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Luminarias & Party Lights

Functional and beautiful decorating tools, luminarias, and party lights set a charming scene and express a sense of style -- perfect for lighting the way to your front porch or adding a warm ambience to a backyard soiree. Illuminate your home with autumn luminarias or party lights made of silk flowers, paper bags, and other materials.

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Lively clip-art decals turn ordinary store-bought pillars and matchbox covers into festive gifts. For a pretty package, anchor the candles on glass coasters, pair with a matchbox, and tie each bundle neatly with ribbon.

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These rectangular, fabric-covered glass candleholders call for a clear-drying glue sealant like Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage which is suitable for outdoor use. The adhesive requires significant drying time, so allow a couple of days for this project. Use tiny scissors (needlepoint ones work well) to cut the cotton voile. If the fabric frays, spray it with starch and press before cutting.

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What holiday window, mantel, or table is complete without the inviting glow of candlelight? A collection of winter-themed pillar candles or softly scented votive candles is a gift that will make any host beam. And creating -- or just embellishing -- them at home saves money and allows you to customize the color, design, and scent for every person on your list.

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Transform basic pillar candles with strips of beeswax and a simple under-and-over weave. Beeswax sheets come in a range of colors. We found that using natural shades of beeswax and a darker candle, such as pumpkin-colored ones, give a particularly pleasing result. We also experimented with strips of different widths and other weaves and found that the measurements below mimic a basket weave best.