Step 3 | Gluing the Botanicals | How-To: Make a Woodland Candle Holder

This is the third step in our guide to make your own woodland candle holder. Here we'll show you how to glue your leaves to get the design you want.

homemade woodland candle holder How To:
Make a Woodland Candle Holder

Step 3: Gluing the Botanicals
by: Leah Kerkman | Log Home Design
Step 3: Gluing on Your Botanicals
applying flowers to your candle holderUsing 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.

making a candle holder at homeContinue 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.

making a candle holderBrush one last thin layer of glue over the entire design once you’ve finished placing your botanicals.

homemade candle holderLet that glue dry. This should take about 30 minutes, and you’ll know it’s ready because the glue will dry clear.

What You'll Need Determining Design Gluing the Botanicals Finishing Touches
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