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Snowman Candlesticks for Winter Decor

Learn how to decorate wood snowman candlesticks that are perfect for winter! Use paint and craft supplies to make this simple project.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’re going to be painting, sanding, and adding some embellishments to your candlestick. It’s pretty easy, even if you’ve never crafted before.

Snowman Candlesticks

I was shopping for wood surfaces recently, which I do on occasion to see what’s out there that’s new. Sometimes I get inspired by colors or an idea . . . but I also get inspired by surfaces too.

I might find a wood box in a unique shape, or a frame style I’ve never seen, or a candlestick shaped like a snowman.

And whatever the surface is, I have to have it. And decorate it.

Which is exactly what happened with these snowman candlesticks! I found them, needed them immediately for my winter decor, and new exactly what I was going to do with them.

Candlestick snowman

One thing I really love about winter crafts is the ability to use various shades of blue. Blue is one of my favorite colors (along with orange), and I love it all the from aqua green to navy. I love any chance to use my blue paints!

I want to show you how I decorated these guys so you can use the same idea on your own candlesticks. Or any snowman themed surface you like! You can also get the exact same ones I used in the supply list below.

Learn how to paint and decorate these candlesticks with simple craft supplies. Here’s how they were made.

Wooden Snowman Candlesticks

Gather These Supplies

  • Unfinished wood snowman candlesticks – they also have ornaments!
  • Chalk paint or acrylic paint – medium gray, light gray, blue, and light blue
  • Felt – color of your choice
  • Buttons – small, 3 per snowman
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Sand and Basecoat

I bought two candlesticks because everything is better in twos! To begin, you’ll sand away any rough spots on the wood and remove sanding dust.

Unfinished wood snowman candlestick

Start by basecoating the candlesticks in medium gray. Just paint the body of the candlesticks, not the hat or base.

Painting a layer of gray paint on the snowman candlestick

Paint one medium layer, let dry, and then paint another layer. Let dry completely.

Wood candlestick painted with gray paint

Paint and Distress

Chalk paint is really easy to distress! To do it, paint a layer of lighter gray over the top of the medium gray.

Painting over the gray with off white

Paint a coat and let dry completely. Depending on how well it goes on, you might need a second coat. Let dry.

Candlestick painted with off white paint

After the second layer of paint was dry, I painted the hat and base with a steel blue. LOVE how the colors come together!

Painting the hat with chalk paint

Once dry, I sanded the edges and midsection of my snowman to distress. You can see the medium gray peeking through the light.

Sanding the candle holder to distress

To finish off the hat, I painted the hat band with a lighter blue. Yasssss.

Painting the band of the hat with light blue chalk paint

You’ll see in the image above, my snowman candlestick has a scarf. This was something fun I decided to add and it was really easy.

Add the Scarf and Buttons

I decided my dudes would need scarves, so I searched through my felt collection and found some awesome scraps! This felt is wool felt, not poly (like you get from the kids’ section of the craft store). It’s also printed. You can usually get similar on Etsy (I got mine from a craft fair).

Cut a thin strip – 1/4″ or so – and tie around your snowman’s neck.

Piece of felt turned into a scarf and tied around the candlestick

Trim off to the final length.

Trimming the edge of the scarf with scissors

You’ll need to use the hot glue gun (or good craft glue) to make the top of the scarf stick down so that it looks like it’s tied. Glue down and let set.

Hot gluing the scarf down

At the last minute I decided to glue some buttons on the front of each candlestick – three small ones to be exact – to finish my guys off. Didn’t they turn out cute?

Snowman candle holder

Did you love this winter craft idea? Let me know in the comments! I also hope you’ll check out these other projects: