Northerners that we are, Karen and I savor every opportunity we get to entertain outdoors. A perfect summer evening of entertaining for us always includes plenty of good company, refreshing cocktails, a well planned menu, and a dash of ambiance to set the mood. And what sets a mood better than candlelight?
Rather than using predictable outdoor candles, we took our crafty side out for a whirl and created something a little different. If you’ve been following our Thirsty Thursdays videos (and who wouldn’t?) it’ll come as no surprise that we typically have a few empty wine or beer bottles lingering in our recycle bins from time to time. With a glass cutter purchased at our local craft store, we set out on a mission to create DIY Candle Covers as instructed in this extremely helpful youtube video, G2 Bottle Cutter.
We love the outcome! Although we did break one bottle, in the process (yikes!) the elegant sparkle of our candle display is truly as breathtaking as it is practical. The glass bottle covers magnify the effect of flickering flames, while the bottle necks protect the wicks from summer breezes all evening and kept our candles from extinguishing.
Gather those pillars candles that you have scattered around the house and have some fun recycling your empties by creating these festive candle covers.
Tips that we found helpful:
Soaking the labels in water for easy removal. Rubbing a little goo gone over the bottle will also help lift the glue.
Try not to over score your bottle with glass cutter, because the bottle will separate unevenly.
Bring your water to a boil.
The ice cold water should be in a separate pot as per the video. Rotating the bottle back and forth from hot to cold creates the break, as shown above. You may have to do this a few times.
Use the correct size pillar candle so when the cover is placed over top of the candle, air can circulate between the candle and the cover. Otherwise the flame will extinguish.