How to make chianti wine bottle candles

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How to make chianti wine bottle candles
Wine bottle candles can add ambience to a special dinner. (wine image by sasha from

If you are planning a romantic dinner for your significant other, you can add ambience to the room by setting out Chianti wine bottle candles---a full-bottomed wine bottle with a tapered candle dripping wax down the bottle's sides. Instead of buying a premade wine bottle candle from a home decorating store, you can make your own Chianti candle by following a few directions to ensure that a standard tapered candle will adhere properly inside the opening of the bottle.

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Things you need

  • Chianti wine bottle
  • Beeswax taper candles, 1 inch wide
  • Lighter or long match

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  1. 1

    Rinse out the inside of the Chianti wine bottle and place it on a tabletop or other flat work surface. Allow the inside of the bottle to dry.

  2. 2

    Hold a flame from a lighter or match over the bottom of a 1-inch-wide taper candle until the wax softens and melts slightly.

  3. 3

    Insert the melted end of the candle into the Chianti bottle.

  4. 4

    Twist the candle slightly to push it more deeply into the bottle.

  5. 5

    Light the wick of the candle and let it burn until wax drips down the sides of the Chianti bottle. Carefully blow out the candle.

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