Candles make Christmas magical. It is easy to create your own special candle holders to complete a special color scheme to suit a design for your home. The first time I did this was a couple of years ago, so the technique isn’t ground breaking news. Using a clean glass vase, a metallic mercury-glass-like effect can be made with only spray paint and some plastic wrap.
This glass is only 3” in diameter. I am using a mix of gold first, followed by copper for a more shimmery appearance. Bunch up (technical term) the plastic wrap, spray with a little paint (hence the gloves) and quickly dab on the glass in a random manner. Repeat, repeat…. I leave a paint free band on the top that I can use to grasp the glass. You want some overlapping blotches not smears so just tap the wrap against the glass. Then spray on some clean areas of plastic wrap and tap again.
Work around the glass and build up a mottled effect of color. Standing in a copper tray, the candle looks more prominent in the photo than in reality. Next I’ve used some 1” copper ‘wire’ (www.marshallfloralproducts.com) in an S-swirl as a holder for two dark red ornaments. The tops have been removed and water placed in the ornaments. The swirl holds the ornaments raised up in the deep container and keeps them from tumbling over. If you have a shallow tray and are putting water in the ornaments, use a narrower wire or just glue dots to hold the ornaments in place.
Lady S graciously and generously supplies me with a myriad of wonderful greens from her lovely gardens. The tiny holly grows by her front door and blooms in the autumn, thus has few berries. The beautifully yellow tipped – arborvitae – or at least arborvitae-looking, matches the flame of the candle.
Put anything with the candle. Above different tray, more stuff, less greenery (probably too much less!) Stand a Nutcracker next to the candle. Use a long container and line them up down the table. Anything goes!!