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Origami Votive Wraps

Light shines through these thin paper sheaths, creating a gorgeous glow.

Created By: Johnny Miller/Brown Bird Design




  • 5 1/8-inch square origami paper
  • Votive candleholders
  • Double-sided tape


  1. Step 1

    Place origami paper facedown, and set a votive candleholder in middle. Stick a piece of double-sided tape near each corner. 

  2. Step 2

    Fold up 2 opposite corners, and adhere to votive candleholder. Repeat with other corners. You will have 4 flaps. Fold 2 flaps in (toward each other), and tape on the undersides.

  3. Step 3

    Fold other 2 flaps in, and tape.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2009



Reviews (9)

  • myla08 3 Sep, 2010

    I have to agree, strongly, with the people who are concerned about fire. We, recently had a terrible fire, near us, that was started by a candle in a glass holder, that jumped up and set some fabric ablaze. It is dangerous to use anything inflammable near a candle. This idea may be pretty, but you wouldn't want to use it. Even if 9 out of 10 times, nothing happens. The 10th time can be tragic!!!! And, I hope the M.Stewart organization reads this, too,.

  • tlklempel79 31 Aug, 2010

    These would also make cute treat cups! And since you wouldn't need the luminescence quality of origami paper, you could use pretty and less expesive scrapbook papers.

  • daisygirlatx 27 Jul, 2010

    @geekygrandma-Even though you're using votive holders, I'd use tealight candles or LED candles so you don't have to worry about starting the paper on fire.

  • geekygrandma 11 Aug, 2009

    These are really cute and could be used for all sorts of occasions depending on the paper used. However, I am very wary of using any type of paper around or near any candle or flame such as this. Sometimes candles flare up or if the wick gets too long the flame gets too high -- I don't know if I would want to try this the way it is described - just my 2 cents----

  • SookieMama 10 Aug, 2009

    @ Gomamma - Origami is a thin type of paper so that the light can shine thru. Origami paper is expensive for a few sheets. You can also use vellum for this

  • Christine56 9 Aug, 2009

    What a great easy way to dress up tables for a party! I'll be doing this one soon.

  • nicoletomi 8 Aug, 2009

    Seems pretty straigt-forward to me.

  • gomamma 8 Aug, 2009

    These instructions are ridiculous. They make no sense and why would you call the Origami when you use tape.

  • DavidRush 8 Aug, 2009