As a girl, I loved helping to decorate the tree each year for Christmas. I would carefully unwrap each ornament and place it on the tree. My favorites were always the vintage clip-on candles and birds from my Grandma. Recently I’ve seen a resurgence of this type of ornament and I love it! I decided I could make a pretty similar rendition using paper and it would be a lot cheaper too. It’s a very common Scandinavian tradition to decorate your tree with candles, so this Paper Candle Christmas Tree Ornament is a little homage to my roots! All you need is small baking liners, paper, and glitter and you’ll have a tree all aglow in no time!
Check out the step by step photos to create your own paper candle ornaments!
Paper Candle Christmas Tree Ornament
- Small copper or gold baking cups
- Paper, painted yellow and textured
- Fine glitter in gold and copper
- Glue stick
- Hot glue gun
- Gold Clips, here or here
- Cut out pieces of paper that measure 2-inches by 3-inches for the candle body.
- Roll the piece of paper along the 2-inch length and hot glue together, forming a tube.
- Cut a small circle large enough to cover one end of the paper tube and hot glue onto the top.
- Cut a small candle flame from the paper. Cover with glue and glitter and hot glue onto top of tube
- Using your hot glue gun, create the “wax drip” around and on top of the candle and cover with copper glitter.
- Take two baking cups and flip one of them inside out. Apply the glue stick on the inner, white, side of one baking cup, and place the other inside it, so both sides of the cup have the copper sheen.
- Hot glue the candle inside the baking cup.
- Hot glue a clip to the bottom of the baking cup to clip onto your Christmas tree. You can also omit the clip and just nestle the candle into the tree as well!
Make a dozen or so candles and cover your tree!
Photography by Clara Sumsion Jones | Crafting by Rebecca Hansen