Decorating with Candles
A single candle looks good, but a grouping of candles looks great. When placing several candles together in one grouping try to use the same color candles. It looks cohesive and makes a stronger impact.
- Gather together some fat pillar candles and place them together on your favorite serving plate. Use candles of different heights. To add a little holiday flair add some Christmas greenery around the bottom. Embellish it with pinecones and berries if you wish.
- Place a bunch of candles atop candlesticks and group them together. The candlesticks don't need to be exactly the same, but it's best to use the same material. For example, use mercury glass or clear glass candlesticks of varying heights and shapes.
- Put a bunch of fat pillar candles (matching ones) on top of a cakestand. Birch bark candles are festive and will lend a rustic look to your table.
- Mantels practically call out for candles. Place a bunch of fat pillars on your mantel and then weave some garlands around them. (You might want to place them on top of something so wax doesn't drip on the mantel.)
- Just as with centerpieces, you can use candlesticks of the same material, but not necessarily matching, to display candles. Place several along the mantel and intersperse them with votive holders of the same material. It will look cohesive, yet the different sizes will give it visual interest.
If you have enough space on your stairs candles can be a great decorative accent, however, don't use them if you have pets or children – it's simply too dangerous. That said, you can use battery operated flameless candles to get the same look. They're safe and can look just as good.
- Place candles in clear glass hurricane vases and place one on each step (or every other step).
- Fill clear glass vases about one third of the way up with cranberries or tiny pinecones and then nestle a pillar candle inside. Place one on each or every other step.
Candles look great just about anywhere. Just be sure to use common sense. Never leave them unattended and don't place them anywhere they can be knocked or blown over. Also, be sure not to put them too close to anything that can catch fire such as curtains or drapes. Be careful, be sensible, and be safe.