Always place votives in an enclosed container. Votive candles will liquefy when burned so should never be burned outside of an enclosed container. Before you slip a votive candle into a votive cup or holder, drop a teaspoon of water into the cup. This way, when you want to remove the votive candle to replace it with another, the candle should slide out easily. Check periodically to make sure there is ample water remaining in the holder.