Setting up for the Lenten Lights devotionals should be simple and stress-free. I would gladly give you a quick peek at how we’ve done it at our house, but the main computer’s main fan is going out, so it’s off until next week, and that’s the only computer with the camera software on it, and I don’t know where the disc is to install on this computer. So no picture. But trust me: the mantel is very tidy, and the candle holders look nice.
If you don’t happen to own a lot of candle holders (I don’t, generally), consider hitting the dollar store or thrift shop. My first choice was the thrift shop, because I knew I could find candle holders for $1 at the dollar store (odd how that works), so if I could find things for under $1 at the thrift shop, I ‘d be ahead. It took less than five minutes to find a small glass stick, and six small, narrow bud vases. (The shop had about 40 of these things, for 75c each, so I think someone was clearing out wedding reception decorations!)
I added seven honey-colored candles that smell like brown sugar. There may or may not have been a short but intense argument between Eldest and The Boy, over which pyromaniac would get to heat up the bases of the candles so they’d stick in the holders, and that argument may or may not have involved passionate discussion with regards to the merits and benefits of fire produced by
- Butane Lighter
- Very Small Blow Torch My Tall, Dark, and Slightly Neanderthal Husband Got At Harbor Freight For Some Reason.
In the end, Eldest won (because The Boy was having soooo much fun pulling out the kitchen sink, disconnecting the old faucet, installing a new faucet, reconnecting everything, stripping out the old caulking, scrubbing everything down, re-caulking and replacing the sink. It’s only fair. His newly-12yo Masculine Strength ripped the old faucet handle right off, necessitating the replacement. So, yes, I make my kids do the household plumbing repairs. This particular Minion also does minor electrical work, like updating plugs. He’s kind of useful.) and ultimately, she chose to use a match. Tame fire is good.
Of course, you don’t need official candle holders. Get creative and use something unexpected. (Creating your Lights display can involve the whole household.)
- Use mini terracotta plant pots, either plain or decorated (a bit of melted wax in the bottom will hold the candle steady. You might want to grab the bitty drip plates that often come with the pots).
- Stick candles directly to a platter or plate with a bit of melted wax (hit the thrift store for an “orphan” china plate or platter).
- Make a holder or holders from wood or from wooden finials.
- Mold holders from modeling, polymer, or salt dough clay.
- If you’d like to use the same candles from year to year, choose pillar candles, and decorate the sides with etching, decoupage images or natural elements (like wrapped raffia).
- Unify disparate candle holder styles with a coat of paint, or treat mis-matched metal or wooden candlesticks to a Rub-n-Buff re-finish (scroll down to see her sticks in “Patina”… I like Antique Bronze, myself. Find Rub ‘N Buff at the craft store.)
- Things don’t have to match at all; you could choose a variety of candle holders that reflect your thoughts on the theme for each day.
What other ideas for interesting candle holders do you have?