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Leaf-Covered Candleholder




Even in summer, when entertaining takes a turn for the laid-back, the table decorations can still be inspired. Wrap glass candleholders in textured plant leaves (you can use hostas and, for some stripes, calathea), and your meal will have the feel of the tropics, no matter your latitude.


  • Glass candleholders
  • Hostas
  • Calathea
  • Craft knife
  • Double-sided tape
  • Raffia or twine


  1. Step 1

    With a craft knife, cut a strip from a large, sturdy leaf equal to the height of the glass candleholder.

  2. Step 2

    Attach the strip to the glass using double-sided tape.

  3. Step 3

    Overlap the strips until the surface is covered. For a nice finish, tie a length of raffia or twine around the candleholder.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2007



Reviews (12)

  • MelissaTorre 8 Feb, 2012

    How long before they dry out? How long before the event do you recommend putting these together?

  • cocoisa 14 Aug, 2010

    Maravillosa idea, muchas gracias.

  • princess_mommy 18 Jul, 2009

    i love that idea that is so cute

  • thrifty_teen 24 May, 2009

    if you don't want to use jars because of lip where you twist on the lid, you could visit your local dollar store and get shot glasses or glasses of different heights. Some places even sell everything for a dollar! (in Canada, try EFADS)

  • cutehousedesigner 3 Jul, 2008

    So simple Great,awesome, and FABULOUS IDEA!!!!

  • mallo 19 Jun, 2008

    Earthy and elegant but more importantly simple. All materials in your back yard.

  • praline 9 Jun, 2008

    You can also use Baby Food jars. Contact a local daycare.... they might even wash them for you. I use baby food jars all the time. MUCH CHEAPER - recycling!

  • TriciaJay 9 Jun, 2008

    neat idea!

  • Pucho 9 Jun, 2008

    Lovely idea! Easy but still very unusual and attractive!

  • LindenBlossom 8 Jun, 2008

    What a fabulous idea for a summer garden party or a more formal bbq.

  • Sparkle_me_Magic 7 Jun, 2008

    This is a great idea ! Paint some lady bugs and clear varnish and you will have for ever...I did this to some photo albums yrs ago with recycled news paper and leaves..this you can do with many thing..Lots of fun..Good project!!!

  • Anna_Marie 7 Jun, 2008

    These are really pretty! I love the variegated one. Thanks for the beautiful and easy idea. Many of my hosta leaves get brown on the tips or "sampled" by buggies! This is a great way to prolong the enjoyment of some of the damaged leaves.