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Project

Lacy Votive Holder

Handmade lace votive holders make lovely decorations for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.

Introduction

Create sturdy candleholders from lace saturated with fabric stiffener. Fitted with tea lights in glass containers, these luminarias can be positioned alone or in groups around a room or along a mantel for instant ambience.

Materials

  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Balloon
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric stiffener

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Cut lace into a rectangle in the desired size. Trim one of the long sides, which will be the top of the votive holder, following the lace's motif. Sew across the bottom with a loose running stitch and connect the 2 ends. Pull the thread, gathering the bottom into a tight circle, and knot. Whipstitch the short sides together.

  2. Step 2

    Place a balloon inside the lace, and then blow it up to fit the lace's dimensions. Set the balloon upright in a paper cup so the lace form is upside down. Arrange the gathered lace to create an even bottom. Spray with fabric stiffener until saturated. Let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Pop the balloon.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 2007

Reviews (5)

  • 12 Jan, 2011

    You could also use small doilies, try coloring them with acrylic paint in festive Valentine's day colors, I used fabric stiffner in the bottle for doily snowflakes for Xmas and that worked great.

  • 6 Feb, 2010

    The description at the beginning says "Fitted with tea lights in glass containers".

  • 6 Feb, 2010

    If you use a glass holder inside it sould be safe...

  • 6 Feb, 2010

    Very pretty! You could use flameless candles.

  • 6 Feb, 2010

    is this not a fire hazard??