“ Type: Festive Lights „
Home decoration is not something I can indulge in due to my busy work/university schedule, and this goes the same for my parents. However, every now and then, bargain pieces like these pop up and they go a long way in setting and nice ambience around the home and garden. My parents love to tend to the garden whenever they have the time but I see myself more of a decorator rather than a pluck and plough person. So, whenever I go shopping with my parents I would buy accessories to dress the house and garden. This Garden Trading Glass Bell Votive Lantern is one of many decorative bits and bobs I have purchased over the years.
We actually bought this Garden Trading Glass Bell Votive Lantern while my parents were picking me up to come up home for the holidays. We were doing a quick shopping in town and went inside Wilkinson's to buy some toilet tissues and I saw these while I was waiting for my parents to finish with their shopping. I thought they would make a nice addition to the house and give me an excuse to use scented candles. I love scented candles but my parents don't really agree with them due to their potential health hazard and my clumsiness. I ended up buying two of these Garden Trading Glass Bell Votive Lantern for £ 4.50 each. Afterwards I checked the price online and the price is the same.
My opinion is that they are very simple yet elegant looking glass lantern for a fair price. The glass is shaped like an apple and it has no lid. You can put your choice of scented or un-scented tealights in the lantern; it doesn't come with a tealight however. Also, these glass lanterns come in a cylindrical shape for the same price. Each glass lantern has a metal wire to hang the lantern in the garden or anywhere you desire.
I think they are a nice addition to the house. I put one in the garden; our garden has two hooks nailed to the fences but one of them has a bird feeder hanging on it. We keep the other glass lantern inside the house and use it as a portable lantern when watching movies or having dinner. The only problem I have with these lanterns is that the depth is quite long and my hands are quite tiny; so when I put the tea candle, I usually end up plonking the tea candle into the lantern and it would land upside down. So I had use a long stick, like a pen or whatever is nearby, to flip it over. Also the rim of the opening can be jagged in some places so I have to be careful when using them.
Overall, they make a nice accessory to create a homely ambience for a fair price. They are durable and can be easily washed, and they have many potential uses. It worth to give this a try.
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Just before Christmas my fiancé and I had planned to have a big family get together at our house. We have glass French doors leading on to our patio and garden and I wanted to keep the curtains open and make the garden look nice with lights. I didn't fancy big Santa's and snowmen lit up, apologies to anyone who has those but they just are not my thing, I was looking for something that I could hang.
I had a look on e bay and Amazon and spotted the Garden Trading Glass Bell Votive Lanterns. At £4.50 each not the cheapest option to go for but I figured that they could be used any time of year not just Christmas and as they are tea light holders there would be no wires, bulbs or extension leads to cope with.
The Garden Trading Glass Bell Votive Lantern is basically a clear glass round curvy bowl. The bowl has a curvy line pattern on it and tapers in at the top where it has a small rim. This has some wire around it to which a little wire handle is attached. This is what you use to hang the lights up with. Personally I think the whole shape reminds me of old fashioned flower vases.
The Glass Bell Votives are approximately 10cm's x 9.5cm's. They are designed to hold a tea light and personally I wouldn't try using anything else. A tea light ensures that no wax will run in the actual glass globe. As the lights are designed to be hung they are likely to sway slightly and a tea light should keep the wax encased in its little metal holder.
We have a tree in our garden and I used this to hang my Glass Bell Votives from. They can also be hung from fences, pergolas and really do look pretty when lit. As I said I hung mine fro the tree, and with the snow and frost that was clinging to the branches they really did look fantastic and gave the garden a real festive feel. They stayed securely hung on the branches with the metal handles. I was very pleased with the effect they created.
The glass bells can be used anytime of year, not just Christmas. In the summer they would look pretty hanging from pergolas or even just brackets attached to a fence. I plan to burn citronella tea lights in mine in the summer.
I recommend the Garden Trading Glass Bell Votive Lanterns, they can transform a garden or patio area and provide a real atmosphere. They are easy to use, you have no wires trailing or extension leads to cope with. Of course you are using candles so care should be taken. Never leave them burning unattended or use in real windy weather. This apart they give a soft glow which at Christmas looked festive and magical for both adults and children but equally if its just an intimate drink or BBQ for 2 then these would certainly create a romantic feel to your garden, patio or even balcony.
If you take care of the Glass Bell Votives Lanterns they should last a considerable time making sure you get good value for your money.
I think officially these Glass Bell Votive Lanterns, by Garden Trading, are meant to be used in the garden, but I've used the 10 I have (yes, 10, I'll explain why shortly) in the garden, at home on the fireplace and as part of table centerpieces, so I think they are quite adaptable. I bought my Glass Bell Votive Lanterns online, from eBay and paid £3 per lantern including postage and free tea lights to use inside them, so I thought that was a good buy. I've seen them selling for up to £5 on their own, so I think that I got a good price. Thankfully, they also came very well packed, so there were no glass breakages.
The lanterns weren't quite as big as I'd expected, being around 10cm high and the same in width, but with a rounded, attractive shape to them. The glass is quite thick, which is good as I don't think thin glass can take the heat from the tea light candle inside as well as thicker glass can. Around the lip of the lantern, there's a metal wire ring and attached to this is a wire handle for if you need to carry the lantern around once it's lit, or if you want to hang it up somewhere.
I have never needed to hang my lanterns up, as I used my 10 as part of my wedding centerpieces, using flowers and other decorative tools around them to create a lovely candlelit atmosphere that looked great in the evening. The lanterns get a little warm when in use, but they don't get very hot as the round shape of the glass is actually quite a way from the tealight candle's flames, meaning this feels like a very safe and secure candle lit lantern. I think it's as safe as you can get with candles really, but I did really like the look and they worked well as part of my table decorations.
Since then, I've used the lanterns for various things, including at outdoor barbeques in the Summer and just to create a nice atmosphere inside the house. Being so simple, I think these lanterns are great as they can be left being quite plain or added to arrangements (bearing safety in mind of course) to create a lovely, decorative look. These lanterns proved to be a relatively inexpensive way to decorate my wedding reception tables and have served me well since, so I can highly recommend them.
These new Glass Votives will look lovely hung from the boughs of a tree or from the underneath of a parasol, and really light up your evenings! Dimensions: 9.5 X 10cm