Give plain glass votives a trendy mercury glass makeover with mirror-effect spray paint. The antique-looking votives lend a sparkling glow to a table setting, mantel, coffee table — or anywhere. Easily make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Add personality to basic, clear glass votives by cutting paper world maps to size, wrapping them around the exterior and securing them in place with a bead of silicone or spray adhesive. For safety reasons, strictly use battery-operated candles instead of wax ones.
Natural Silestone tile dazzles in this lovely master bathroom. A raincan showerhead adds a luxurious element to the glass-enclosed shower, while the gorgeous tub is accented by 12 votive candles and an Oncidium orchid.
The built-in acrylic tub by Americh in the HGTV Dream Home 2010 master bathroom is surrounded by natural Silestone tile, as is the adjacent glass-enclosed shower stall. A 12-votive candle centerpiece dazzles on the countertop.
Colorful maps add a classic touch to glass vessels and votives. You'll need the following materials for this project: an assortment of glass votive candle holders and vases, scissors, maps, a pencil, a ruler or straight edge and double-sided tape.
Make even the most simple centerpieces stand out with a little washi tape, like wedding designer Michelle Edgemont did here. Select tape with pretty patterns and colors that match your wedding palette, then adorn bottles, votive candles, menus — anything that needs a jolt of style.
Hosting a holiday party this year? Line your walkway with these simple DIY luminaries. Fill clear glass or plastic vases with stones or sand and add tea lights or votive candles (we prefer the battery-operated kind). Finish each luminary with a cute yarn bow.
When she's not coordinating weddings or planning workshops, Miranda Crace of Detroit-based company Spoke Events often puts together beautiful tablescapes for styled photoshoots. Here, she's at work arranging votive candles and plates, with florals from Studio Terrain and calligraphy name cards from Plume & Proper.
Simple white votive candles create a linear centerpiece atop a honeycomb-patterned tablecloth in this formal dining room area. Large, detailed wood ceiling beams and a brick archway add drama to this luxurious space. The archway leads to an outdoor entertaining area that continues the Old World charm of the dining room.
Four dining room chairs in a houndstooth pattern upholstery are the visual standout in this transitional dining room. The decor and palette draw subtly on a '70s theme, with the gold and earth tones in the chairs' fabric set against a warm beige wall color, a metal frame table and votive candle centerpiece in amber gold, and wall art framed with a rich red border.
Designer Alice Cramer includes a soft and cuddly fur throw at the foot of the bed in this muted, grey-toned bedroom. As Cramer attests, the holidays don't have to be complicated. Use things you already have and just add the bling with seasonal touches. "Nothing prettier to a tabletop," says Cramer, "than simple glass containers of different sizes filled with cranberries, red berries, greenery and floating votive candles. Mix it in with silver service pieces filled with white flowers and various candlesticks." It's a look that works for a beautiful tabletop, or in accent tables in a guest room.
“An outdoor reception doesn't mean you have to let go of elegant elements. We used a mix of bistro lights and candelabras, as well as hurricane lamps and smaller votive candles for this garden dinner. The lighting only became stronger after sunset, creating a truly elegant mix of candle light, bistro lights and the natural light of the moon and stars." - Planner Adam Donovan-Groves, of Donovan-Groves Events. Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles, adds, "Tall, elegant candelabras towering over floral centerpieces create a dynamic feel to a table. Match the candlesticks to the floral vessel for maximum impact!" Florist: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Design.
“Instead of sticking to simple pillar candles for centerpieces, opt for mixing and matching," suggests Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles. "Select assorted stemmed glasses or votive holders for a fun, clean look that will add character to each table.” Floral design by Intrigue Designs.
To create a stylish centerpiece, fill a compote with water and whole limes, and tuck flowers – stripped of most stems – in amongst the limes. Pinecones, ornaments or fresh, colorful vegetables like artichokes and radishes also serve as sturdy anchors for blooms. In addition to candle-filled votives set casually on the table, succulents placed in water-filled votive cups make charming tabletop decorations.