Decorating With Candles

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A group of candles gives a warm glow at the table
A group of candles gives a warm glow at the table (teamodesign)

Candles have long been a favored accent in homes and in the backyard.  They conjure images of romantic dinners, festive occasions or sitting in their soft glow on a stormy night when the lights go out.  Decorating with candles is an easy way to enhance your home and outdoor spaces.

A runner of candles accented with natural elements
A runner of candles accented with natural elements (lushome)
Pretty votives and decorative stones for a fresh candle display
Pretty votives and decorative stones for a fresh candle display (damaris-daria.blogspot)
Embellish glass bowls with seashells and rope for a beach theme
Embellish glass bowls with seashells and rope for a beach theme (rust-crafts)
Unique fruit candles enhance a summer table
Unique fruit candles enhance a summer table (shelterness)
Beautiful handmade flowers make lovely candleholders
Beautiful handmade flowers make lovely candleholders (handmade4art)

When decorating with candles, unless you are planning an intimate dinner at a table for two, throw out the adage that less is more.  With candles, more is more.  Setting candles out in groups not only provides more illumination but makes greater decorative impact.  Whether you are decorating the mantel, the dinner table, the coffee table or the patio, assembling a group of at least three candles makes more impact.

Arranging candles in groups makes more impact
Arranging candles in groups makes more impact (realflowerpetalconfetti.blogspot)
Grouping candles of different sizes together makes an interesting display
Grouping candles of different sizes together makes an interesting display (digsdigs)
Use a group of candles in various sizes and heights to decorate the fireplace off-season
Use a group of candles in various sizes and heights to decorate the fireplace off-season (mostbeautifulthings.net)
Group candles with flowers for a fresh look
Group candles with flowers for a fresh look (Pinterest)
Candlelight gives a welcoming glow to the table
Candlelight gives a welcoming glow to the table (eventstoatdc)

If you like repurposing or simply creating things on your own, there are many ways you can convert regular household items in candleholders.  Wine bottles make classic candleholders.  Mason jars can be embellished with different papers and trims for original candleholders.  Use glass jars and vases to mix other elements in with candles to create unique displays.

Glass vases with rocks and flowers display floating candles
Glass vases with rocks and flowers display floating candles (room-decorating-ideas)
Create your own "candlescapes"
Create your own “candlescapes” (shelterness)
Mason jars covered with paper leaves make a warm glow for fall decorating
Mason jars covered with paper leaves make a warm glow for fall decorating (Country Living)
Wine bottles are perfect candleholders
Wine bottles are perfect candleholders (decoist)
Use ribbons to enhance candles
Use ribbons to enhance candles (pixshark)
Cover simple glass votives with buttons
Cover simple glass votives with buttons (funandeasycraftideas)
Wrap paper around votive holders for parties
Wrap paper around votive holders for parties (shelterness)
Create a coastal display with shells and natural items
Create a coastal display with shells and natural items (mostbeautifulthings.net)

When choosing candleholders, don’t limit yourself to the ordinary.  Various containers, jars, bottles and decorative accessories can make great bases for candles.

Display candles in decorate birdcages
Display candles in decorate birdcages (modishspace)
Turn wine glasses or water goblets upside down for a unique candleholder
Turn wine glasses or water goblets upside down for a unique candleholder (babble)
Teacups make charming candleholders
Teacups make charming candleholders (heygorg)
A group of seashells for candleholders
A group of seashells for candleholders (Pinterest)
Don't forget hurricane globes for a classic look or for outdoor use during breezy nights
Don’t forget hurricane globes for a classic look or for outdoor use during breezy nights (invitation-card-templates1114.blogspot)

Nothing says casual outdoor party like mason jar candles.  String them along the fence or hang them from the trees for a festive touch.

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Hang candles in mason jars along the fence
Hang candles in mason jars along the fence (interactives-wotv4women)
Hang candles in mason jars rom the trees for a festive touch
Hang candles in mason jars rom the trees for a festive touch (pcceventcentre)

Candles are a versatile and stylish way to add charm and ambiance to any occasion, indoors or out.  They bring an extra element to a decorative display and add a touch of romance to the dinner table.  Candles, when displayed creatively, offer that distinctive special touch to the home and patio.

 

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