Candles Aren’t Just For Birthdays

I absolutely love candles in my home.  I love the scent, the glow, the whole ambience that candle light gives off.  One of the few good things about these long dark evenings, is to cosy up on the sofa with a nice glass of wine and the soft glow of candle light casting shadows on the walls.

There are countless and imaginative ways to display candles in your home, from glass hurricanes to tea lights; tapers to lanterns.  You can choose traditional candlestick holders or make your own using pieces of wood; tea cups; or even wine glasses.  The only difficulty is deciding what to choose!

Learn how to make this cute candle in a tea cup from the folks at The Kid Craft Project

Hurricanes are a great way to display your arrangement.  They come in lots of shapes and sizes and the glass creates a beautiful reflective glow.

For a symmetrical balanced look, place one either end of a console table or mantelpiece.

Add fillers for added effect.  Use pebbles or sand or add seasonal elements such as snow at Christmas or nuts at Halloween.  Just make sure to use an inflammable material.

Basement Bathroom contemporary bathroom
Coastal Family Room  family room

Winter Tablescape traditional dining room

Fall Coffee Table - Candle Idea traditional family room

There are countless ways to display your candle arrangements, just let your imagination take over!  But the general rule of thumb when displaying in groups is to use different heights to add interest.  And odd numbers work best.

A single row of candles on a long dining table creates a stunning effect.

Clear Bottle Candle Holders — i do it yourself™

Here wine bottles have been used for ultra chic ultra cheap effect.

And how about this for multi purposing?

A cup cake tin used as a candle holder.  Vintage Chic!

I love the effect of these tea lights set into this stone wall.

Candles are a great way of creating atmosphere and are a very cost effective way of providing mood lighting.  They are also great for adding interest to an otherwise boring space in a room.  And of course are cheap and easy to replace on a whim.

Are you a candle lover? How do you display them in your home?  [Images from]

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  1. Great post with wonderful ideas! Love the teapot candle, so cute 🙂

  2. Couldn’t agree more! LOVE having candles, they make the place so cosy.

  3. I do love them too 🙂 There’s nothing more relaxing in the evening than few candles around the house here and there.

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