Make a Woodland Candle Holder
Printable Version: Do-It-Yourself Decor Ideas
|Step 1: Gather Your Supplies|
|What You'll Need:
—An assortment of botanicals. Small leaves, ferns and pressed flowers all work great. (free)
— Assorted tissue paper. Light colors work best. ($1.99 for a package)
— Decoupaging glue. We used Mod Podge. ($2.89 for 8 ounces)
— Plastic container for glue. (50 cents)
— Foam brush. (40 cents)
— Glass container. (99 cents)
— Tea light. (99 cents will get you a bunch.)
|Step 2: Designing Your Candleholders
|Map out your design. The first layer will be your botanicals, which will then be covered by a layer of glue and tissue paper. Place the botanicals you want to work with on the glass container, eyeballing it to see how many of each variety you will need. We worked with store-bought skeleton leaves and sprigs of fern, but plant cuttings and pressed flowers from your property would work just as well.
We chose an alternating design of a skeleton leaf, fern, skeleton leaf, and so on.
|Step 3: Gluing on Your Botanicals|
|Using the foam brush, apply a thin layer of the decoupaging glue to the glass container. Place your botanical on the glass, then carefully brush another thin layer of glue over the leaf, fern, flower, etc.
On word on your glue: It’s important that it’s not too thick (it won’t create a nice glowing effect when the candle’s lit if it’s too thick) or too thin (it will be hard to work with or won’t hold your design if it’s too thin). We used Mod Podge since it was the right consistency, but other brands would work fine, too. Just make sure it looks like milk: thick enough that you can’t see through it, but thin enough that it pours easily.
|Continue applying your bontanicals until you’ve achieved your desired design. We worked with one variety at a time, gluing on all of the skeleton leaves first and then going back and placing some fern springs around them.
Do be sure that you’re leaving some room, though. If you have too many leaves and flowers on the glass, not enough light will filter through when you have a candle lit.
|Brush one last thin layer of glue over the entire design once you’ve finished placing your botanicals.|
|Let that glue dry. This should take about 30 minutes, and you’ll know it’s ready because the glue will dry clear.|
|Step 4: Applying the Tissue Paper Layer|
|Once the first layer of glue is dry, you’re ready to apply the layer of tissue paper over the botanicals.
Rip the tissue paper into small pieces, about one inch wide or tall. Ripping is preferred over cutting, since it will provide a more organic look on the finished product.
|Like you did with the first layer, apply a thin layer of glue right on top of your botanicals. Place your piece of tissue paper over the top and then apply another thin layer of glue to keep it in place.|
|Continue this process until you’ve covered the entire outside of the glass container. The pieces should overlap a bit, too, so no glass shows through.|
|You can choose to incorporate a couple colors of tissue paper. We chose a gold color to use as a band at the top and bottom of the glass container. Get creative. You can alternate colors in the overall layer, or go for an ombre effect: use tissue paper in the same color family and vary the design from lightest to darkest, using a single band of each shade around the glass.|
|For a clean look, feel free to use scissors to trim around the edges of your design.|
| Your flower and leaf design should magically appear when a candle is lit inside.
And all that’s left to do now is inserting a tea light and lighting your candle for a wonderful, rustic ambiance—perfect for your dining table or bedroom dresser. Enjoy!
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