How to Decorate Fireplaces With Pillar Candles

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How to Decorate Fireplaces With Pillar Candles
A pillar candle on the fireplace hearth adds interest to the decor. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Walk into a room with a fireplace and you immediately notice it. Fireplaces draw your attention and easily become the focus of a room, conjuring up images of bearskin rugs and warm, roaring fires. Yet you don't always need a roaring fire, especially during warm summer months. If you decorate your fireplace with pillar candles instead of wood, however, you can still achieve a warm, ambient glow from the candlelight without any heat.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pottery or other decorative items
  • Picture frames
  • Urn
  • Flower arrangement
  • Tree boughs
  • Pine cones
  • Heart-shaped picture frames
  • Stand-up cupids
  • Bird's nests
  • Easter baskets
  • Coloured eggs
  • Candy
  • Wood
  • Mirror
  • Black spray paint
  • Tin food cans
  • Pillar candle holders

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    Incorporate a fireplace mantel into your candlescape. Group three pillar candles to one side of the mantel and offset them by a collection of pottery, decorative items or several picture frames on the other. Make a linear candle display by placing pillar candles in a row, or place a large urn filled with flowers on the mantel and add a pillar candle to each side. If there is no mantel on your fireplace, you can move the design to the front of the fireplace.

  2. 2

    Design a seasonal fireplace decoration. Place tree boughs and pine cones on the mantel interspersed with pillar candles in Christmas colours, while Valentine's Day receives heart-shaped picture frames, stand-up cupids and pink, red and white pillar candles. Change the candles to pastel colours for Easter; place some in bird's nests and others in Easter baskets with coloured eggs and candy.

  3. 3

    Stack cut wood inside a non-working fireplace. Arrange pillar candles, in colours that complement your room, on the top and sides of the wood. Place some candles in front before lighting all the candles for a display.

  4. 4

    Insert a mirror inside your fireplace. Paint empty food cans black and stack them upside down inside the fireplace to create a design. Create different levels as you position pillar candles on the tops of the cans and on the fireplace's floor. The mirror will reflect the candlelight and give the appearance of more candles.

  5. 5

    Group three pillar candle holders on each side of the fireplace's opening. Place three pillar candles into the holders. Pick ones of different heights and colours for a more interesting design. Stand a mirror vertically behind the candles to reflect the light.

Tips and warnings

  • Arrange plants by the hearth next to the candles.
  • Install a mantel, if your fireplace does not have one, and give yourself more decoration options.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

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