I can’t even remember the last time I bought a candle holder. Actually, I don’t know that I’ve ever bought a candle holder, come to think of it. And why would I? No need, when there are so many fun and functional freebies just lying around, ready to be upcycled into an eco-friendly fire display.
Truly, there are about a million and one ways to turn old odds and ends into new candle holders – with results ranging from the quirky to the elegant to the edible, and everything in between. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Bottles: Obviously, right? Wine bottles, beer bottles, soda bottles – these all make excellent stand-ins for a standard candle stick. I especially love old wine bottles topped with those candles that look white, but drip rainbow-colored wax. But any bottle will do, and any tall candle will do. These look especially pretty when grouped together in very large numbers.
2. Mason jars: Again, it’s obvious, but their charm is undeniable and I couldn’t not include them. Mason jars are perfect for votives or tea lights. They come in so many sizes which allows you to really customize your look. Also, try filling them half full with interesting objects like sand, pebbles, marbles, or brightly colored salt (easy to make, just salt + food coloring + time to air dry), and then placing the candle on top of the filling. You can also gussy up a mason jar by tying pretty ribbon around it – red gingham for a country feel, raffia for a luau, and on. If you're a good painter, or even an amateur, you can dress up a Mason jar by painting it.
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