Chunky handmade candles are common fare for setting a mood. However, when revamping your humble abode, don’t underestimate the power of tea lights. When used creatively, these tiny twinklers make a dazzling display of romantic or relaxing radiance.
A simple terra-cotta dish garden will raise an ordinary cluster of these peewee flames to a new level. You’ll find that the finished piece works wonders as an elegant centerpiece for the patio, coffee table and more. And because terra-cotta pots and saucers are inexpensive, readily available and come in a range of sizes, a “one-candle” version is a spiffy take-home gift for party guests.
(this is my version of simplified!)
* 1 terra-cotta planter
* 1 terra-cotta saucer a size larger than planter
* Assorted acrylic paints
* Assorted craft brushes
* Matte or gloss spray varnish
* Extra strength adhesive
* Colored sand
* 1 box of tea light candles
DIRECTIONS: Paint the inside and outside of the planter and saucer in desired colors. Varnish. When dry, turn the planter upside down and apply a thick bead of glue around the base. Turn the saucer upside down and lay it on a flat surface. Set the planter with the glue-side down in the center of the saucer and press firmly. Let it cure for 24 hours. Fill the saucer with colored sand and set multiple tea lights on top of sand.
TIP: Add clay, florals, greenery, stencils, mosaics or photo appliques if desired.
VARIATION: For a traditional look, use a deep saucer or bowl to house a cactus garden.
Peace, love, and glitter!