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In Phoenix, where outdoor entertaining goes on most of the year, landscape architect Tom Orchard devised this simple but effective way to light up a garden for an evening party.

These glass-protected candle lanterns are brighter than Mexican luminarias, but they work similarly to provide warm light for walkways, steps, patios, and tabletops. They could also be used as entry lights to welcome holiday guests.

to make one, you need a 5-inch terra cotta flower pot, a 6- to 10-inch-long candle, a bag of sand, and a glass chimney for a hurricane lamp (look in hardware and import stores).

Before filling the pot with sand, plug the hole in the bottom with a stone or a cardboard disk. Push the candle a few inches into the sand to hold it upright, then set the chimney over the candle.

The lanterns are easy to disassemble and store; you can dump the sand back into the bag, stack the pots, and wrap the chimneys in newspaper for use next December or next summer.
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