Christmas Peppermint Striped Candlesticks

Darling Peppermint Striped Christmas Candlesticks that are super easy to make, and perfect for your Christmas decor!

I really love the striped and polka dot pumpkins I made this fall, and I thought the stripes would be perfect for the peppermint theme, and to add to my Christmas decor. 

I made a set of three–a stripe, a plain white, and a plain red, then made them into candlesticks, by drilling a space for tea lights.  They’re so quick and easy to make. They were done in an afternoon, and that includes drying time!

Peppermint Striped Christmas Candlesticks

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I used the same technique to make the stripes as I did with the pumpkins!

For the plain pumpkins, I like having the colors layered, so I painted the white post red first, then white, so when I sanded and distressed it, it would be white with red peeking through. The opposite would be for the red post.  I also painted the entire striped post red first, then added the tape for the stripes and painted white on top.  After the paint was dry, I used a sander to distress each piece.

I used a 1 1/2 inch spade bit (you can get them for as low as $6 as Home Depot) on my drill to create the opening for the tea lights. Sometimes a spade bit can be a bit tricky at that size–I used it because I had it–but a Forstner bit’s blade is designed a bit differently.

I have these on my kitchen table and LOVE them!  They would be darling for party centerpieces, and can be used indoors safely if you use battery operated tea lights.  They would also look cute on a mantel, entry table, window ledge, and probably anyplace.  ☺ I’m crazy about stripes, admittedly!!

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    1. I just used the battery-operated ones, so I could use them safely in the house, and not worry about fire.

  1. Hi Kierste,
    I am going to do a Holiday Craft party and would like permission to make your candlesticks! My friends have seen them and want to make them :)


  2. These are so darling they’ve inspired a girls night craft night with my besties!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

    1. Yes, you can! You will probably need more than one coat for good coverage, so plan accordingly, but it will work! Have so much fun!!!

  3. I love all your crafts! I’ve made the 4×4 pumpkins and now I’m about to finish these peppermint candle sticks! I can’t wait for the 4th of July flag 4×4’s! They are all super easy and super cute! Thanks Kierste!

        1. Hi, Sherri! I used a router to take out the circle on the top–I explain more about it in the post!

  4. Could you please tell me what kind of wood your posts were that you used. Thanks so much, love your stuff!

  5. These are so darling! I made the pumpkins with some friends this fall. We loved them so much, we are making these! Just a question. Could we use acrylic paint instead? I’m worried it is to cold for spray paint. Thanks!

    1. Yes, you can definitely use acrylic paint! You may need an extra coat, so plan accordingly, but it will totally work. Enjoy!!

  6. These are adorable, have been looking for some stylish but easy to make Christmas decorations and these are perfect!

  7. Love these! Making them tomorrow for my daughter for Christmas! Can you tell me the names of the fonts you used for “peppermint Striped Candlesticks” please?

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