October 22, 2019

Cinnamon-Stick Votive Candles Make Perfect Scents

Cinnamon is one of my favorite scents around this time of year. It brings back memories of my mom’s homemade apple pie, and how I’d stare at the bubbly hot pastry through the oven door, waiting for it to come out. (And yes, my Chinese immigrant mother did make apple pie from scratch — even the crust.)

In celebration of this aromatic spice, I like to make cinnamon votive candles to decorate my home and tablescapes throughout the fall and winter seasons. Cinnamon bark adds a rustic touch to fall décor, and the votive candles cast a warm glow, with light filtering through the gaps between the cinnamon sticks. Plus, the aroma is irresistible!

What you’ll need:
Cinnamon sticks
Glass votive holder
Rubber band
Tea light




1. Position a rubber band around the middle of a glass votive holder.




2. Place cinnamon sticks around the votive holder, using the rubber band to keep them in place.




3. Wrap twine around the cinnamon sticks to hide the rubber band. The twine also helps to keep the cinnamon sticks more secure.




4. Drop a tea light in the votive holder, and enjoy the delightful glow.

Jonathan Fong is the author of “Walls That Wow,” “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at jonathanfongstyle.com.