Do you want beautiful flowers at your wedding reception or lovely candles? Why do you have to choose between the two? Maybe because you are limited to the amount of table space you’ll have? Maybe because the budget won’t allow both? Well, don’t choose between flowers and candles. Make one the same as the other and you’ll have gorgeous table decorations which look like flowers but are actually candles.
To make a candle bouquet choose the candles you want to use. Purchase ordinary votives or, even better, votives shaped like roses. You’ll often find the rose candles at dollar-theme stores or craft stores and they’re not expensive. A dollar-theme store sometimes sells the rose candles at two or three for a buck. The rose-shaped candles are nice for the bouquet but you can actually use any votives. Choose all white, pink, or red candles or mix the colors to make a different arrangement. Just make sure that the candles you choose are ones which do not have a wick weight on the bottom.
If you can’t find rose-shaped candles you can use implements from around your house to shape ordinary votives. Try using a craft knife, potato peeler or other instruments to shape the candle the way you want. Or, purchase candles with different shapes, like ball candles, to make the flowers.
Use wooden skewers or lengths of stiff wire to make the stems for the flowers. Wrap the skewer or wire with green floral tape, from one end to the other, but leave a couple of inches at one end bare. As you get to the top of the stick, lay a leaf against the skewer, and wrap the tape around the bottom of the leaf, and do this a couple of times to add two or three leaves to each candle flower.
Choose a vase for the flowers and push a piece of Styrofoam into the bottom for holding the flowers. Push a skewer or wire through the bottom of a candle and insert it about halfway into the candle. Push the opposite end of the wire or skewer into the Styrofoam of the vase.
You’ll achieve the best look for the bouquet if you snip the wires or skewers so that they are all different lengths. After arranging the bouquet of candles the way you want tuck a few extra leaves into the vase to fill it out more.
Set the candle flowers on tables at the wedding reception to add beauty and ambiance at the same time. The rose candles are the ideal choice for a simple wedding or an elegant one; on a big budget or a small one. You’ll love the gorgeous bouquets which are unique and very inexpensive to make.