Create sturdy candle holders from lace saturated with fabric stiffener. Filled with lea lights in glass containers, these luminaries can be positioned alone or in groups around a room or along a mantel for instant ambience.
Use rectangular pieces of lace in several sizes to make a variety of votive holders. The long side of the lace will determine the circumference of the finished item. They used pieces that were 5 inches wide and 14-21 inches long.
Cut lace into a rectangle in the desired size. Trim one of the long sides.which will be the top of the votive holder,following the lace's motif. Sew across the bottom with a loose running stitch and connect the 2 ends. Pull the thread,gathering the bottom into a tight circle and knot. Whip stitch the short sides together.
Place a balloon inside the lace,and then blow it up to fit the laces dimensions. Set the balloon upright in a paper cut so the lace form is upside down. Arrange the gathered lace to create an even bottom. Spray with fabric stiffener until saturated. Let dry.
Pop the balloon.