Using household items as candle containers allow you to keep sentimental items that you might not want to use according to their original purpose. Give new life to your spouse’s coffee mug or your grandfather’s ashtray, and you’ll keep memories alive. Restore them as candle containers and holders. You’ll discover a new allure to them that you, your family, and your guests will appreciate. Here are the top 15 candle holder ideas you can find at home:
Apothecary jars are the classic favorite. The glass walls allow the candle’s beauty and light to shine through unobstructed. Decorative lids transform a simple decorative piece into an object of elegance. They can also handle extreme heat, which makes them great candle containers. Pressure canning jars make great affordable alternatives, and their tin lids are easy to customize.
When you want to switch out our old tableware for a new set but not waste anything, a good idea would be to use them as décor around the house. Use a bowl as a base for a freestanding candle or a container for water and a floater candle. Then place rose petals around. Now you have a romantic centerpiece for your coffee table for movie nights with your significant other.
These items alone are lovely so they don’t need much. Floaters in water with pieces of foliage and flowers around it look best but you can also use it to hold self-supporting candles. You can also use champagne flutes and water goblets. However, they’re not advisable for container candles because extreme temperatures will break crystal and the type of glass commonly used to make them.
Many crafters are talented in finding ways to place candles in the middle of wine bottles, along with other decorative elements, while keeping the vessel intact. However, professional levels of skill aren’t always necessary. Cut the glass bottle with a glass bottle cutter for easy access. Do it cleanly in half or at an angle, depending on your design.
Cups and Mugs
These everyday items tell a lot about a person, from their aesthetic taste to their personality to their morning routine. Cups and mugs come in numerous designs and sizes so they offer a window to knowing another person. They’re a common source of nostalgia and should be preserved…as a candle container of course.
You’ve got endless options in style and theme to match your preferences. Plant pots are great for unifying the indoor with the outdoor by bringing some of the outdoor in. They’re also great for making outdoor candle holders that would go with the outdoor surroundings and not stick out like a sore thumb.
Still have some you used at your wedding or from a friend’s setup? More organizers are turning to them, not to hold just flowers, but candles as well. It’s a smart way to level up the romance at a fraction of the original cost if they were to be filled with flowers as well. Fill them with water and floaters as well as foliage and petals.
Pumpkins and Fruits
Here’s a great idea that would get you through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holiday season. While you’re thinking of carving out a few pumpkins for jack-o’-lanterns, consider using a few small ones as candle containers for your tables and counters.
Either use them as a base for freestanding candles or use candles of the same height as the pumpkins so the flame dances just above for a magical but eerie vibe. Do the same with apples, oranges, and other similarly shaped fruit for other seasons.
Your outdoor area can be as romantic as indoors. If planters are good for small plants, why not candles? Position the candles in between the plants. Keep the candles small with a good amount of space. Ideally, the plants are small, don’t bend with the wind, and don’t have long leaves that would risk creating a fire. Hold the candles firmly in place with rocks. Doesn’t that porch look just lovely?
For a grittier, New York feels, or just more ways to stoke that outdoor-loving part of you and bring it with you in your home, use bricks. They work similarly to planters. For bricks with more than one hole, you can place a plant in one. Add a succulent for a Mexican theme and tada—you’re ready to host taco nights!
These complement the pipes and minimal color of an industrial theme. Instead of keeping spaces and walls bare, choose the pieces that would be appropriate such as this, and repurpose them into something else entirely. Turn them upside down and stick a thin candle through the metal shaft. Run a flame along the sides of the candle to melt it slightly before placing it inside. Wait for it to set.
Gorgeous and a well-loved choice for candle holders, lantern designs range from Eastern to Victorian. No matter which you choose, it still remains one of the most beautiful options. Because lanterns with lit candles are a charming sight on their own, you don’t need to do more. Keep it as is and you can hang them, place one on either side of the front door, or line the patio with them.
For fire safety and prevention, avoid using wood as a candle container on its own. Always partner it with another like glass that keeps the wood from getting burned by the flame and heat. Mask it with the wood and carve on the outside to personalize it. This would make an interesting wedding or house warming gift. Keep it in plain sight when the candle is lit.
Almost anything can be passed down, including platters. Preserve these heirlooms and restore them to their original elegance. Metal platters that once were in their prime, serving cocktails at parties, can be given a retouch and used as a handsome tray for pillar candles. Lay a string of pearls on the platter and gold balls for a ball-themed celebration. Your family would be proud.
Not sure where to look? Hearts & Crafts has a wide array of candle tins you can choose from! Take your pick from our selection of colors and finishes. Gone are the days when we stuck to the plain and shiny gray. Spice it up with different shades of wine, gold, and teal. They’re easy to maintain, can handle high temperatures, and are a treat for the eyes, making them great candle containers.
Candleholders were once pretty standard. You only used those specifically made for the purpose and using jars or the like were seen as marks of poverty. It’s no longer the case. The more out-of-the-box you can get, the more likely it’s going to be a work of art. As long as you remember to keep it safe from fires for everyone, let your imagination soar and keep making candles!