I've got a great Fall project for you that is so quick and easy, and perfect for a rainy day like this one. I must say, despite the bit of rain we are getting here, I am enjoying the cooler weather. Our A/C hasn't been on for days, and last night we sat with the windows open just loving to cool night air. I hope the official start of Fall has brought you all some nicer weather as well.
I love decorating for the seasons. And I really love decorating on a budget, so I'll be sharing with you lots of inexpensive and fun ideas for sprucing up your space this Autumn. If you missed it, I posted an inspirational Fall free printable that you can get here. Today, I'll be showing you how to make a cute and easy Fall candle holder. These also double for great little bud vases!
What you need:
Silk leaves (you can get at any craft store)
Decorative branches (optional)
Seasonal colored ribbon
Burlap ribbon (available at most craft stores)
Hot glue gun
How to make it:
You'll want to start by measuring out and cutting the length of burlap you'll need to wrap around the candle holder with a little extra to overlap. You can use any size candle holder you like. I got these at the Dollar Store, and they were fairly short, so I cut my burlap in half to leave a little glass showing. Next, cut equal lengths of ribbon. Now, place a little strip of hot glue along the side of the glass and gently press the edge of the burlap into the glue, taking care not to burn yourself. Wrap the burlap around the glass, and glue down the other end. Then, do the same with your ribbon, placing it along the center of the burlap.
You will now want to pull a few leaves from your bunch, and peel the "veins" from the backs. You want to make sure they will lay flat against the candle holder. Run a few lines of glue along the back of your leaf or leaves, and carefully place them on the overlapping part of ribbons to conceal them. If you are using decorative branches, use the wire cutters to snip a few short pieces and gather them into a bunch. To secure them, you will need to cut a small piece of ribbon, and glue it around the base of the bundled branches. Then, glue the bundle to the leaf or leaves, making sure to line up the ribbon with the ribbon underneath.
Finally, for the bow you will need to cut a long and short piece of ribbon. Flip the long piece upside down, fold one side to the middle, and attach it with a small dot of glue. Do the same for the other side. Now take the short section of ribbon, and use a small line of glue to secure it vertically to the center of the loop. Wrap the ribbon around and secure the other end with glue. To finish it up, make a circle of glue around the center of the back side of your bow, and place it over the ribbon on your bundle of branches, making sure that it is still in line with the ribbon underneath. You may want to adjust the branches, or trim them, to make sure that they do not hang over the edge of your candle holder, and become fire hazards. I used little LED votives in mine to avoid flames altogether.
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