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Lacy Votive Holder

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




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.


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


  1. Step 1


    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.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2007



Reviews (5)

  • Stargazer_m85 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.

  • MomMomMatty 6 Feb, 2010

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

  • rareearth 6 Feb, 2010

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

  • cathydn 6 Feb, 2010

    Very pretty! You could use flameless candles.

  • lindadiana26 6 Feb, 2010

    is this not a fire hazard??