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5-Minute Fabric Decorating Tips for Unlit Fireplace Candelab

Show me one person who doesn’t like a nice roaring fire in their living room, especially in winter. If you feel that you don’t have the time or the energy to light up your fireplace, then I would strongly recommend that you look into fireplace candlebra, which is a great substitute. It can provide that magic glow so characteristic of fireplaces but without all the trouble of chopping up your firewood and collecting twigs to start the fire. But I know what you are thinking… how can you set up a fireplace candelabra worthy of your beautiful and traditional centerpiece? Well, that’s where our tips might come to your rescue!


Actually, designers know a range of tips and tweaks without even lighting any candles to make absolutely fabulous displays with your fireplace candelabra. We select the best ones that require almost no skills and investment! Be sure to try them out:

 1. Adornment magic

To start off with this one, head over directly to your local textile shop and grab a couple of tassels of various colors, around 15 to 25 cm long. These will be used to emphazie the room and the iron framework of the candelabra of your fireplace. So get a couple of tassels and a bit of matching cordon for each candle that will be on the centerpiece.

The next step would be to cut your cordon so that each piece is slightly longer than the actual perimeter of the candles. Then you have the choice of either stitching or gluing a length of cordon around each candle and adding a tassel at the joining ends of the cordon. Keep in mind that you should leave at least enough room to be able to slip the candle in and out from its base.

Now you can repeat the process with your different colored tassels and slip them onto your different candles. Shift the tassels a bit so that they are placed right at the edge of the candles and directed towards the center of the room.

This cordon-tassel-candle combo will definitely add a splendid accessory-feel to your fireplace candelabra but it goes without saying that you might want to remove them when you light the candles. If the fire hazard isn’t dissuading enough, the molten wax will definitely pour down the candle and ruin the tassel. Better just slip them off when you light the candles and pop them back on once they have been blown out.

2 . Heavy cloth

Another suggestion which we like particularly here is to use a heavy duty fabric like brocade or velvet. You will want it to be coordinated with the style and the tones of the room, of course, it goes without saying.

Once you have your fabric, what you will want to do is interweave it into the branches of your fireplace candelabra, and make sure to leave plenty of generous folds and overlaps of fabric towards the central hearth and to cover parts of the framework. Finally make sure you tuck in the ungraceful parts spilling over, and place by the fireplace, presto! Again, please do not light the candles without removing the fabric to avoid any fire risk!

3. Sheer or Transluscent fabric

If your room is more of a summer style, you might want to opt for a lighter fabric, possibly a little transparent, like chiffon or sheer. Lace is also a good choice, and will definitely suit certain types of room much better.

We hope that these ideas inspire you and of course feel free to leave comments and suggestions and make sure you stay safe!