafts stores
Gold and White Spray Paint
Hot Glue Gun & Glue


 Step 1: Break off your twigs into roughly 2.5 inch pieces & set aside, making three piles. You’ll need at least twenty-five pieces in each pile.
Step 2: Spray paint one pile of twigs gold, and one pile of twigs white, leaving one of your piles unpainted.



Step 3: Using your hot glue gun, run a small line of glue along one edge of each twig piece & adhere immediately to the side of your glass votive. Press firmly until piece is secure. Repeat this step until you have covered the glass.
Step 4: Light candles and enjoy!

Note: We suggest keeping your twigs cut short to avoid any fire hazards by keeping the twigs out of reach of the flame. Please be safe while you make these for your home!


Photos by Marisa Mangum & Leah Bergman

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27 Responses Post a comment
  1. November 7, 2013

    i love this darling idea! must do it

  2. November 7, 2013

    Even I might be able to do this (and that’s saying something! Creative idea, and beautiful photos as always.

  3. November 7, 2013

    So pretty, Marisa!

  4. November 7, 2013

    I love these! It actually seems like a DIY I could do, unlike most that I see and only wish I could pull off. Plus I love branches and twigs in home decor, so this is great.

  5. November 7, 2013

    Such a great diy! I love the rustic look.

  6. Mom permalink
    November 7, 2013

    What a great, inexpensive do it yourself that looks beautiful!

  7. November 7, 2013

    How cute are these?! I really love the bee matches.

    Chelsea & The City

  8. November 7, 2013

    This is incredible. I can’t even deal. You need a show.

  9. November 7, 2013

    This is such a simple idea but soooooo cute! Good job!

  10. November 7, 2013

    So pretty! I loved that you used different colors too. Pinning now 🙂

  11. November 8, 2013

    thanks for the love everybody!! if you make them, share photos with us on instagram! we’d love to see!! 🙂

  12. ABT permalink
    December 2, 2013

    Love these! But having trouble finding similar twigs at any craft stores near me. Where did you find yours?

    • December 2, 2013

      I found mine at Michael’s Craft Store but you could easily use small twigs or branches you find outdoors. Just cut them down to size.

  13. Whitney Lynn permalink
    October 28, 2014

    A year late, but I love these! I’m making them as gifts for my friends this year!

    • October 28, 2014

      I still love them as well! I will definitely be making a second set for the holidays. 😉 Happy crafting!

      • Whitney Lynn permalink
        October 30, 2014

        I sadly had my pieces fall off the candle the next day 🙁 Maybe my hot glue wasn’t good enough. Going to try it with E-6000.

  14. November 4, 2014

    These are beautiful! I’m an editor at, and I’d love to include a photo of these and link out to your tutorial in our DIY gift guide this year. Let me know if this is possible. 🙂

    • November 4, 2014

      Hi Jennifer, thank you so much! I would be honored to have them featured on Babble. Feel free to use any photos and credit the original post. – Leah

  15. Cat permalink
    November 15, 2014

    Sounds like a nice idea, but I don’t really think using hot glue would be a great idea. Since this is supposed to hold a candle, which will get hot, won’t the hot glue melt off again? It would probably be a good idea to use some other sort of adhesive…

    • November 18, 2014

      I personally haven’t burned them long enough to have a problem with the glue melting however you could definitely use a stronger glue!

  16. July 21, 2016

    These look so fun and easy to make and personalize any way you want! I am sharing this on Pinterest.

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