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Candles seem to be a big part of any holiday celebration no matter where in the world you are. Each religion and each culture have their own ways of bringing light to the season. In Italy, candles are placed on the sills of windows to light the way for the Christ Child. In modern day England, candles that burn all through Christmas day without going out are believed to predict a year filled with good luck. Scandinavians place lit candles on graves to remember their loved ones during this special time of year. Candles also play a big part of holiday decorations here in the United States. Making unique candle holders is easy and here are a couple of our favorites. Remember, never leave candles burning unattended and make sure the votive candles are in a glass votive holder before using.

Forrest Candles

We love these simple, nature-inspired candle holders.

you will need

  • glass vases or hurricane holders
  • cut greens
  • spray adhesive
  • scissors
  • candles

directions

  1. Carefully clean the glass surface with window cleaner.
  2. Select flat pieces of greens (we cut ferns from a Thuja tree) and lay them out on a covered surface.
  3. Spray the flatter side of each piece with spray adhesive and wait a minute before placing it on the glass surface.
  4. Place each greenery piece on the outside of the glass leaving the bottom portion hanging down over the edge.
  5. Overlap as much as you like or leave sparse.
  6. Allow the piece to dry for about 10 minutes and trim the excess from the bottom of the glass.

Paper Votive Holders

This is an easy one for kids to help with but once again never leave candles burning unattended and make sure the votive candles are in a glass votive holder before using.

you will need

  • heavy craft paper in several colors
  • a decorative punch (available in any craft store)
  • glue
  • scissors

directions

  1. Cut strips of paper 3 1/2" x 12"
  2. Fold each strip in half and then fold each end to the inner crease to create four equal portions.
  3. Using the punch, punch your decorations into each section.
  4. Fold one end slightly over the other end and glue carefully.
  5. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  6. Insert a votive candle in a votive holder.