30 Nov 2012
Could it be Colonel Mustard in the dining room with the silver candlestick holder, or you at home with a spectacular candle display?
Gone are the days of bulky candlestick holders. These days, it's about simplicity and beauty and there are so many ways to jazz up a candle display - the only problem you'll have is deciding which one to choose...
Make your own candle holders
Using a vintage china teacup and saucer, you can create a unique candle holder. Simply glue a candle cup to the bottom of the teacup and place a candle inside. Or, you can glue the saucer to the bottom of the cup, turn it upside down and place the candle on the saucer.
You can add a rustic charm to your candle display by using wood. It is simple, easy and effective. Using a recycled railway sleeper or a plank of wood from the garden, drill holes suited to the shape of your candle halfway into the wood. Make sure you do not drill all the way through. Stick a few tea candles in the holes and there you have it, a wonderfully unique centrepiece.
If you have chipped wine glasses or one left of a set, have no fear, - you can use wine glasses as mini candle lamps. Using a variety of coloured vellum, you can make stunning lamp shades to slip over the top of the wineglasses, and the great thing is you can decorate them any way you like.
Simply slip a small candle in the glass and cover up with the lampshade, place it on a side table, mantelpiece or the centre of your dinner table and wait for the compliments to come flooding in.
Using candles as home décor
Candles do not only provide mood lighting and create atmosphere, they also look good. If you have a dead space in a room and are not sure how to spice it up, you can throw a few candles together and instantly create an aesthetically pleasing display.
Glass vases and jars are ideal for displays. Fill a vase with some white beach sand and place a fairly thick candle in the centre. Place a few well spaced seashells, pieces of dry coral and starfish inside the vase, letting them rest against the candle, and you have a great piece of décor.
You can also place a few pebbles in a fairly shallow glass bowl, add some water and some floating candles to create a wonderful, serene display for your coffee table. It also makes a great centrepiece for outside events.
If you have a vase shaped like a long drinking glass, you have the makings of a fantastic display. Find a vibrant, boldly coloured flower and place it in the centre of the vase. You can opt to put a few coloured pebbles in the bottom, to anchor the flower, but it's up to you. Slowly fill the vase with water and place a floating candle on the top.
One of the latest products in 'candle technology' is funky light candles. These are great for outdoors and dark spaces, as they light up and change colour, thanks to a nifty heat activated LED bulb placed in the base of the candle. Not only are they eye catching, but they will definitely make your friends and family take notice. You can put them in frosted vases to create a luminous glow effect.
Creating layers of scent with candles
You can create your own great smelling candles without having to make candles from scratch. Using twine, simply tie a ring of cinnamon sticks around a normal, thick candle. This also works equally well with Lavender and Jasmine, as the heat from the flame will infuse the smell throughout the room.
Another trick is to fill a glass jar with coffee beans and place a candle in the middle.
You can create layers of scent for your home using a combination of scented candles. Yankee Candles have a variety of heavenly scented, large or small candles for any occasion.
Scented candles come from four basic fragrance families - fruit, floral, food and fresh. The thing to remember when layering scent using candles is to use scents from the same fragrance family. However, there is one exception - fruit and food go well together.
When creating a scent for your house, make sure you use two or more candles, where the scents complement each other. Light them and place them side by side to create your own unique smell. The great thing is that you can experiment with different fragrances for different occasions, and people are guaranteed to notice how fabulous your house smells. – Victoria Taylor
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