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Flower Votive Displays

Martha Stewart Living, July 2008

Flowers and candlelight are nothing new, but together they create tabletop decorations fit for relaxed summer entertaining. Place votive candles in tall glass vessels, and attach a flower (dahlias are shown here) outside each, trimming the stem to fit and tying with raffia that matches the flower. Set each display in a saucer of water to keep the flowers fresh.

Comments (19)

  • petal492000 3 Apr, 2014

    I tried this and LOVED it! So did everyone else!.. I gave all my guest one to take home..wasn't going to but, they kept asking for one so why not share? I love all of Marthas ideas. Haven't tried every idea ...yet... but I'm only 65 so I still have time.. :)

  • joeswife2 2 Aug, 2011

    Great idea. I also like the idea of using silk flowers if you have no fresh ones available. People who don't like the idea, it is real simple just don't do it.

  • PegHardt 25 Aug, 2010

    I used silk flowers to coordinate with bridal shower....looked great!

  • carabau 29 Jul, 2010

    Simply fantastic!

  • ToriR2 29 Jul, 2010

    Did anyone complaining about dead flowers actually try this idea? Worked great for me. I used a slightly deeper saucer, so as to hold - and not spill - a bit more water. Because of small children, I was careful where I placed them. The daisies looked great all evening (and we have LONG parties.)

  • PattiL 29 Jul, 2010

    In real life, this is a lovely, simple, and elegant idea. As shown, the flower blooms and stems will easily last and look great through a party.

    As far as "tippability" (my word - patent pending LOL) as long as the table itself is stable, I can't imagine a problem (with well-behaved guests, that is) ;)

  • bunnyandrosie 29 Jul, 2010

    This is the worst idea Martha's staff have ever put out. I an sure it looks pretty for a photo shoot, but in real life ......dead flowers.

  • ginashmalo 29 Jul, 2010

    I love this idea. I think it would be great for a simple table arangement at a wedding.

  • broadcreek 29 Jul, 2010

    Sorry.. This just looks like a bad idea for many reasons.. heat from candle, shallow saucer spills, bevel of stem, easy mobility of display.. .. and the overall effect? not so great Hmmm ... I can't believe you published this one..

  • SultanaDeanna 26 Jul, 2010

    This is really pritty, you could also use the colored pony tale elastic bands
    D Popcorn

  • akoekat 24 Jul, 2010

    Do you think the candle would make the glass container too hot and wilt the flower??

  • Souljurney 20 Jul, 2010

    What a fantastic idea wow....I'm always telling people how Martha's ideas look impressive but are really super easy and not too time consuming. This is another example....Thanks alot Martha

  • frogz60 29 Jul, 2009

    This would be beautiful on wedding reception tables! We just did my daughter's wedding in June, so weddings are still on my mind!

  • DutchKathy 8 Aug, 2008

    Perhaps this could be done with the lovely silk flowers that are in all craft stores.

  • grandma9 7 Aug, 2008

    I agree with this comment.

  • flowers2go 7 Aug, 2008

    very pretty, simple and modern BUT... please consider how HOT the candles will become, and the glass will also become very hot... thus KILLING and WILTING the flowers.. not sure how long they will look this pretty.

  • themequeen 4 Aug, 2008

    I love these but can not figure out the dimensions. Anyone have an idea the heigth and width?

  • Dagnee 3 Aug, 2008

    This is so simple yet so beautiful and elegant.

  • positivity4purpose 28 Jul, 2008

    This is a beautiful, simple and elegant idea. One look and I automatically knew where to purchase each small plate, glass cylinder, candle, ribbon and flower! Very nice!