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This Vanilla Candle & Cinnamon Stick DIY Is What the Season Is Made Of

‘Tis the season for tons of DIYs — but if the mere thought of yet another Pinterest fail brings tears to your eyes, you’ve come to the right place. This cinnamon-vanilla candle project is super-easy, even though the end result doesn’t look homemade in the slightest.

Not only that, it smells amazing, because… cinnamon. As the vanilla candle warms up the cinnamon sticks, it works to fill a room with that fragrant, woodsy smell. It screams holidays.

More: How to Make Your Own Candles (& Save a Ton of Cash)



  • Vanilla candles
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Thick elastic bands
  • Twine
  • Ribbon

Step 1: Place an elastic band around the bottom of the candle. Slide it up a couple inches and make sure it lays flat with no twists against the candle.

Step 1

Step 2: Carefully slide in the cinnamon sticks behind the elastic band, one at a time.

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Step 3: Fill the cinnamon sticks all the way around your candle until there are no gaps left.

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Step 4: Wind your twine around the the candle 5-6 times to cover the elastic band.

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Step 5: Once you have covered the elastic, tie off the ends of the twine in a double knot. Then tuck the knot under the other strands of twine to hide it.

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Step 6: You can leave it with just the twine if you like, but adding a ribbon is a nice touch to polish off the candle. Simply wrap the ribbon around the candle and over the twine, then tie into a bow.

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Step 7: Here are your finished cinnamon-vanilla scented candles!

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Originally published September 2014. Updated November 2017.

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