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When I heard that a rustic-meets-elegant table setting was part of the plan for our holiday party, the first project that popped into my mind was DIY mercury glass votives. I love the timeworn look of the mirrored finish and have been wanting to try out a little trick I know for recreating it with just 2 materials: looking glass spray paint and a spray bottle filled with water. Yep, that’s it, this project is as simple as that – just 2 materials and 2 steps you repeat a few times till you’re happy with the mirrored finish.

But the finished votives don’t look super simple — their subtle mercury glass interiors lend an elegant sparkle to our holiday table:Easy to Make Mercury Glass Votives

Ready to make your own? Get crafting with all my tips and complete step-by-step instructions>>

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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If there’s one thing my frequent estate/garage sale forays has taught me,  it’s that no one need ever pay full price for a candle. Ten bucks for a pillar candle? What?! I can’t remember the last time I shelled out more than $1 for one. The only downside to purchasing secondhand candles is that they’re often dented, scratched or are a color that won’t work with your decor. No worries, a little hot glue and twine will cover up a world of sins.

I recently picked up some bargain candles at an estate sale in Knoxville before heading down to my sister’s work-in-progress beach house. I had some jute twine and furniture webbing left over from other projects so I decided to give these 3 thrifted candles a quick beachy makeover — et voila:  coastal twine-wrapped candles

Pretty, huh? I paid $2 for the 3 candles and, as I said, all the other materials I already had on hand — but, if I had to buy them, this would be a $10-$15 project.  They fit right in with our other beachy bargains:coastal twine-wrapped candles

I know people will ask about fire safety for obvious reasons — twine and upholstery webbing are flammable. First, as with any candle, you shouldn’t leave it burning without supervision — but — I’ve done variations of this project (covering pillar candles in paper, ribbon, bark and even paint) many times and never had a problem. The key is to choose a pillar candle wide enough that the wick burns down the center leaving a wax shell. Don’t try this technique on a narrow pillar or taper candle.


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Yard sales, flea markets — your very own drawers and cupboards: brass candlesticks can be found just about anywhere at anytime. They are boring. Bo-ring!

But, look at how you can turn those brassy messes into something unique and colorful. Spray paint those babies! For a cool, cohesive look, try matching candles to the candlestick colors.


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HGTV Magazine gives you the simple how-tos.

You’re tempted to dig out those tired brass candlesticks now, aren’t you?

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SoyDeliciousWelcome to the first Freebie Friday of March.  Post a comment with a valid email address before 12/11c, Monday, March 8, to be entered for a chance to win.

This week’s Freebie comes from Soy Delicious, makers of 100% pure soy candles.  Maggie and Georgette are committed to making an eco-friendly product in every way – from their dye-free wax to the lead-free wicks.  Even the glass jars are reusable for your favorite beverage once you’re done with candle. Their fragrances are spa worthy – from Dulce de Leche to Tahitian Orchid.

The winner this week will receive their choice of one full-sized candle along with one of their sugar scrubs. This was the same gift they gave out at The Grammys back in January!  Take a look at some of the celebs that visited them.

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Sometimes I daydream about living in a time before electricity when people read and dined and worked by candlelight. A simpler time that, to me, seems quite romantic. This Thanksgiving, I’m certainly thankful for much of what modern society provides, but I’ll be celebrating the season like our ancesters did – in low light. And with days now shorter, it is the perfect time to stay in, snuggle up in a warm throw and begin planning for the holidays! Make sure you put a new candle or two on your list. Because I think everything is a little warmer, a little more romantic in candlelight. Don’t forget about the candleholder. There’s some great ones available this season.

If you appreciate the artistry and personal touch found in one-of-a-kind handmade pieces, check out — “Your Place to Buy and Sell All Things Handmade.” I love this Web site that has everything from art to clothing to stationary to housewares. Support an artist and perhaps even get inspired to create something yourself.

The Glass Blossom Candleholder made by Jellybug Artworks and ideal for small candles and tealights can be customized in various colors. This vintage Verdigris Metal Mouse Candleholder is sure to delight kids of all ages. The mouse’s tail becomes the candleholder.

If mass produced is more your style, these candleholders and accessories by Horchow are sure to make your Christmas a little more merry.

Clockwise, top left: If red and gold is a favorite holiday color scheme, the Ball Candleholders with burnished gold accents and gold tapers are a must.
If silver is more your thing, Swarovski crystals give the Snowflake Candle that extra special sparkle. For some whimsy and fun, how adorable is the Krinkles Reindeer Candelabra?
When the festivities are complete, don’t just blow out your candles. Snuff them out with this brassplated Reindeer Candle Snuffer.

No holiday tablescape is complete without candlelight. And you can’t go wrong with crystal. This set of Vera Wang crystal holders are from the designer’s Duchesse collection available at Macy’s.

Any special ways you decorate with candles during the holiday season? What are your favorite holiday accessories?

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