Ideas for floating candle holders

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    Ideas for floating candle holders

    There are many containers you can use for a floating candle holder. Floating candle holders are watertight vessels that hold water with small candles floating freely in the water. These candle holders make interesting and inexpensive decor items for any event. Wide bowls, tall vases, low dishes or individual glasses and saucers can all be dressed to house a floating votive or carved floating candle to make a centrepiece or side table accent.

    You can float a candle in any container that holds water. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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    Mirrored Elegance

    Large, clear glass bowls make elegant containers for a floating candle display. Make your arrangement even more dramatic when you place it on a plain or bevelled mirror. The light and water will reflect and dance off the mirror to create a romantic glow. You can use white candles and clear water or colour the water and candles to complement your decor. Adding fresh rose petals or other sweet-smelling flower petals to your piece adds interest and a light aroma to the room.

    Large bowls can be more dramatic when placed atop a mirror. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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    Tall Vases

    Take a more creative approach to a floating candle holder display by arranging a few tall glass vases in different heights on your table. This makes a modern combination of single candle floats. You can fill the vases with clear or coloured water or place objects in the bottom of the glass vases to match a party theme. Items like glass stones, seashells, beads or crystals can make your floating candle centrepiece even more interesting.

    Tall vases can also be used for single candle floats. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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    Tea Cup Centerpiece

    Create a centrepiece that can be taken apart and given as individual party favours at the end of your event by using small drinking containers for floating candle holders. You can use fancy English tea cups, ornate Chinese cups, shot glasses or crystal highball glasses to float individual, hand-carved rose candles. Place the containers in a ring at the centre of your table and add an inexpensive green plant like a fern in the middle of the arrangement to complete the centrepiece.

    Create a floating candle tea cup centrepiece. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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    Nature's Influence

    Borrow the colours and elements of nature to create a more rustic floating candle arrangement. Use earthen vessels like stoneware, hand-thrown pottery or carved wooden bowls for the base. Place dark rocks or colourful pebbles in the bottom of your bowl and float plain votive candles in metal containers. You can dress your display by adding a bamboo mat and greenery like fern leaves or tall grass to peek out from under the vessel to bring more of the outdoors inside.

    Borrow natural colours to create a more rustic floating arrangement. (Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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