Dollar Store DIY: Simple Santa Candle

If you are looking for a fun and frugal gift this holiday season for teachers, babysitters, or anyone who loves candles for that matter, this Simple Santa Candle is the perfect treat.

Dollar Store Santa Candle-DIY

Not only is it easy to make, but you can whip one up using supplies from your local Dollar  store. They only take minutes to make, and in no time you can have a great gift that any recipient would be thrilled to use. If this sounds like something you want to try, take a peek below at how easy it is to create your very own.


Supplies Needed:


santa candle

1 round red candle
Black construction paper
White construction paper
Craft glue

As mentioned we were able to find everything used in our sample picture at our local Dollar store. You can even check around your home to see if you have any supplies that would work as they are fairly common items.



1. Begin by unwrapping the candle so no outer plastic with advertising on it can be seen.

2. Cut a 2 inch wide strip of red construction paper and wrap it around the candle. This will act as the coat of Santa. Secure the ends of the construction paper with glue and press until the pieces are secure.

3. Now, you are going to create the belt on Santa. To do this, cut a 1 inch strip of black construction paper and wrap it around the candle. Cut it to fit and add a dab of glue to the ends to secure them.

4. Santa now needs a buckle on his belt. You can use whichever color you would like for the buckle. We chose a nice clean white, but feel free to use yellow or green even if you wish. Cut a 1 inch by 1 inch square from the paper. Gently fold the square in half and cut out a half square into it. When you open your original square up again, you will notice it now looks like a buckle. Add some glue to the back and press it to the center of the candle as we did.

That’s it! What use to be a red candle now looks like the belly of Santa! This is such a cute gift to give or even display in your own home as the season draws near. So if you are looking for a fun and festive craft to enjoy this holiday season, give this simple DIY project a try!


  1. This is so simple, like “Why didn’t I think of this simple?” which means it’s ALWAYS a great craft. Kiddos would love to help make it too and I think instead of gifting some, we’d use them to decorate because they are just too cute! Thanks for the idea!

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