Candle and mirror centerpieces sparkle and beguile, and multiply that candle radiance a thousandfold.
Earthenware, terracotta and ceramic pots, vases, jugs and ewers make convenient country-style candle holders. Natural, or glazed, they come in an amazing array of shapes. Complete in themselves, they require no additional adornment. Insert a candle, and you've instantly created a complete centerpiece, you can proudly display in your home.
You don't need any special skills to put non-floral centrepieces like these together. An eye for colour and design helps, but basically you'll just indulge your own whims and fancies.
Here are some ideas, with pictures, for you to play around with:
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Infinity Glass Candle Holder with Two "Diamonds"
Candlelit illusions. Two diamond shaped tealight holders, with a mirror at the back, and a glass pane in front, produce an infinite number of candle reflections. A mesmerizing sight!
The 7 inch tall candle holder comes with smokeless tea lights.
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Venetian Mirrored Tray with Oil Reed Diffuser & Candles
Add a touch of class to your bedroom or bathroom. Tranquil scents, and candle lights, make bath time a luxurious pleasure. Lie in a relaxing bath, and dream away, with the help of the Serene Waters fragrance.
The cool, clean look of glass, and mirrors, gets a warm lift with the addition of brown accessories.
Comes with everything shown in the photo: the Venetian glass tray with chocolate brown bottom; clear glass candle holders; a clear reed diffuser, reeds, and scented oil, (the completeness of the set, added to the boxed presentation, makes this an extra-special gift).
Set of 36 Glass Cylinder Vases & 36 Ivory Pillar Candles
Simple centerpieces, with a multitude of possibilities. Here's an affordable solution for your bulk candle needs.
Each set consists of 36 sturdy, clear glass cylinder vases: twelve 6", twelve 7.56" and twelve 10.56" tall respectively.
36, 3-inch wide pillar candles, especially hand poured for the perfect fit, accompany the glass vases. With a wide variety of colors - black, white, ivory, pink, green, red, yellow, brown, orange, navy blue, purple, light blue, and lavender - you can coordinate these unscented candles with any of your wedding, or event, color schemes.
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Too many for your needs? Also available as a set of 3 glass vases and pillar candles
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.
A simple centerpiece, especially dramatic for night-time, or early evening 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), and 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.
Display 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.
Snow-white candles look spectacular on a blue-and-white plate. Delft plates are ideal, or any other hand-painted plates, such as the Spanish plate in the photo.
This vivid blue-and-white combination looks particularly striking when displayed on a wooden table. An ideal centerpiece for a coffee or dining room table.
Turn a plain glass jar into a colourful candle holder. Very easy to create, when you need a quick, informal 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.
Colourful, decorative tins containing biscuits, wafers, etc., make instant, informal hurricane candle holders. Once you've enjoyed the contents, of course!
Place a paper doyley onto a dinner plate, the tin in the centre, and a pillar or votive candle inside. Or, create a container candle, if you know candle making. Arrange edible goodies around the tin, (similar to the tin's contents), if possible. Place a few tealights in between, if more illumination is needed.
Hate the drippiness of candles? Don't we all! The hurricane nature of the tins make them ideal for outdoors. You can easily enjoy picnic-styled events, without the drips and smoking that make ordinary, outdoor-candle-burning such an unpleasant experience. Use citronella candles so you and your companions don't get attacked by pesky insects. And small votive glasses, instead of tealights.
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 tile edges don't look very good. 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.
This candle will be equally at home on a dressing table or as wedding center pieces. The silver pendants are inexpensively sold in large quantities at craft stores.
A cone-shaped candle
Tiny glass beads
Metallic, ornamental, silver pendants
A very thin embroidery needle
Pick up 15 or so glass beads with the embroidery needle. Thread them onto the cotton. Pick up one pendant, another 15 beads, and so on, until you have a beaded length long enough to go around the candle and rest easily towards the bottom of the candle. Encircle your candle, tie the ends firmly together, and cut off the straggly cotton bits as closely as possible.
Tin cans make great candle holders. Using a sharp craft knife, cut a piece of wrapping paper slightly longer than the circumference of your tin. Glue the overlapping ends together with craft glue, applied with a (not-too-wet) sponge brush. Decorate with ribbons.
Place a candle into the tin, on an upside down tin, or rest a ball candle on the tin's lip.
Vary the wrapping paper designs, and ribbon types, and you can adapt this centerpiece to almost any occasion.
Centre pieces don't come much simpler than these.
Arrange small, cut-glass dessert dishes lengthwise along your table (we used dishes 10cm (4") wide. Place a tealight in each one. Surround each tealight with brightly coloured glass nuggets.
Light up and enjoy the shimmering candle light.
Create an unusual centerpiece using decorative glass bottles, and candles. Fill the bottles with colored water. Insert a taper candle into each one.
Group bottles of varied shapes and sizes together, on a glass pane, candle plate, or platter, for a display that dazzles.
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Glass nuggets sandwiched between mirror tiles and a pane of glass give a jewel-like effect, with lit candles bringing it to life. Use round mirror tiles and glass panes, if you prefer.
A rectangular mirror tile, (or push 2 squares together)
A rectangular pane of glass
Coloured glass nuggets
Votive glasses and candles
Place the mirror tiles into position on your table. Arrange glass nuggets on the mirror. Place the glass pane onto the glass nuggets. Arrange the votive candle glasses on the glass pane.
In this centrepiece, wine goblets support a pane of glass holding candles.
At least 3 wine goblets
A glass pane, at least 30 cm (12") in diameter, and 4 millimetres (1/6th") thick
A variety of cone, ball and pillar candles
Place 3 wine goblets in a triangular shape, with spaces between them. Use more goblets for bigger glass panes, arranging them in a circle. Place a dab of Presstik onto each rim. Place the glass pane onto the goblets, pressing down gently, to make them stick.
Arrange candles on the pane of glass. Surround the candles with glass beads.
This Grecian urn candle is not the best-burning candle around, but it has a decorative appeal, suitable for a study, mantel or coffee table. Leave it unlit, as a decoration only, or place it in a container when burning, as these candles can be quite drippy.
Create a candle pedestal centerpiece with a terracotta, stone or Plaster of Paris column. You can find painted or unpainted terracotta pedestals or stone columns at nurseries or florists. The candle might not stand firmly on the column. Support it with a bit of melted wax or Prestik.
Do you enjoy painting? Decorate your own terracotta or Plaster of Paris column. Various craft stores keep the plaster pillars. Apply your own verdigris, antique, stippled or sponge-painted finish. This can look cheap and "homemade" if it is badly done, but very stylish if it's professionally done.