SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2007
As the long summer days melt into balmy nights, ease the transition -- and extend the pleasure -- by dining outdoors under a private starry dome of twinkling candles. Hanging a set of miniature glass lanterns from your patio umbrella not only creates the effect of a magical chandelier, it also makes more table space for an inventively placed centerpiece.
- 12 glass jars or votive holders in different sizes
- Small S hooks
- Bundt pan or a gelatin mold
- Floral foam
Step 1 of 3
Collect a dozen glass jars or votive holders in different sizes, each with a wide top or a rim (as on jelly jars).
Step 2 of 3
Wrap wire around each top, and twist to secure. Bend another piece of wire into a loop, and attach as a handle. Cut varying lengths of chain, and attach a small S hook to the top of each. Slip hook over a spoke of your patio umbrella, and secure hook with adhesive putty. Attach another S hook to the bottom of each chain, and use it to hang the lantern.
Step 3 of 3
Use that pole in the middle of your patio table to your advantage. Use the hole in a Bundt pan or a gelatin mold to create a centerpiece the pole will slip through, leaving a ring of blooms all around it. (Of course, be sure the pole fits through the hole.) And unless your style runs to industrial modern, you may want to spray-paint the outside of the pan with an exterior high-gloss enamel. Use floral foam to keep the arrangement in place.