Cinnamon Stick Candle TUTORIAL

good morning, friends! i love a good candle this time of year. they make my home smell so good and feel so very cozy. i’ve really been into cinnamon this year {remember my framed pine cones?}. so here’s another nod to my cinnamon craze this winter…

candle craft

super easy + inexpensive. awesome.

How To Make a Cinnamon Stick Candle

diy candle
1. supplies: large pillar candle {mine is 9″ tall}, bundle of large cinnamon sticks- approx. 8″ long {from the craft store}, burlap, jute twine, faux berries or other embellishments, scissors, and a hot glue gun.

2. put a small dab of hot glue on a cinnamon stick and place on the candle. {the hot glue is NOT a permanent adhesive, its just going to hold the cinnamon stick to the candle temporarily so that you can embellish it. once the candle is burning, the hot glue will melt.} *recommend using a high temp hot glue gun for this project. but handle with care! you may need your finger prints someday. haha*

3. hot glue the cinnamon sticks to the candle. they will vary in height and width.

4. 1 package of cinnamon sticks went around my 4″ diameter candle, but depending on your cinnamon sticks and your candle’s diameter, you may need a second bundle.

5. cut a strip of burlap {tip on how to cut burlap straight is below} to 1.5″ wide by 18″ long {adjust as needed for the diameter of your candle + cinnamon sticks} and hot glue the burlap in place so that it holds cinnamon sticks together tightly.

How to Cut Burlap Straight

cut burlap straight

to cut burlap straight, pull one strand of burlap all the way out. this will create a line straight across for you to cut along. this gives you a nice straight line and helps prevent some of the shedding that burlap is so famous for. {not all of it, but some of it :) click here for more Burlap Tips and tricks.

how to make a cinnamon candle

have fun embellishing your candle. add some fun colors or keep it simple. either way, makes a great looking candle! these make lovely gifts that smell amazing :)

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    I had no idea a was cutting Burlap wrong for all these months…Thank you for enlightening me & saving my husband all that time sweeping up after my mess :)

  2. 2

    Very cute! I am loving all the cinnamon stuff this year too! I love walking into a store and the whole place smells like cinnamon…makes me want to buy a big bag of those scented pine cones!

  3. 3

    thinking i need to make these since there is the perfect spot right over our fireplace asking to be decorated.
    thanks for sharing!

  4. 4

    really cute! I bet it smells wonderful as well(:

  5. 5

    Love this idea! I can just smell the cinnamon as it is heated by the candle wax. Yummy!

  6. 6

    So cute! I have seen these where they make the sticks progressively shorter so that it is an advent candle.

  7. 7

    This is such a cute idea!! My whole family loves candles… definitely worth giving it a try. Especially for a beginner crafter like me! :) Thanks for the great post!

  8. 8

    Great tutorial and tip about cutting burlap, thanks! This will make some fun gifts.

  9. 10

    What a fabulous gift idea! I love the berry sprigs. Super cute!

  10. 11

    These are so cute.. and they look very easy to make! I know I have cinnamon sticks in my spice cabinet!

  11. 12

    I love this project! I’ve been working with cinnamon sticks myself and I just love how festive they are! I used mine on a frame, but cut up into small pieces.
    Love your stuff!

  12. 13

    Great tutorial, these candles are SO cute!! Can’t wait to try one. My craft list is getting a little out of control!

  13. 14

    Love these. Is there anything pretty than simple and beautiful? I’ll be linking to this on’s Facebook page. Thanks for a truly inspiring blog :)

  14. 15

    I would love to know where you get your burlap. I have been working on burlap wreaths this week and mine looks more hairy than what you have here. It also has really large gaps in the weave. I’d prefer something with higher quality if I can get it.

    1. 15.1

      Hi Gayle,
      Sorry for the slow response. I get my burlap at Joanns or Ben Franklin. thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

  15. 17

    I adore the smell of cinnamon, not sure if it has any specific effects on your well being but I always find it puts me in a good mood :) Thanks for sharing this fantastic idea, love it!

  16. 18

    How does the candle hold up if you light it regularly? Or would you say this is purely for looks and not intended to be lit? Just wondering how the cinnamon sticks stay attached to the candle since you said the glue melts and isn’t a true adhesive.

      1. Pat

        I have tried to do the cinnamon candles your way rather than the Hobbycraft way of putting in the microwave , I even went out and bought a heat gun, but the cinnamon sticks wont hold they just keep falling off before I get to the next one, I am not putting enough glue on do you think ?

        Thank you as I have quite a few I would like to do for gifts



  17. 19

    Looking forward to making a set of my own. Great tip on how to cut a straight line in the burlap material. Thank you for posting!