Free Candle Decorating Tips
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.
- Group candlesticks of different heights for
more visual impact.
- 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 votives in votive holders
for best results and longest burn times. 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
- 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. The inside must be sealed with mod podge
to seal the pores in the clay - failure to do this may result in a fire.
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.
- Large Saucers - Fill with Gravel or sand as
a base for one or more candles. Fish tank gravel works well and looks
great. Add other objects to create a theme such as sand, driftwood,
and seashells. Any flammable objects should be positioned a safe distance
from the flames.
- Luminary Lantern - Drill a pattern of holes
in a tin can. Spray paint. Looks great in the garden.
- Emergency Candle Holders - Have a blackout and
need more candle holders than you have on hand? Put some table salt
in a cup and place the candle in it. The salt won't burn, and will protect
the cup from any wax drippings. Sand from your kid's sandbox will work
too. Important: Remember that just because you need the candles for
light you can't ignore the safety rules - do not leave burning candles
Disclaimer: The information presented
here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making
practices as of the time of this writing - January 2006. The author and
the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the
information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational
purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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