Christingle Candles

Christingle candles are symbolic objects, originally used to explain to children the message of Christmas. It represents the hope of light, the birth of Jesus and God's light for all people.

What do they look like?

A Christingle is made up of an orange which represents the world. A red ribbon is tied around it to indicate the love and blood of Christ. Dried fruits and sweets are symbols of God's creations, the earth and the four seasons. Finally, a lighted candle pushed in the centre of the orange represents Jesus, the light of the world.

Time needed:

30 minutes

What you need:

  • wooden cocktail sticks
  • scissors
  • cranberries
  • oranges
  • cloves
  • apple corer
  • candle

1. Cut some of the cocktail sticks in half and push them through a cranberry.

2. Decorate the orange by sticking in the cranberries around the middle in a circle.

3. Add a line of cloves, both above and below the cranberries.

4. Scoop out the centre of your orange with the apple corer. Place the candle firmly in the hole.


Try different patterns on other oranges - you could try lines instead of circles. You could also wrap some red ribbon around it. It will look lovely as a table decoration!

If you would like to add to your Christmas decorations around the house, have a look at our other ideas for Kids Christmas Crafts. Why not make our adorable Rudolph the Reindeer and his friends? Or follow our instructions how to make 3D stars or Origami Snowflakes? Have a look - I am sure you will find something!

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