The ideal outdoor summer party is as casual and laid-back as summer itself. Here’s a DIY centerpiece idea that’s simple, elegant, and fuss-free. The sand makes this centerpiece perfect for a beach-themed party, and the candles mean you can celebrate long after the sun sets.
What you’ll need for your beach theme candle centerpiece:
- Empty, clean glass jars (We used various sizes and assorted colors for extra visual interest.)
- White sand (You can buy play sand at hardware stores or decorative white sand at craft stores. Sand from the beach will work, too.)
- Votive candles; 1 for each jar
- Decorative tray (optional)
- Wand lighter
Step 1: Add Sand to Glass Jars
Make sure your jars are clean and dry. Add an equal amount of sand into each jar. We filled ours a little over 1/3 full – you’ll want to make sure you leave enough room for a few inches of glass above the top of the candle to protect the flame from wind.
Step 2: Level the Sand
Level the top of the sand by gently shaking or swirling the jar horizontally.
Step 3: Add a Candle
Firmly place each candle into a jar. Be sure to wiggle the candle base securely into the sand so it won’t tip over.
Step 4: Arrange the Jars onto a Tray
Arrange candle-filled jars on a tray or tabletop. Make sure to do this before you light them—it’s safer and a lot simpler than moving them after they’re lit. Adjust the candle jars on the centerpiece tray until you get the look you want.
Step 5: Light the Candles
Light the candles. Note: You can also use flameless candles if you prefer, but if you do, don’t forget to check the batteries!