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Rustic Artichoke Candleholder

Artichokes left in a cool place to dry can be easily turned into an organic table decoration.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
natural candle holder with beeswax candleA Greener Christmas ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

Green Tip: Choose natural candles. Many candles are made from paraffin, which is derived from petroleum (a non-renewable source), and are not biodegradable. Choose eco-friendly natural soy and beeswax candles, which are made from renewable sources and burn cleaner than paraffin candles.

Materials Needed:

  • dried globe artichoke heads
  • garden shears
  • thin wire
  • scissors
  • pillar candle
  • empty tea light container or aluminum foil
  • glue

Step 1

Cut the artichoke stem with a pair of garden shears so the base sits level when placed on a flat surface.

cut down stem of artichoke with pair of shearsA Greener Christmas ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

Step 2

Wind one end of the wire around artichoke's stem. Wrap the wire twice around the head to hold the leaves in place and secure it again at the base.

secure leaves of artichoke head with wireA Greener Christmas ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

Step 3

Cut out the choke in the center of the flower head with a pair of scissors to create a hole that's just a bit larger than the candle.

cut center of artichoke large enough for candleA Greener Christmas ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

Step 4

Cover the candle base with an empty tea light container or foil. Glue the candle into the center of the artichoke.

use foil tealight holder for candle in artichokeA Greener Christmas ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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