When you spot a pumpkin with a striking silhouette, make a candle in its likeness (above, left). Grouped together, pumpkin and gourd candles, along with walnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans make an eye-catching display.
A flotilla of apples bobbing in a steel tub evokes memories of childhood and headlong plunges into icy water. But carved into holiday candleholders, these apple votives are a prize for the eyes alone, their flames a promise of warmth.
One of the best sources for distinctive candles may be your own home. With a few easy-to-find materials, you can create an array of candles that are every bit as beautiful as any you'll find ready-made. This project is inspired by the charmingly irregular, free-form sand candles of the 1960s.