People who are looking to get the best quality for the lowest price realize that sometimes it is hard to have both. If you looking for some inexpensive decorating ideas for place settings at your dinner table or favors at your wedding, these decorated votive cups will fit the bill. With a little bit of work you can have 1 of a kind decorations at a very low cost. The price to put together one of these votive holders is under $2.00 and will be even cheaper if you use flowers or greenery from your garden or yard.
What you need to make favor:
- straight sided votive cups
- some ribbon (we used 1 1/2″ wide satin but any kind will do)
- raffia (twine or string can be used)
- double stick tape
- flowers (we used wild flowers on one and a lily on the other but you can use whatever you want, you can also use fake flowers, leaves, berry clusters, etc )
- votive candles to fill the cups
Step 1: Cut a piece of ribbon to wrap around the votive cup and over lap about 1/2″.
Step 2: Stick a small piece of double stick tape to the votive cup right about in the middle. If you use a thinner ribbon and want it to wrap around near the top or bottom, put the tape on accordingly.
Step 3: Attach one end of the ribbon to the tape, stick a second piece of tape on top and near the end of the ribbon which is now attached to the cup.
Step 4: Wrap the ribbon around the votive cup keeping it as tight and straight as you can. Press the end of the ribbon down onto the tape to hold it in place.
Step 5: Cut a piece of raffia or twine long enough to wrap around the votive cup 2 times and to tie a bow or knot.
Step 6: Wrap the raffia around the votive cup 2 times (you can do more or less, just cut the length accordingly) and tie in the flowers or greenery you chose for the decorative accent.
I found that with the lily flower, since it had a thicker stalk, it was easier to tie my raffia into a knot then tie the flower in with the bit of raffia that was left. For the wild flowers, the raffia was loose enough that I could slip them in behind the raffia after I had tied it.
If you are making your decorations up pretty long in advance you might want to stick with fake flowers so that they don’t look dead by the time your guests arrive. Also, very important note… make sure that whatever you use for the accent does not hang down into the votive cup and create a fire hazard when you light the candle inside.