Summer Candlelight Magic

Here are a few creative ways to add magical candle-glow to your summer activities. We include directions for a fun, biodegradable picnic candle-holder, how-to instructions for making luminaria, summery spirit-lifting candle ideas for meals indoors and out, and an important feng shui tip, all right here:

Picnic candle-holder
Turn over a carved-out half of a watermelon rind. Cut a few holes in the rind that are big enough for tapers, and voila! You have an amusing, biodegradable centerpiece. Light the candles as twilight falls, and settle down to listen to tall tales, stories about your ancestors from visiting relatives, or just the cricket symphony playing as the stars make their entrance in the dark of the sky.

Luminaria
You can welcome guests with a row of luminaria along the path to your door. Luminaria are paper bags filled with sand, with candles set into them. See these easy directions on how to make luminaria.

To repel pests outdoors
When you’re entertaining outside, candles can set the mood and repel bothersome mosquitoes. Citronella, which has a delectable lemony smell to us humans, is unpleasant to mosquitoes, so add citronella candles lavishly around your patio or garden. (And please check to be sure you’re using all-natural citronella, not a synthetic.)

Floating candles
Lights reflected in water soothe the soul and lift the spirits. You can buy flat-bottomed floating candles to place in individual bowls in front of each guest at your table, or place several in a larger bowl in the center. For an aura of romance, add fresh flowers to the bowls.

Protection for your candles
Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner on the balcony, or a candle-lit evening of family fun, your outdoor candles will need some protection so the wind doesn’t blow them out or–worse!–blow them over, creating a risk of fire. Always place candles in glasses or hurricane- lamp shades to keep them safe. You can anchor them in place with a few drops of hot wax.

Feng Shui Tip
Whether indoors or outdoors, avoid placing candles in the west or northwest areas of the house or garden. Feng shui experts believe that these areas are “metal” areas, and fire can melt them or eliminate the strength of these places.

Adapted from By Candlelight, by Diana Rosen (Storey Books, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Diana Rosen. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from By Candlelight, by Diana Rosen (Storey Books, 2002).

8 comments

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Love candles.Great tips and ideas,thanks for sharing

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago

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Georgeann Grubham

From Feng Shui I learned that in the bathroom if toilet sit is not down and sink stopper in the drains (drains closed ,door closed also kitchen sinks, or other drain, all your money goes down the drain. this is a terrible thought,and that is why you have no prosperity.My common sense says if faucst drips sink or what ever will over flow!Georgiegal

Cynthia B.
Cynthia B9 years ago

I use soy/vege candles, the scent lasts longer than all soy, and they are still eco-friendly made from a renewable resource. Feel free to contact me for more info.

Khrymsun Elyse P.
Khrymsun P9 years ago

Also, candles are candles in Feng Shui, they all burn with fire...

Khrymsun Elyse P.
Khrymsun P9 years ago

I didn't know this either, and it's perfect timing for me, my new Reiki Studio is in the northwest corner of my house. Now I will need to find another source for aroma therapy (solution: jost sitcks) and ambient lighting (solution: salt lights and/or low wattage lamps)instead of candles, so this isn't a big deal and easily resolved.

And some people don't believe that the Universe doesn't send you the information you need just at the right time :)

April Good
April Good9 years ago

What about soy candles?

Kathryn H.
Kathryn G9 years ago

didn't know about the candles in west, northwest areas