How to decorate votive candles

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Everybody uses votive candles to light up a party. But interior designer Libby Langdon shows us a quick, easy, and beautiful way to take a simple votive candle and dress it up for the holidays.

How to decorate votive candles Votive candles add a warm holiday glow to your home. Here are some simple ideas to decorate your own holiday votive candles.

  • A small clear votive glass works fine, but for something different use a clear cocktail-sized glass.
  • Secure a sheer-colored ribbon around the glass with a small piece of clear tape.
  • Next, tie a piece of twine (or even another ribbon of a different color) around the glass over the first ribbon. Secure it with a knot.
  • Find a piece of greenery from your yard, like a spruce of holly with berries, and insert a small piece into the knot.
  • Light your holiday votive candle and you're all finished.
Transcript LISA: I'm Lisa Birnbach for howdini.com. Votive candles are a beautiful way to light up your home for the holidays. Interior designer Libby Langdon has some wonderful ways to dress up your votive candles.

LIBBY: These are very simple. Um, just a plain drinking glass, a little rocks glass-

LISA: Uh-huh.

LIBBY: There are different ways you can do it. I love the sheer ribbon. By using a sheer ribbon it still let's that light go through. And what you're going to do is just secure the ribbon with a little piece of tape-

LISA: You know what's nice also, when you do this, although it's not that much work (certainly not for you) it does show more effort and your guests know-

LIBBY: Right.

LISA: That extra step.

LIBBY: Absolutely and the little things really do make a huge difference.

LISA: They do.

LIBBY: And your guests appreciate it. They really do. Okay. So what you're doing is you're using the tape to secure it...

LISA: Right.

LIBBY: and then you're going to take a little piece of twine or it could be a little piece of ribbon, and you're going to tie it around...

LISA: Do you need my help?

LIBBY: Uh, sure.

LISA: Okay.

LIBBY: Yeah you can hold that. Great. And you're going to tie it around-and this is a great thing too: kids can do this. Just go into the backyard, see what's laying around, a little bit of greenery-and you're just going to put a little sprig of holly in there.

LISA: Careful.

LIBBY: Very easy. Exactly.

LISA: And tada!

LIBBY: And then you put your candle in.

LISA: It really is nice. So you could do it with any old thing.

LIBBY: Exactly and you could just use a piece of greenery like this, plop it in there. Super easy.

LISA: And the good news is you don't need a lot of anything.

LIBBY: No! Just a little bit. But these little touches really, really do make a big difference.

LISA: Nice.

LIBBY: Easy.

LISA: Do you want to light one?

LIBBY: Yes, let's do. Okay. And like we say we want everybody to light their candles.

LIBBY: Right. Exactly.

LISA: Be careful. And suddenly with very little effort you have something very pretty.

LIBBY: Right.

LISA: And different.

LIBBY: Yes.

LISA: Thanks Libby.

LIBBY: My pleasure.

LISA: For howdini.com I'm Lisa Birnbach.
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    Libby Langdon Interior Designer Libby Langdon is an interior designer and expert commentator on HGTV’s hit show “Small Space, Big Style.” She offers insights, techniques and tips to help viewers make the most of their own small space. more about this expert »

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