DECORATING WITH CANDLES
Candles have an ability to reach something inside us in a way that few things
in our modern world can. There is an emotional trigger to that small flame
that enriches our lives. The following tips will help you display your
candles to their best advantage.
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- Group candlesticks of different heights for more visual
- Place a floral arrangement or gathered natural materials
around candelabras, and candlesticks. Use
this only with tall candle holders. For safety the candle socket must
be well above the florals to keep them out of the flame zone.
- Votives - always burn motive in votive holders for
best results. Votive holders are available in a wide variety of styles
and colors, more elaborate ones are decorative elements without any
additional work. A more elaborate arrangement can be made with multiple
votives. Try arranging them around the bath, bedroom, or hot tub for
a romantic mood setter. This works best with lots of votives.
- Large floating candles in the pool can really set the
mood for your next party. Remove all flammable
items from the pool and its edges first.
- Floating Candles - wax floats, and any candle wider
than it is tall should float upright. A pedestal fruit bowl makes a
beautiful container to display floating candles. Let some matching flower
blossoms, or petals float with them. Floating candles always look best
in multiples. Really shock your guests at your next party - put some
floaters in the bath (only if no young kids are present).
- Group same color candles of varying shapes and sizes
for an interesting effect.
- Choose a candle holder for its own style. Being able
to burn candles in it is just an added benefit.
- Add some visual warmth to that unused fireplace in
the summer by grouping some candles inside.
- Parties / Showers / Weddings - Use floating candles
as table centerpieces. Themed candles make great favors.
DO IT YOURSELF
Here are some tips for making your own candle holders and displays. Take care that any flammable materials used are out of the flame zone.
- Terra Cotta flower pots and saucers.
Plug hole with putty before using.
- Can be decorated with paint, stucco, decoupage, etc...
- Stack for interesting variations. Use clear silicone adhesive to bond together.
- Interesting groupings can be made with different size pots.
- Fill with Gravel or sand as a base for one or more candles. Fish tank gravel works well.
- Add other objects to create a theme such as sand, driftwood, and seashells.
- Drill a pattern of holes in a tin can.
- Spray paint.
- Looks great in the garden.
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