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How-To: Create Festive Tabletop Votives

Recently, I came across this great, simple trick from Better Homes and Gardens for transforming a holiday Autumn table. For a beautiful twist on boring old votives, collect colorful leaves from your backyard or nearby park. Then, tie the leaves to the votive with ribbon, twine, or yarn. Voila! You have a no-cost centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Just be careful not to get any of the leaves close to the flame. While I do love the fiery reds of Autumn leaves, I don't actually think that I want them on fire.

For another votive idea,

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If you have some extra time, you can also decoupage leaves onto the votive's exterior. This will give the votive a frosted effect, and will illuminate the leaves.


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bento-barista bento-barista 8 years
This is an incredibly simply yet creative idea. I love it.
katie171 katie171 8 years
I like this! It's so easy and so effective! I like your idea too sundaygreen.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Cute idea, hopefully you choose appropriate sized leaves, no fires please!
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
One of the coolest things I did for a party was put votive candles in old glass jars (jam, peanut butter, olive etc) then I tied two pieces of string around the base of where the lid would screw on and hung them at different heights from the branches of a tree in my garden.
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