What could be more romantic than candlelight and roses? Combine them both in a pretty candle centerpiece with a rose-scented candle nestled among a dozen silk sweetheart roses. by Jane Lake
Done in pink or red, this arrangement would be great for Valentine’s Day, or make it all in white, with luxurious sparkling bows, for wedding tables.
- rose-scented candle
- florist’s foam
- approximately one dozen artificial sweetheart roses
- clay pot
- a glass votive candle holder that will fit inside the clay pot with a gap of approximately one inch between the votive and the pot rim
- another votive or small jar to use as a mount (see below for explanation)
- serrated knife
Prepare the Base
Place one of the votives inside the clay pot, upside down, to act as a mounting base for the main votive. The upper votive should stand in the center of the pot, with about one inch gap between it and the pot rim, while also rising above the pot rim by about one inch. If the height is incorrect, use a small jar or another recycled object as the mount instead; anything will do as long as it will securely support the upper votive.
Use the serrated knife to cut florist’s foam to fit snugly inside the clay pot, surrounding the votive and positioning it securely in the center of the pot. The upper surface of the florist’s foam should be about a half inch below pot rim.
Prepare the Flowers
Cut off the stems of the sweetheart roses, leaving just a small stub behind the center of each rosebud. Insert the flowers into the florist’s foam, all around the votive.
Add the Candle
Place a rose-scented candle inside the votive and light when desired. This is a nice candle centerpiece for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, or any other special occasion.
If you would prefer to use fresh flowers instead of silk, use a clay pot and saucer and florist’s foam designed for use with water. Leave longer stems on the flowers. Wet the foam and insert the roses; replenish water as needed and remove the flowers as they fade.