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Decorating with Candles by Barbara Jennings

Think Outside

If you live in the part of the country that has mild temperatures, consider using lights and candles to create an impressive entrance. This is especially dramatic if you are hosting a party. Just make sure that everything you place that has a flame is in a very safe and secure area.

Dress Up Those Tea Candles

A great way to decorate is with those inexpensive tea candles. You can buy them in bulk in most candle stores, at IKEA, at bed and bath stores, even at Walmart. Take a few of them and glue some decorative ribbon around the base or place them in decorative holders. Spread them around for extra cheer or use them on tables or as part of your dinner decorations.

Make Your Window Sills Dramatic and Different

A grouping of candles all the same color on a window sill makes a stunning decoration and can be easily enjoyed by everyone from the curb as well. I live in a neighborhood that doesn't go all out with Christmas decorations, but still I like to come up with ideas that are different from the norm. Dressing up your windows can be easy and fun and it's a great place to use a little ingenuity. Pebbles from the garden are perfect to add a little something extra and serve as weights to hold the candles in place.

Groupings of Three

Changing up the idea above of candles on the window sill or on a mantel, try dividing your candles into groupings of three. Odd numbers always work best. For best results, vary the heights of the candles but not in any extreme difference. Add a little holly or some small branches from the tree, perhaps some artificial snow, and you've created a simple and inexpensive window or mantel decoration. But as always, be sure to place all candles in safe, secure places away from little hands or busy traffic lanes. I want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday, not a tragic one.

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Barbara Jennings
is the West Coast Pioneer in Redesign, author of 7 decorating books, a published artist, corporate art consultant, and furniture arrangement consultant. For training in professional furniture and accessory arrangement, or to start your own redesign or art consulting business, please visit:

Long tapers arranged like a floral in a bucket make an unusual and attractive decoration in this window.