EVENING GLOW

Keep the party going into the evening with these out­door light­ing ideas for your table­top.

Do It Yourself - - CONTENTS - PROJECTS KATE CARTER FRED­ER­ICK & SCOTT JOHN­SON PHO­TO­GRAPHS BRIE PASSANO & BLAINE MOATS WORDS KATE CARTER FRED­ER­ICK

Shed some light on your out­door space with flick­er­ing table­top light­ing ideas.

TABLESIDE DE­LIGHT Gather with friends in the flick­er­ing light of a flam­ing table­top cen­ter­piece, op­po­site, to lift spir­its and sa­vor the after-dusk am­biance. The cen­ter­piece con­sists of a steel mesh bas­ket fit­ted with liq­uid-fuel burn­ers and bits of sparkling fire-safe glass. Eas­ily snuffed out, the col­ored-glass burn­ers pro­duce mod­er­ate flames and min­i­mal smoke. Wear heavy-duty gloves when han­dling the steel mesh (lath) and use metal snips to cut it. To make a 4×18×4-inch ob­long bas­ket: Cut the lath (A) (get the tem­plate at BHG.com/Fire­place), then fold up the sides and ends. Over­lap and fold edges to se­cure them. Use a hack­saw to cut ¼-inch alu­minum chan­nel trim to fit over the bas­ket’s top edges. Fill with glass and burn­ers.

PIPE DREAM Another use for PVC fit­tings? A stylish table­top display! Start with your largest PVC seg­ment—ours had a 5-inch di­am­e­ter. Place

a glass hur­ri­cane (ours had a 4-inch di­am­e­ter) in­side and fill with small peb­bles. Drop in a pil­lar or votive can­dle. Ar­range 5–7 smaller PVC fit­tings

in dif­fer­ent sizes around the large one. Place suc­cu­lents still in their nurs­ery pots into fit­tings.

If needed, fill bot­tom of PVC seg­ments with peb­bles to sup­port the suc­cu­lents and keep them even with the top of the tube. Add more can­dles

as de­sired. Group all items on a marble slab.

FOR RE­SOURCES SEE PAGE 101.

AVAIL­ABLE IN DIF­FER­ENT SHAPES AND COL­ORS, FIRE GLASS ADDS A BIT OF BONUS SHIM­MER TO IN­DOOR OR OUT­DOOR FIRE FEA­TURES.

PO­SI­TION AD­HE­SIVE FELT DISCS ON THE BOT­TOM OF THE MARBLE SLAB TO PRO­TECT YOUR TABLE­TOP BE­FORE SET­TING THE MARBLE IN PLACE.

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