Floating Candle Centerpiece...
 A Glowing Idea!

A floating candle centerpiece is probably one of the easiest centerpieces to make. All you'll need is a fireproof container, bowl, or glass.  Add water and candles...& voila!  Instant, beautiful, glowing centerpiece!

There are many floating candle styles. They come in various shapes and sizes and typically have a shorter, wider base which allows them to float.  A regular candle will also work if that's all you have, as long as it will stay straight up and not tip over in the water. If using a heavier candle, such as a pillar, then only fill the container with enough water to give the same effect, but without making the candle actually float. A piece of aluminum foil shaped into a small cup or bowl can support a small candle, such as a tea light, and helps to keep it above water as well. The reflection off the foil will provide some extra sparkle and shine to the decoration.Try wrapping a piece of foam in foil and placing candle on top.  I made foam star shapes wrapped in foil and placed a small votive on top to float in my pool for a party.  It worked well.


Be creative when making your arrangements. Various sized glass vases and bowls that are grouped together on your table can be quite stunning! You can also add items to the water before placing the candles in it. Lemons, limes, flowers, cranberries, small stones, marbles and many other items will work well.

Check out some of the photos and tips below.


Always remember…safety first! Never leave a burning candle unattended due to the risk of fire!



Floating Candle Fish Bowl


•Glass fish bowl partially filled with clear iridescent marbles that are layered on bottom.  Then half fill fishbowl with water.

•Pale blue and brown sheer ribbon tied around bowl with silk rosebud accent added.

•3 rose shaped floating candles placed inside fish bowl.




Flames and Cranberries


I used this centerpiece for our Christmas table one year. I was even solicited by a decorating magazine asking if they could use this idea and photo.

Simply place a few cranberries into each glass, fill with water, and add candle.  Simple, yet very pretty! 

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Use That Crystal Stemware
To Make a
Floating Candle Centerpiece


Elegant, gold-flecked, antique crystal goblets, in two sizes, are partially filled with water with candle placed on top. This  centerpiece provides a wonderful warm glow to the shades of blue, green and gold in this table setting. Placing one or more in front of each place setting casts an exceptionally warm glow around the table (and the guests).



Hint:  Look for submersible candles to use in your floating candle centerpieces, too.  They will sit at the bottom of container, rather than float on top.  It's a cool look and can be quite dramatic.  It also allows you to float a flower or something else in the container.


A glass votive candle holder is the perfect container for a small floating candle centerpiece. Just add a unique shaped candle in color of your choice. Toss a few rose petals around table to compliment the look.




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