Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Getting twiggy with it

I know I should feel silly for referencing a Will Smith song but I just couldn't resist. ;)

Take your everyday candles and dress them up for fall! I believe it is those little details that really bring seasonal decor together. Plus, this one won't cost you anything and it cleans up the yard, how great is that?

Here's what we're making:

What you'll need: tacky glue, ribbon, candle of your choice and scissors (they were camera shy).

And twigs! Mine are birch and as you can see I have an abundance of them every time the wind blows.

I measured on my candle (which was a gift, so free) where I'd like the twigs to be in regards to height, then I used my scissors and cut a pile of them in somewhat varying heights and using somewhat varying widths.

Also using the candle as a measurement I unspooled enough ribbon to go around the candle (with the added bulk of twigs) and be able to tie a little knot.

I squeezed a line of glue along the center of my ribbon - make sure to leave ends for tying! - and lined up my twigs making sure the bottoms of them were aligned.

Then you have to play the waiting game. But the reason I chose tacky glue rather than hot glue was so that I'd have some 'play time' in getting the twigs where I wanted without my glue drying on me. It only took a few hours for my project to dry as it was.

When it is dry just tie around your candle and it is now dressed for fall! Also, when you feel the desire to burn it, you can untie the ribbon and remove the flammable hazard and use it on another candle. A small twigged ribbon like this would also look great tied around the middle of a tall pillar candle.

Looks good on my garage sale candle holder and alongside my "poetry and a paper bag" project and my bowl of acorns - my oak tree really went "nuts" this year. Bwahaha. ;)

I put together a second fall candle feature for my dining room table - and this one didn't cost me a thing either. A friend gave me the golden hued hurricane. I gathered a sackful of acorns from the yard, lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet and baked them at the lowest temperature setting. I would tell you how long but I can't remember! But the baking will ensure I don't end up with a bunch of worms in my centerpiece. Bleechhhh.

I used a length of jute string and tied three oak leaves (also from the yard) to the front.

This free and easy project was inspired by Kara's Ballard Designs knockoff. So it is a knockoff of a knockoff...mmm yep I am a thrifting queen.

Linking to:

Get Your Craft On @ Today's Creative Blog

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage


Anonymous said...

Love these projects Molly! I'm so glad you shared the tip about glueing the twigs to the ribbon. I would have tried to glue them to the candle. Your way is soooo much better!! :)

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Cute projects. I really like the leaves and twine around the glass candle holder. I may have to steal that idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

the ungourmet said...

These are super cute! I love the one with the sticks especially! I'm going to have to find some of those! :D

shari said...

great ideas and free from the YARD! yahoo!

Miss•Elena•Eous said...

So cute! Love the forest-in-the-house look. Twigs are adorable little things...

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Great projects. I love that you used items from your own yard. Very thrifty.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

More inspired projects here!!! I LOVE them both. The maple leaves are a beautiful touch...and besides..."it cleans up the yard." : )
Hey, ever since the nation has gone digital, we've started getting these "ION" stations (they're free). Well, on one of them is a show (three times a day) called, 'She's Crafty'. I think of you a lot because she often re-uses and re-purposes things. It's not listed in our paper's TV guide, but when I look on the "TV" guide, I can find the times. Just food for thought.
Have a good day,

cindy@cottage instincts said...

Molly, these are such great ideas...I LOVE using not only what you have, but using natural elements in decorating, especially for fall. I'm saving this post in my files for future reference :o)
Thanks for popping over!

Brittany said...

You are so thrifty, and your creations always come out fabulously!

Love the twiggy candle. :)

ClassiclyAmber said...

Oh, the twiggy candle is so cuuuute! Love it~! <3