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How To Decorate With Vintage Candlesticks Holders and Candles

Y’all, I love collecting vintage candlesticks holders when shopping at thrift stores. Today I’m sharing how to use candles and unique ways to use candlesticks holders for budget-friendly decorating.

The fun thing about collecting candlesticks holders is they provide many ways to make creative, unique vignettes around your home.

They are inexpensive when purchased second-hand, and I don’t own any that were purchased new.

Wooden candle sticks on mantel with flicker candles

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What Types of Candlesticks Holders Should You Collect?

When out thrifting, I’m always looking for unique candlesticks holders. Here are a few options that I most always bring home.

Remember that if the color isn’t good for your decor, you can always paint the holders to match your decor. You will see that candlesticks are just one of the many tips I share for Successful Thrift Store Shopping.

DIY Candle Holder with multiple candles
DIY Candle Holder Tutorial

Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop

I’m so excited to join the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop hosted by Cindy at County Road 407.

You will see many ways to decorate with candles and candlesticks from the talented ladies participating today.

If you are joining me from Cindy’s How To Style Candles, welcome.

How To Decorate With Candlesticks Holders

There are several options for decorating with candlesticks.

A single-pillar candle surrounded by a Spring candle ring helps to brighten the area under an entry table. Although there is only one candle, it reflects lots of light when placed on a mirror.

Flicker candle on mirror surrounded with a floral candle ring.

You can group several candles on a tray or in a wooden bowl like the one below.

Here I used winter greenery, gathered pinecones, and a set of flicker candles.

When grouping similar candles, vary the heights for a visually interesting vignette.

Vintage french bowl holds flicker candles and pine cones for a cozy winter decorating idea.

Another smaller version combines two wooden candlesticks holders on a vintage brass tray. Although the candlesticks are the same height, the flicker candles are two different heights.

Wooden candlestick holders in brass tray with pewter bunny. Wooden Vintage Candlesticks Holders

Mix and Match

One of my favorite ways to style vintage brass candlesticks is to mix and match.

Some of my candlesticks are tarnished, while others maintain a shiny finish.

This trio is in 3 varying heights surrounding greenery for a simple table centerpiece.

Variety of heights in brass candle holders.  Candlesticks Holders in Brass

This table is filled with brass tapered candle holders and vintage pillar holders.

Mix and match tapered candles and pillar candles on the same table centerpiece.

A recent table centerpiece is filled with mix-and-match brass vintage candlesticks holding a combination of real candles, forever-burning oil candles, and a couple holding neutral birds.

Mix and match vintage brass candlesticks holders on table centerpiece. Vintage Candlesticks Holders in Brass
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Painted Vintage Candlesticks Holders

This neutral tablescape has two sets of vintage wood candlesticks painted the same color.

Although they are entirely different styles, the paint color allows them to work together on this Valentine’s Table.

thrift store vintage candlesticks holder sets painted with white chalk paint.

No Candle Candlesticks

Another reason I love to collect candlesticks is that I use them to display my decor.

I like to perch a bird or rabbit on a candlestick for Spring.

Easter table with pewter bunny sitting on candlesticks holder.

This cute fat bird works well on a chunky pillar candle holder.

Bird sits on a candle ring instead of a candle - on a thrifted candle holder

Unexpected Candles

In addition, I love to use candles in unexpected ways.

I added hanging votives to the DIY light fixture for this Galentine’s Brunch table. The fun votives are water activated. A little food coloring added the red color to complete the tablescape idea.

Water activated votive candles float in thrifted glass jars above the Galentine's Brunch table

For this Spring/Easter Table Centerpiece, clay saucers held glass candles.

In addition, some ceramic cupcake holders elevated a few more candles.

Spring table centerpiece with clay saucers and ceramic cupcake holders for candlesticks holders.

This fun thrifted iron candelabra makes an interesting table vignette for the greenhouse last Christmas.

Vintage Iron Candelabra on greenhouse table for centerpiece vignette. This vintage candlesticks holders is iron.

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Hurricane Candle Holder

Another lucky find was a pair of hurricane candle holders. They are huge and provide so many options for decorating. Here I’ve used one for the focal point of the holiday table centerpiece.

Hurricane candle holder on Christmas Table Centerpiece with plaids and pinecones. Vintage Candlesticks Holder Ideas

Another one was filled with gathered acorns for a fall porch tour.

Vintage Hurricane Candle Holder with acorns on fall farmhouse porch.

For Spring decorating, you don’t even need a candle. Just fill the hurricane candleholder with preserved moss balls, Easter eggs, or other Spring decor.

Hurricane Candleholder filled with preserved moss balls.  Vintage Candlesticks Holder used in unique way.
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Wall Sconces

Another way to decorate with candles is to add wall sconces. I have several that are all thrifted and budget-friendly.

The shell-shaped brass sconces are a favorite find last summer while we were renovating our beach cottage.

Vintage Brass Shell Wall Scones at the remodeled tiny beach cottage.  Brass Vintage Candlesticks Holders.

In addition, I’ve enjoyed using these wrought iron scones for several years above my farmhouse table.

Farmhouse table with vintage wrought iron candle sconces above the table. Vintage Candlesticks Holders

DIY Candlesticks Holders

To create a unique multi-candle holder, we used reclaimed lumber. This DIY project looks completely different by changing the candle colors.

DIY Multi-candle Candlesticks Holders.  Made from reclaimed wood.

More Antique & Vintage Decorating in Modern Farmhouse

I hope you enjoyed today’s tips, and now it’s time for more inspiration from Debra at Common Ground. I know you will love her ideas for using candles for Valentine’s Day.

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Vintage Candlesticks Holders and how to decorate with them.

Wendy McMonigle

Thursday 1st of February 2024

So many brilliant and creative ideas Rachel. I love them all stacked in the bowl.


Thursday 1st of February 2024

Wendy, Thank you so much! I appreciate your comments.


Thursday 1st of February 2024

So many great ideas. You are so creative. Hugs to you.


Thursday 1st of February 2024

Renae, I appreciate this.


Monday 20th of February 2023

So many gorgeous arrangements and ideas for candles. I love candlesticks but haven't been collecting for awhile, time to go searching. Your entire home is beautiful.


Monday 20th of February 2023

Leanna, I really appreciate your comments. Thanks for stopping by.

Lora Bloomquist

Saturday 11th of February 2023

Love your DIY candlholder centerpiece; so fun to switch it up for the seasons. You have a wonderful collection and have given great ideas here, Rachel!


Sunday 12th of February 2023

Lora, Thanks for your sweet comments.


Saturday 11th of February 2023

Rachel, you come up with THE most amazing ways to display candles and your tablescapes and vignettes are so flowing and organic. I have some unattractive brass candlesticks that are begging to be painted so that's an idea from your post that I need to do. AND I have to mention that fabulous wooden bowl on your coffee table. I think I've pinned every pic in this post! Have a great weekend!


Sunday 12th of February 2023

Debra, I appreciate your sweet comments and I'm glad you got some ideas from my post.