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Votive Candle Ideas

Votive candles make versatile and affordable table decorations for weddings, bridal showers, and anniversary parties. Gather them up after the celebration and use them again at other events, or give them as take-home favors. Here we have used votive candles in a number of elegant ways.

Materials and Tools:
Style 1. Votive Candle Favor

Votive candles make simple and useful wedding favors as they are easy to make and guests can take them home and enjoy them later. Place a votive candle in a glass cup then put it in an organza, drawstring bag and add an accent ribbon. Place one at each place setting or set them in a tray for guests to take as they leave your reception. You can accent them with name and date tags if desired.

Style 2. Floral-Themed Votive Accents

Here we mixed and matched votive cups for a romantic garden themed table. We used faux flowers, you can also use real ones, and added water for a life-like effect on the left cup. On the second cup, green silk leaves were held in place with a dot of hot glue. A length of 1/4" satin ribbon was then tied around them to keep them secure. (Important note: The heat of the candles will melt the hot glue. You have to use ribbon in this design to keep the leaves from falling off). You can customize the flowers, leaves and ribbon to compliment your wedding colors.

Style 3. Votive Candle in a Beach Centerpiece

In this design, we placed a votive cup and candle in a beach-themed centerpiece. First, partially fill the vase with sand. We used a 5-inch fishbowl vase. Second, place the votive cup and candle into the sand. Third, add shells and starfish as desired.

Style 4. Rose Petal & Candle Runner

For this table setting we left the cups plain and surrounded them with silk rose petals. This creates an elegant "runner" down the center of a long table. For this look, use approximately 200 rose petals for every 3-feet of "runner". Note: For a round table, simply gather the petals and candles in the center of the table.

Style 5. Votive Candle Placecard Holders

This design can also be used as a favor, but more importantly acts as a place card holder for your guests. Simply tie on the name tags with pretty ribbon and you're done!

Style 6. Surround a Centerpiece

Votive candles look great around a floral centerpiece.

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