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How to Make DIY Antique Style Christmas Tree Candles

How to fake the look of antique Christmas tree candles with this step-by-step tutorial to make DIY candle holder clips using battery lights.

Just call me Clark Griswold because when it comes to Christmas lights, more is MORE in my book during the holiday season!

I’m like Oprah talking to all of our garlands, wreaths, and mini trees in our house this year. You get fairy lights and YOU get fairy lights and YOU ALL GET FAIRY LIGHTS! No holiday decor is safe.

DIY antique style brass Christmas tree candles

DIY Antique Candle Christmas Tree Lights

This year I wanted to add, you guessed it, more lights to our Christmas tree. And I wanted to do it in an antique-y sort of way to go along with this year’s rustic Swedish Christmas.

If you love the look of traditional candles with brass holders but want to avoid a fire hazard and messy candle wax, this Christmas candle holder idea is simple to make.

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Supplies

So I found these battery powered remote controlled candle lights with these plastic clips I could put on its branches. But the clips were plastic and not pretty at all.

Step 1 – Test Battery Operated Candles

Put batteries in the candles first (one less step you have to do later) and test them to make sure they all work.

battery operated Christmas tree candles with remote

Step 2 – Bend Candle Clip Prongs

Take one of the metal candle clips and bend the prongs so they are flat. (They’re so pliable that I was able to use just my fingers. No tools necessary.)

brass tree candle clips
brass tree candle holder with bent prongs

Step 3 – Fill Candle Clip With Hot Glue

Use your hot glue gun (set on high) to fill the inside space between the prongs with hot glue.

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applying hot glue to candle holder clip

Step 4 – Set Battery Candle in Hot Glued Clip

Place and hold the end of a battery powered candle into the hot glue, making sure it’s standing upright in the holder. Hold it for about a minute until the glue is slightly cooler and dried.

gluing brass candle holder to battery candle light

Repeat for however many candles you want. And that’s it!

DIY brass christmas tree candle on a branch

Honestly, this hardly could merit a tutorial but there ya go.

Our Christmas tree has a little bit of antique style nostalgia now without the fire hazard of real traditional German style taper candles.

DIY Christmas candle tree lights with swedish ornaments
swedish style christmas ornaments with DIY tree candle holders

UPDATE: Four years later, these DIY candle holder clips are still going strong! In storage, the hot glue does sometimes separate from the battery candle, but it’s easy to just add a little fresh dab of hot glue to them each year to put them right back in the tree.

antique style christmas tree candles with blue Christmas decor
antique christmas tree candles with blue ribbon and orange slices on a tree

So pretty, right?! I think I need to do this to other wreaths and trees in our house. But there I go Griswolding/Oprah-ing again. 😉

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15 Comments

  1. I’m with you …never enough lights! I actually just got these candles and put them on last night! love the antiqued ones tho” Where can I get those?

  2. Girl, I was just wondering how I could add candles to our tree after watching Rudolph with the kids and watching a family light candles while theu were on the tree. Can you imagine how many tree fries there were back in the day… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. Anyway, thanks fo much for this!!! Merry Christmas. ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„