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Candle Accents for Elegant Outdoor Dining

Contributed by: Jill Black

The soft flickering glow of candles always creates a certain kind of ambience in any setting especially when used outdoors.

Two ways that never fail to impress my guests are quick and very easy to make.

Glowing Shot Glass Candles

  • 12 (or more) small inexpensive shot glasses
  • 12 (or more) tealight candles
  • 4 spray cans of glass paint (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue and 1 green)
  • 12 (or more) long kebab skewers
  • Gloves to protect your hands

To make the candles with gloved hands take a skewer and invert (turn) the shot glass upside down on top of the skewer. Shake the glass paint can well before use and spray the outside of the glass. When evenly coated insert the skewer into soft soil or sand and leave to throughly dry. Do not touch the paint. Continue painting the rest of the glasses - 3 red, 3 yellow, 3 blue and 3 green.

When dry place a tealight candle into each shot glass. They are now ready to use.

These candles look very elegant lined up along a wall, path or table in the following order - red, blue, yellow green.

When the evening is over simply remove the tealight candle and store away till the next time you want to use them

Decorative Flax Leaf Votive Candle Holders

Flaxes come in a variety of colors from greens to pink or reds.

For best results use narrow flax leaves for this project or alternatively use the narrow fleshy leaves of iris's, or spring bulbs such as daffodils (do not use dry grasses or leaves that lack moisture as you run the risk of them catching alight as the heat from the candle warms them).

Measure the flax for length against the side of the glass. Wrap a rubber band twice around the outside of the votive glass and insert the flax leaves under it using a dull knife to pull the rubber band away from the glass and make it easier. When all sides of the holder a covered with flax trim the top for an even appearance.

Next tie a length of raffia around the outside of the votive for a decorative finish. Before lighting your votive add a small amount of water to the holder to prevent the melted wax from sticking to the votive.

There are many creative ways candles can be used. Take time to experiment with different looks and find out what is best for your particular setting.


Copyright J Black 2004. For more articles and ideas for the home and garden visit Jill online today at



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