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Bottle Beauty

Martha Stewart Living, July 2006

Bars and buffet tables must be adequately lighted, but they're often located far from electrical outlets. An easy, inexpensive solution is to gather clear apothecary bottles and fill them with lamp oil and wicks. Arrange the bottles under a large hurricane for protection; we set these on a sturdy glass cake stand (make sure the bottles are evenly balanced on the stand).

 

Comments (14)

  • Always Annie 1209 20 May, 2014

    to the one asking if she/he can use the vase they just bought, you need to know that not all glass is impervious to heat. you need to make sure that if you put something inside the vase, that you are able to protect it from a buildup of heat. I would hate for your vase to explode in the area of guests.

    As far as what to use as a stopper in small jars, buy cork stoppers at a crafts store, make a decent size [filtered word], push your wick through and viola! you have a homemade lantern. Cork=not flammable.

  • Always Annie 1209 20 May, 2014

    to the one asking if she/he can use the vase they just bought, you need to know that not all glass is impervious to heat. you need to make sure that if you put something inside the vase, that you are able to protect it from a buildup of heat. I would hate for your vase to explode in the area of guests.

    As far as what to use as a stopper in small jars, buy cork stoppers at a crafts store, make a decent size [filtered word], push your wick through and viola! you have a homemade lantern. Cork=not flammable.

  • Alicia De Oliveira 4 Mar, 2014

    I bought a glass vase which is closed on one end. Can I use it for this purpose?. Do I still need the cake plate or can I place the vase with the bottles inside directly on my tablecloth?

  • bedlamite 17 Oct, 2012

    I understand the workings. But what keeps the wick from dropping inside the bottle?

  • Liz6584 3 Jul, 2012

    @EdensEvolution - Hurricane glasses are open on both ends.

  • EdensEvolution 16 May, 2012

    With no air getting inside, wouldn't the candles go out with an inverted hurricane?

  • annie7353 15 May, 2012

    I wouldn't bother with the oil and wicks; just use an assortment of candles held in place with the little adhesive "buttons" designed for candles. You could also try a hurricane or trifle dish instead of the separate stand and hurricane.

  • Connie2525 14 May, 2012

    Would it be dangerous to use wine bottles?

  • m4mccarthy 14 May, 2012

    Does anyone know where to find the large hurricane? I've looked everywhere.

  • pogue 13 May, 2012

    susanphila - wouldn't it be nice if important information like that was included? Some people just stuff a length of wick into the bottle so that the top of the wick protrudes for lighting. But this can be dangerous since the flame heat can make the bottle break. You can get both glass tube and ceramic wick holders at thewickstore.com. Look in the Candle Making Accessories section. Hope that helps.

  • susanphila 13 May, 2012

    It would be helpful to know what MS recommends for holding up the wick/covers the top of the apoth jars ...

  • cnharrison 2 Aug, 2008

    Hey Jimmyssugar - Would that article that you "clipped" out happen to explain how to make the oil lanterns in particular the stopper that holds the wick in place? Also where to get the hurricane lantern from? Thought it would be really cool as the centerpiece for our wedding that's coming up but can't find any information ANYWHERE!

  • mggs 17 Jun, 2008

    Where can I find THIS glass hurrican shade? I love it!

  • jimmyssugar 21 Feb, 2008

    This is a fantastic idea! I actually saw this in MSL Mag a couple of years ago and clipped the page to keep. Great for outdoor entertaining. Also a great way to bring a nautical feel to indoor decorating when that style of hurricane is used.