Christmas Peppermint Striped Candlesticks

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I’m a tad bit obsessed with all things peppermint, and I made some darling Peppermint Striped Candlesticks that are perfect for your Christmas decor!

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peppermint striped candlesticks |

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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 was right! I’m in LOVE with the red & white peppermint stripes!

I made a set of three–a stripe, a plain white, and a plain red. I also made them into candlesticks, by drilling a space for tea lights.  I love how quick and easy these are to make–they were done in an afternoon, and that includes drying time!



-4×4 post, cut into 3 pieces, 10 inches, 8 inches & 6 inches (or other desired sizes)

-Frog Tape

-Spray Paint



-1 1/2 inch spade bit


battery operated tea lights.


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. I did the opposite 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.

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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Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

52 thoughts on “Christmas Peppermint Striped Candlesticks

  1. Hi Kierste,these are really the BomB!! so cute I love your work all ways amazing….Thank Merry Christmas….

  2. These are really cute. What kind of spray paint did you use and how did you distress them? Could you use acrylic paint? Can you do the distressing with sand paper or do you need a power sander? Did you put some kind of finish on them after all was done?

    1. Thank you! I used Krylon’s Cherry Red spray paint, and Rustoleum’s white spray paint. I used a power sander to distress them, which is infinitely easier and faster, but you could definitely use sandpaper. I would use a medium grit. I didn’t use any kind of finish, because they don’t get any wear or tear. Good luck!!! xo

  3. 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 :)


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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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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