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Candle Slipcovers


  1. Step 1

    Coat natural-fiber fabric scraps, such as cotton or linen, with spray starch, and iron them.

  2. Step 2

    Once the fabric is stiff, cut out a rectangle big enough to wrap around a candleholder, allowing a slight overlap where the ends meet.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap around the holder, and join fabric ends with a piece of double-sided tape.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2004

Reviews (17)

  • thatgirlishere 24 Apr, 2013

    I used larger glasses, filled with a little water and set in some flowers. Then gave them to the guests as party favors.

  • pape 4 Apr, 2011

    use battery opertated candles

  • RachieJo 1 Jun, 2009

    ekamph, my thoughts exactly! Also how many times have you found a cute piece of fabric and don't really know what to do with it? I also suspect that some of the people who comment here are the reason that there are warnings not to leave candles unattended and while burning and that their coffee may be too hot in the cup.

  • Cat_K 27 Oct, 2008

    It's on the outside of the glass, not the inside so it's okay, and if your nervous, then go with a bigger candleholder and a tealight, the effect is still cool, but there's no way that there's enough heat to cause problems.

  • florenceTZ 3 Oct, 2008

    No, it's fine, the flame is too small to start a fire.

  • Crafts_Rookie 22 Sep, 2008

    I guess I feel the same about paper or cloth and fire... But they do look nice!

  • thespicycheforg 8 Sep, 2008

    I am not comfortable with paper around fire. Anybody else? For me this is not such a good thing.

  • HeatherJo811 11 Aug, 2008

    I had some fabric that was too thick to let much light through. My solution: I scanned the fabric and printed the pattern on paper. This gave me the same option but more light from the candle becaue of the thinner paper.

  • glorybees7 14 Apr, 2008

    Is there a possibility the fabric could catch fire?

  • ljostotts 4 Mar, 2008

    Paper is already stiff...therefore it doesn't need the starch.

  • orsiko 29 Feb, 2008

    would the spray starch work also on handmade paper?

  • Stephleph 29 Feb, 2008

    I'm always looking for new ideas, as I decorate my church's hall for dinners, etc. This one looks like a great idea...can't wait to try it! =)

  • MrsSWO 28 Feb, 2008

    Great craft idea - but yo, helenmastache, please enlighten me on how having too many candles would cause someone to buy a bigger house thus increasing thier carbon footprint. Are you drinking Al Gore's Kool-ade?

  • mrbct 28 Feb, 2008

    Maybe this is an opportunity for someone with limited resources to create a gift that they can be proud of presenting. Granted, there are many examples of wasted time and disturbed priorities in our culture Among them I would mention people leaving what they consider to be pithy comments online.

  • suzanneswarner 28 Feb, 2008

    Cute! I like it, and when you get bored of the look, you can just change it up!

  • Helen EMM 28 Feb, 2008

    This little trick would take less than 10 minutes, and is good for the planet, because you can easily change the look of plain glass candle holders for different seasons or events without having to buy many different candle holders. If a person was compelled to buy different candle holders for every occasion, they would probably be compelled to buy a larger house just to store them, and that would increase their carbon footprint considerably. I see all sorts of advantages to this Good Idea!

  • ekamph 28 Feb, 2008

    Wow! I didn't know that some people have so little to in their lives that they feel the need to criticize a craft idea. If you don't likedoing anything crafty then why are you even on this website. Obviously it is not the site for you. I find the idea very interesting because now during holidays instead of packing away your regular decor you can work it into your holiday decorating with finding fabrics that will go with that holiday.