Cranberry-Filled Candle Holder


The Cranberry Marketing Committee teamed up with decor and recipe guru, Carlene Thomas, RDN, LD, of Healthfully Ever After, to bring you a one-of-a-kind guide to entertaining with fresh cranberries.  Below is a featured decoration from the guide.  Download the full guide here.

An elegant way to light your fall tablescape, this easy-to-make cranberry and gold candle centerpiece is the perfect subtle touch to Friendsgiving décor.

  • Prep Time: 35 minutes


  • 7 cups fresh cranberries (depending on size of container)
  • newspaper
  • gold spray paint
  • trough-style clear vase of choice
  • candles: 2-3 taper or pillar
  • hot glue gun



  1. Take 1 cup of cranberries outside and spread out on newspaper. Be sure they are not touching. Spray paint gold. Allow spray paint to dry and roll cranberries to expose the unpainted side. Spray paint and let dry for 10 minutes.
  2. If using pillar candles, decide candle placement within glass container. Use a hot glue gun to place dots of glue on the base of the candle and adhere to the inner base of the container. Skip this step with taper candles.
  3. Fill the vase with a mix of painted and unpainted cranberries around pillar candles. If
    using taper candles, fill vase a third of the way with cranberries, place pillar candles, and continue to surround and fill with cranberries.
  4. Place on table and light candles.

For more decor ideas and recipes, download the complete Guide to Entertaining with Fresh Cranberries here.  To learn more about the Cranberry Friendsgiving Photo Contest and a chance to win $4,000 in prizes, click here

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