- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2009
We initially saw a kit to make these online, but it was quite expensive. I decided that I could make them myself much less expensively.
We got these Pedestal Votive Candle Holders -Gold Luster Glass (11-1/2″) from SaveOnCrafts. They have a golden tinge that goes well with the ivory candles.
In most instances, each glass was placed on one of these 6″ round no-bevel mirrors, also from SaveOnCrafts. On three of the larger tables, I instead used a 10″ mirror from Oriental Trading for one of three centerpieces.
We put clear diamond drops, from eBay seller bellamariellc, or gold ones from Ling’s Moment into the glass, and filled it most of the way with water. I was surprised to find that the diamond drops do not all sink to the bottom, the way they are shown in the picture. Some of them float, and cluster around the candle. However, the effect is really lovely.
We then put one of these 2.5″ ivory unscented rosebud floating candles, from Discount Crafts and Florals, into each one. I was a little nervous about ordering both the candles and the glasses online, and hoping that the candles would fit the glasses. However, they do. As you can see in the picture, the glasses curve outward at the top, which allows just enough room for the candle plus a little bit of float room. We got some extra candles, in case the original ones did not last for the length of the reception. However, they all lasted for over six hours, so we did not have to use the extras.
We wanted to use rose petals to scatter around the centerpieces on each table, and also as decoration on the cake. Both NotFroofy and I prefered the look and feel of freeze-dried rose petals to that of silk rose petals. Flyboy Naturals was running a spring sale: buy 25 cups, get 25 cups free. Searching around the Internet, I also found a coupon code, ecofriendly15, that gave us an additional 15% off at Flyboy Naturals. This meant that an order of 50 cups of freeze-dried petals in Bridal Bliss was $56.74, including shipping–by far the lowest price we found.
Total cost came to about $7.50 per centerpiece, not including the petals (which we also used for other things).