I apologize for not sharing this idea sooner.
Recently I decided to save empty milk jugs (again) for winter luminaries. Annually I intend to place candles outdoors in garden or along driveway to celebrate solstice, Christmas, or new yr. but don't buy sand & votive candles. Too, storing empty jugs in my small house takes up valuable space. Now my blue bin for recyclables is full.
Yesterday I found an empty jug with o.j. label in the street & brought it home. Size is one gallon but clear plastic jugs of all sizes will hold candles & sand. A gallon of milk is less expensive than a qt. or half gallon, & the local milk I buy is bottled in clear plastic jugs. I don't know if candles will glow in white plastic jugs.
Church I attended as a child introduced me to outdoor luminaries. Parishioners used to save empty jugs to hold candles. Sand in bottom of ea. jug prevents luminaries from falling over. On Christmas Eve scores of candles greeted churchgoers & passersby. The display was impressive, & I'd like to recreate it. Its simplicity appeals to me. Display doesn't consume electricity.
Use a pocketknife or box cutter to remove a few inches from top of clean, empty jug. Add a few inches of sand to bottom of jug. Place a votive candle in the sand & light it on a calm night only. To be safe don't light candles outdoors when wind is blowing, & always watch candles closely until they're extinguished. Never leave lit candles unattended.
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