Adding extra light to your candle! Or save the candle, change the batteries!

December 7, 2017


I receive an amazing number of comments on this simple project when friends come to visit.

You probably already have the ingredients for this “recipe” in your home.  Using a set of battery lights is simple and easier to deal with during this busy time of year than drippy candle wax. These fairy battery lights last over 100 hours.


  •  lantern
  • set of fairy battery lights that are made with wires instead of heavier weight insulation
  • simple candle


We grabbed a Borrby lantern in white off our supply shelf for this project. Photo courtesy of IKEA.


Install the batteries in your lights and turn them on. We used yellow lights for this project but white would be just fine as well.



Use a small piece of tape to secure the end of your battery light string to the top of the candle. (It’s really there, you just can’t see it!)



Spiral the light string around the candle.



Put the candle in the lantern and your project is complete.



I keep this arrangement on an antique table in front of a window but it would easily make a great centerpiece or accent piece for a tablescape, wedding centerpiece or outdoor lighting for your next party.

We look forward to your comments!!

Shellie Gardner
Aside from throwing dinner parties that feature at least two kinds of cheese dip, Shellie's passions include travel, Mid-Century Modern furnishings and finding the perfect street taco. Has been known to snort laugh champagne.

One thought on “Adding extra light to your candle! Or save the candle, change the batteries!”

  1. Thanks for mentioning how you can use yellow or white lights to add to your candles. It is important to take into consideration how choosing the right colors can help you get the type of atmosphere you want. I can see how anyone looking into this would also want to take the time to compare several candles and candle holders in order to get the ones you want for your decor.

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