Today’s guest post is from my lovely friend Abby who blogs at Albion Gould. We were roommates and SNAP and fast friends — I love her eclectic style and geeky streak (we bonded over Dr. Who and Sherlock!). I hope you enjoy her post today (I am SO ready for fall!) and give her a follow on Facebook!
Hi, everyone! My name’s Abby and my blog is Albion Gould. I’m really excited to be guest posting for Cori while she’s recovering from surgery (boo!). I know it’s only August, but I’m such a big fan of fall that I get an early start and I’m going to show you how to make an easy fall candle centerpiece.
I’m using three basic ideas that you can use to mix and match. For this centerpiece, you will need:
- glass candle holders (you can use mason jars or anything that works for your style)
- cinnamon sticks
- Mod Podge
- foam brush
- frog tape
- burlap ribbon
(Please note that I’m listing what *I* used. Most of these elements can be replaced to suit your style.)
For your first candle jar, paint a stripe of Mod Podge around the center.
Cut a piece of the burlap to fit around the glass.
Tie a piece of the twine/ribbon/wire of your choice around the center.
You’re finished with your first candle! How easy was that?!
For your next candle, tape off the parts you *don’t* want covered in glitter.
Paint Mod Podge onto the open space. Paint from side to side, not up and down. You don’t want any glue getting underneath the tape so that the line is as smooth as possible.
Take your glitter choice and shake it over the glass. I did this over a piece of paper so that it was not only less messy, but so that I could reuse the loose glitter.
Wait for this to dry completely. You need to put a top coat of Mod Podge on and it won’t be smooth unless the first coat is dry. (Why, no, I didn’t learn this first hand. Why would you think that?!) While the top coat is still wet, carefully peel off the frog tape and wait for the top coat to dry. Once it’s dry, get out your twigs and twine.
Paint a stripe of Mod Podge around the bottom.
Start standing the twigs up around the bottom.
Work your way around with the twigs. Take a piece of twine and wrap it around. This will stabilize the twigs until the glue is dry.
I used the same technique to create a third candle holder using the cinnamon sticks.
Once I was finished with my candles, I grabbed a small serving dish to put them in. I used some bits of fall odds and ends to help finish the look. (I’m not the only person who has a ton of fake leaves, am I?!)
I love how this craft turned out and I love that the techniques can be combined to make different looks.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this fall candle centerpiece. I had a lot of fun making it for you!
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