Want arrangements with candles, but no flowers? Combine candles with ribbons, stones, shells, glass nuggets or marbles, instead. These easy-to-make centerpieces have an authentic homemade appeal.
You can turn most tins, jars and bottles into candle holders. Natural or glazed pottery - shading from rich earthy tones, to brilliant jewel colours - comes in a variety of unique vase, jug and urn shapes. An ivory or beeswax candle in a shapely terracotta vase...that's all it needs, to become a country-style candle holder.
You don't need any special skills, to produce the flower free centerpieces below. An eye for colour and design helps, but basically you'll just indulge your own whims and fancies.
Ideas for Making Non-Flower Centerpieces:Click on pictures to enlarge
Turn Bottles into Taper Candle Holders
Decorative diy candlesticks, made with glass bottles, and candles. Fill the bottles with coloured water. Insert a taper candle into each one.
Group bottles of varied shapes and sizes together, on a glass pane, reflective tray, or round mirrored tile, for a display that dazzles.
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A completely flowerless centerpiece, especially dramatic for nighttime, or sunset, display.
Remove at least 10 tea lights from their metal casings. Using a sponge brush, paint craft - or an all-purpose glue - around the sides of the casings. Sprinkle silver glitter onto the glue, (or roll them in a saucer of glitter). Leave to dry. Re-insert the candles.
Arrange the candles on a silver tray or platter. Scatter beads, sequins, or other shiny decorations around the tealights.
We used beads with jewel-like facets, which refract the candlelight and create extra shimmer.
A glass jar; beads; a small pillar candle; a thin embroidery needle; embroidery or crochet cotton
Thread the cotton through the eye of the needle. Thread enough beads onto the cotton to fit snugly around the top of the jar. Pull the cotton thread in tightly, and tie the ends together. Tie a second knot for extra security. Insert the pillar candle. You might have to make a dent in the candle base with a hot spoon, so that the candle fits onto the often dome-shaped bases of the jars.
Display handmade pillar candles on a ribbed candle plate. We fastened star shapes, (biscuit cutter wax cut-outs, with holes made in the centre), to the candle fronts. You can use buttons, or candle pins instead, in a shape of your choice.
3 pillar candles
A ribbed candle plate
A 5cm (2") wide length of corrugated cardboard, long enough to fit around each candle
Fasten a piece of corrugated cardboard around each candle with a length of raffia. Tie a knot. Attach the decorations, by threading the raffia ends through the holes, from the back, tying a knot in front, and then a small bow. Trim the ends.
Do it yourself, and turn a plain glass jar into a colourful candle holder. Quick, easy and creative, for when you need a non-floral centrepiece.
Fill the jar with colourful beads, leaving enough space on top to hold a candle securely. Stick a tight-fitting pillar candle into the top, resting it on the beads. Make a slightly-too-large candle fit, by holding the bottom in hot water for a minute, and inserting it carefully. Or carve to size, with a kitchen knife.
Decorate with braids and more glass ornaments. We used a 6x20cm (2.4x8") candle, and wound a plaited, silver braid around the jar's edge, suspending a clear glass heart from it, with silver thread.
Marbles, or any small glassy objects, with transparent, reflective qualities, also make good fillers.
Decorate a picnic table with vintage-style candle tins, and enjoy al fresco dining, with a difference. Collect food tins with old-fashioned designs, and create eye-catching centerpieces for casual indoor or outdoor get-togethers.
Know candle making? Fill the tins with candle wax, and a wick. Not familiar with candle making? Stick a tea light candle, or small votive candle, into the tin.
A simple, casual look. Perfect for a coffee table.
3 candles, in a colour of your choice. We used cup-shaped, wax container candles.
Bath crystals or coarse sea salt
Wood shavings (optional)
A long, shallow, oval or rectangular container with square, or slightly rounded corners.
Place the candle/s into your container. Sprinkle the crystals around the candles. Add some wood shavings or suchlike for a nice touch.
Square candles look fantastic grouped together, even in the most uncomplicated arrangements.
For a round table, place four square candles onto a glass or wax mosaic plate. Or line up three or more square candles in a sideways fashion on mirror tiles, for a long table.
Mirror tiles often have unattractive edges. You might want to cover them up, unless you can find mirror tiles with bevelled edges. Arrange wrong-way-up glass nuggets around the edges, to disguise them.
The V-shapes made by this sideways candle arrangement give you a great opportunity to arrange glass nuggets or beads in pretty patterns within and around them.
Diy candle holders, you can make at home. Ordinary aluminium tin cans make versatile candle holder centrepieces, suitable for informal occasions. We used wrapping paper with an operatic theme, but you can use absolutely any designs you like.
You'll need: tin/s; a sharp craft knife; wrapping paper; craft glue; a sponge brush; glitter, (optional); pillar or ball candle/s.
Proceed as follows: cut a piece of wrapping paper slightly longer than the circumference of your tin. Glue the overlapping ends together, with a (not-too-wet) sponge brush. Give the tin's edges a bit of sparkle, if you like. Pour glue into a plate, and spread it around with the brush. Pour glitter into another container. Dip the tin's edges into the glue, and immediately roll it around in the glitter.
Place a pillar candle into the tin...rest a ball candle on the lip...or turn the tin upside down, and rest a candle on it, etc.
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