Friday, October 16, 2009

Creative Autumnal Incandescence

Autumn is such a cozy time of year. I love to decorate with pumpkins and warm colors. I like to place pumpkins in various rooms around my house. Our mantel is very prominent, so I give it the most attention. I also wanted little touches of warm light around the pumpkins, so I crafted some candle holders covered in tissue paper. I loved the result! The best part is how easy they were to make.

Supplies Needed:

tissue paper in various colors
white glue
small paint brush
wax paper
small glass candle holders
votive candles

The tissue paper I used has fiber running through it, which gave it a handmade look. I found it at World Market.

Lay the wax paper on your work surface and tear the tissue paper into small pieces:

I used these small candle holders that look like flower pots. Walmart has them for 50¢.
Dilute the glue slightly with water and paint onto glass:

Add tissue paper, one piece at a time. Paint over the piece with the glue until it lays flat. I used the straight edge of the paper around the top of the container. I didn't try to do that around the bottom because it really doesn't show.

Work your way around the entire container:

Repeat the process with the other colors:

The rough, fibrous texture of the tissue paper created more of a leaf-like appearance:

A tip I learned a long time ago is to add a little water to the candle holder right before you insert the candle and light it. This will help keep the wax from sticking to the inside so you can reuse it later.

They turned out beautifully.

Just a hint of a cozy glow that doesn't take away from the look of the pumpkins.

1 comment:

Allyson said...

Absolutely gorgeous!