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We bought these tealight holders as part of our table decorations for the wedding, as we didn't want to spend too much and this way we could get enough to avoid the tables being bare but without having to spend a fortune. The holders currently cost 49p each from Ikea.
The holders are actually dual-functioned, as they double up as a tealight holder, and a candlestick holder. This is achieved by turning it upside down. The picture shown above shows how it is positioned when in use as a candlestick holder. If you turn it upside down, it becomes a lovely low standing tealight holder. Not bad, for 49p each!
The holders are made of glass and are 5cm tall. They are very sturdy, we bought these and carried them home in a big Ikea bag and I was worried they might crack or break but they were all fine. They're actually heavier than I expected, but I guess this is due to them being made from glass. This means they're good to have on a table for decoration because they're unlikely to get knocked over easily.
The shape of these means they are stackable, which makes them easy to store if you have lots of them. They are ideal for parties or celebrations where you want a nice subtle atmosphere without going over the top, and the price means you can buy a good number of these without breaking the bank.
According to the Ikea website, the clear glass is designed to "reflect and enhance the warm glow of the candle-flame" and I agree that this is the case, and it looks particularly good with coloured tealights. It gives off a lovely warm looking flame and certainly created a romantic ambience at our wedding. I will be using these again at family gatherings, during the festive season, and for romantic nights in.
(This review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
I have probably about a dozen of these Neglinge candle holders from Ikea dotted all around my house.
They are just 49 pence each, and they are actually a dual function candle holder; one side holds a candlestick, and the other side holds a tealight.
These are clear glass candle holders, and they are actually really quite heavy and substantial, something that really impressed me for just 49 pence each.
If you place the candle holder on the larger flat side then the hole in the top is suitable for a candlestick. And if turn the candle holder the other way up and place it on the smaller base then the hole in the top is suitable for a tealight. You get two completely different looks in one candle holder.
Because these are just clear glass they will match any table setting or any decor. They are a very simple shape yet I find that they actually look quite classy, simple and elegant out on display. I use these candle holders both ways depending on the situation, and I find that they look especially effective if you use half as tealight holders and half as candlestick holders both out on display together.
I do put these candle holders in my dishwasher from time to time to get rid of any bits of wax on the candle holder, they come up perfectly clean, and they have been absolutely fine in my dishwasher.
These are very easy to stack on top of one another in a kitchen cupboard for storage, I do only stack mine 2 or 3 high as I don't want them to topple over though.
My only slight gripe with these is that if you let a candlestick burn down completely in these, then it is very difficult to remove the last bit of wax in the bottom. You really do need to blow out the candle whilst there is still a little bit of it protruding from the holder to enable you to grip it and pull out.
All in all though I cannot fault these, especially for the low price. I would absolutely wholeheartedly reccomend these to anyone.