Candles aren't the only things you can put in a votive, Lee Rhodes says. Here are a few creative alternatives.
• Use them as vases. Rhodes always has a Glassybaby on her kitchen table ― "Even in winter, I'll cut an evergreen and stick it there."
• Plant them. In spring, you can plant sturdy votives with bulbs. During the winter holiday season, try filling them with small pebbles and forcing narcissus.
• Use them as goblets and wine glasses. Take a break from traditional stemware at your next dinner party. Glassybaby votives are made of lead-free glass, so they're food-safe.
• Fill them as parfaits. For a kids' party, the colorful Glassybaby globes look great with ice cream in them. They're dishwasher-safe too.
• Anchor tablecloths. Place heavy votives strategically when entertaining outdoors.
• Put them in the garden. Light outdoor walkways with votives or sink wrought-iron votive holders in a perennial bed. Rhodes buys candle stands at her local garden center, then fills each with a Glassybaby.
• Hold everything with them. Rhodes keeps Glassybaby holders on all her bathroom counters: "They're great for toothbrushes, rubber bands, makeup brushes ..."
• Light them en masse. Keep a row along your mantel, ready to light at a moment's notice.