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Decorate with Candles

Postby HighHeelKitchen » Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:36 pm

Decorate with Candles
Candle wax cleanup: Where there are glowing candles, there can be some dripped wax. Colored wax, especially red, can cause stains. To remove hardened wax from washable fabrics, carefully scrape the excess with a knife. Place the stained fabric between several layers of white paper towels. Press with a warm (not hot) iron, replacing paper towels as wax is absorbed. If the spot remains, place the stained side down on whole paper towels; sponge the unstained side with cleaning fluid. Launder the cloth as usual. If any stain remains, do not put in dryer. Repeat the cleaning fluid process; apply liquid or spray laundry stain remover and wash with appropriate bleach.

Place candles in the freezer for a while before lighting. They will burn more slowly and drip a lot less.

Brighten an adult's dessert plate with soft candle glow by using the small candle holders designed to clip onto christmas tree branches. Insert a candle and clip to each dessert plate and light the candles just before serving for a sparkling, festive touch.

Red apples can be made into candle holders by cutting holes in them with an apple corer or paring knife. Insert candles and tie colorful ribbons around them.

Candle arrangements in unusual containers can be creatively unique. Use items you have around your home. Try votive candles in fluted molds, saucer type champagne glasses, muffin pans or on inverted clay flower pots in clay saucers; surround with brightly colored ribbons, jingle bells, small shiny tree ornaments or pine cones. Florist clay or candles "stickem" can be used to secure the candles.

Winter wonderland: Candles can be used to create an illusion of moonlight on snow covered boughs. Place white or ivory candles of various heights in glass holders. Group and surround them with snow-flocked evergreens. Intertwine metalic colored ribbons around candle holders. Use crystal angles or trees for a touch of fantasy. For a doubly beautiful effect, arrange grouping on a mirrored background to catch and reflect the light.

Paper-Bag Luminaries: Can be made using small paper bags, plain or colored, sand and votive candles. Bags can be decorated by cutting out holes with scissors or paper punches, but make sure they are small so that the wind cannot put the candles out. Fold top of each bag down about 2" for added strength. Put about 2" of sand in each bag. Place candle in the center of the bag, making sure it does not touch edges; light the candle. Place 3-6' apart on edge of sidewalks, driveways and steps. Do not place near dry leaves or shrubbery.

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