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Reef Centerpiece




  • Red spray paint
  • Branches
  • Glass vessels, votives, and vases
  • White paper
  • Masking tape
  • Japanese hole punch
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tea lights or candles


  1. Step 1

    A manzanita branch (from a dried-flower supplier) is shown, but just about any knobby branch can be used to make the faux red coral. Using red spray paint, cover a branch (or several), and let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Make the candleholder wrappers: Gather cylindrical glass vessels of varying sizes, including votive holders and vases. Measure heights and circumferences of cylinders; cut paper to corresponding sizes, adding an extra inch to circumferences.

  3. Step 3

    Lay paper on a flat work surface (to make multiples, stack several sheets and pierce them simultaneously), and secure with masking tape on short sides. Using the punch, make holes (of different sizes, if punch has feature that allows this) at even intervals. Wrap paper around a cylinder; secure with double-sided tape. Insert tea light or votive candle.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2007



Reviews (2)

  • MaryClaire7 29 Jul, 2012

    How about while the paint is still drying stick sea shells to the branches or glue them on after the paint dries?

  • Patti Debrow 3 Jul, 2012

    Why not get metal cans and spray paint them white, punch holes, put sand or rocks in to anchor them and a small votive candle?