Tuesday, 11 December 2018

6 Clever Candle Decorating Ideas That Don't Cost a Thing

Vancouver Realtor-Carmen Leal

Candle decorating ideas can transform your home this time of year, when night falls early and there's a chill outside. The flickering flames can make things feel both festive and cosy on a dark winter evening.
The good news is, there are plenty of ways to glam up ordinary votive candles, which cost very little or nothing at all. Want proof? Check out these candle decorating ideas that use stuff you have lying around the house, from candy canes to leaves and even asparagus.

1. Float them in water

Water-filled jars are an easy pairing with votive candles and green leaves. Tiny tea lights are just weighty enough to skim the water's surface - without going under - and banana leaves are easy to bend and insert. You can also submerge flowers, twigs, rosemary branches, fruit, cranberries or slices of citrus in water.

2. Fill a fireplace

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Sure, you may want actual flames in this spot during a cocktail party or at Christmas party, but sometimes getting a fire going and keeping it stoked is a royal pain when you're trying to pass platters and baste a bird. Instead, skip the newspaper and kindling and create an arrangement of pillar candles. Use different heights or elevate some of them on upturned bowls. You'll have the same pretty glow as a real fire without having to prod it with a poker.

3. Wrap 'em in candy

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Who really eats candy canes, anyway? Put these swirly sticks to better use by gluing them to a pillar candle and then wrapping it all with a ribbon.
If you're not a fan of peppermint, try Twizzlers or chocolate-dipped pretzels. You can also glue on other treats, including Hershey's Kisses wrapped in foil, multicolored gumdrops, and pieces of ribbon candy.

4. Grab a few greens

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Tie together small bundles of branches with twist ties or thin wire, and arrange them on a small metal pan with pine cones and cranberries. Add other bundles to a large glass vase, and fill it with water. You can use greens from your backyard or Christmas tree or pick up artificial ones from a crafts store.

5. Add spices

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Cut or break whole cinnamon sticks to match the height of your candle, and then wrap the pillar with a rubber band.
Tuck the sticks inside the band to secure the spices, and wrap the candle with twine or raffia. Embellish with a leaf or a piece of bittersweet tucked under the twine. No cinnamon sticks in your cupboard? You can also glue whole star anise to a candle. And your DIY efforts come with a reward: a delicious homey scent every time you spark this spicy light.

6. Pick Veggies

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Emerald-hued veggies pop out visually against white pillars. As with the spice candle, use a rubber band to hold the veggies in place and then cover it up with kitchen string or holiday ribbon.

This veggie-centric look is an ideal display at Thanksgiving because it fits the harvest theme of bounty, but the green also works at Christmas (add red ribbons or fit candles inside hollowed-out scarlet produce such as bell peppers and pomegranates).

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