Easy Sand Candles

Pay tribute to the Stars and Stripes (emphasis on the stripes).

Easy Sand Candles

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2003


Red, white, and blue bands of sand dress up votive candles to make flickering lights that are cheerful and fun. Designing a candle is as simple as pouring layers into a glass. Make several, and create a patriotic centerpiece to coordinate with china or linens for outdoor dining.


  • Sand

  • Votive candle

  • Drinking glass

  • Clear glass vase or jar

  • Funnel


  1. Fill a clear drinking glass with enough sand so that a votive candle placed on top falls just below the rim.

  2. Set the glass inside a clear glass vase or jar.

  3. With a funnel, fill the gap between the two containers with layers of colored sand, using enough to reach the rim of the drinking glass.


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