Set The Mood: Candle Tricks & Tips

Martha Stewart

Candles flummox me, sometimes. While I might remember the candles for dinner, there's a good chance I forgot what size my candlesticks are — I mean you keep that written down in your wallet right? Find out how you can make any size candle fit and what a vegetable peeler has to do with it!

Candle Solutions

Candles Are Too Small: Try wrapping your candle with tape to help it stay in its holder. Fabric tape from your medical kit works great but so does simple clear adhesive tape.

Candles Are Too Big: A simple vegetable peeler will do the trick. Simple hold the candle like you would a carrot and shave away the ends. Remember to turn the candle as you go and check it every few slices!

Candles Too Wobbly: Try warming up a wax dot in your hand and using it to stick the candle to the bottom of your holder. Although tape works, wax is perfect for candles that are a little uneven.

Candles Are Too Long: If your candles need to come down in height just bust out your pruners from the garden. The ends will snip right off to your desired length. Although you can use a kitchen knife, the pressure isn't as swift and the taper can splinter.

Read More: Our Favorite Candles For Any Occasion from Martha Stewart

Do you have any candle tips or words of wisdom to add to this list? Any woes that you just can't seem to figure out. Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!

Related: Setting the Table: Use Drinking Tumblers for Candles

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