We light candles to celebrate many events in our lives, including birthdays, holiday dinners and religious celebrations.  With so many styles, sizes and scents available, candles have become part of our everyday lives.

Instead of limiting yourself to one candle per room, you can add warmth, style and ambiance by creating a candlescape.

Display Tips

When candlescaping, use several candles of various height.  By adding different sizes or using candle stands to vary height, you'll create interest and visual impact.

Enhance a candlescape simply and effectively by using mirrors as a base or by putting mirrors behind the candles to double the light.  Put candles in cut crystal containers for interesting reflections.

Experiment with scent combinations.  A mix of two or more compatible fragrances can add dimension to the scent in the room.  Don't be afraid to experiment , you might find a wonderful combination.

You can also turn your fireplace into a candlescape.  Arrange candles in it, using bricks or clear glass blocks to vary height.

Candlelight can also turn an ordinary meal into a celebration.  Scatter several votive candles in small glass holders across a dinner table or buffet table for an elegant look when entertaining.  Remember to burn unscented candles during a meal so the candles don't interfere with the aroma of the meal.

Candle Care Tips

  • Store candles on their sides in a cool, dry area.  Cool candles burn longer.
  • To remove fingerprints and minor blemishes, polish smooth candles with a nylon stocking.
  • Keep candles away from direct sunlight to prevent colors from fading and shape from warping.
  • As the candle burns, fold edges toward the center.
  • Before each lighting, trim the wick to ¼".
  • Never burn a candle in a draft or in front of a fan.  Doing so will shorten the candle's burn time, and cause it to smoke, drip and burn unevenly.
  • Position candles at least 1" from each other.
  • Set candles on a flat, nonflammable, heat-resistant surface.

Safety Tips

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never place candles near a window, in a draft or on combustible material.
  • Always use appropriate flame-resistant candleholders.
  • Keep burning candles out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never carry a lit candle.
  • Keep melted wax free of debris that can catch fire.
  • Be aware that containers can become very hot while burning.
  • If a candle is in a glass jar, never let the flame touch the side of the jar.

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