Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Birdcage Candleholders

I am glad that spring is here for many reasons, one of which is getting to have dinner on the back porch again. I was having girlfriends over the other night and wanted to add a couple of fun new things to the porch to welcome my guests. I was at T J Maxx, and about to buy a large lantern for a candle, when Zac talked me into buying a large birdcage-esque container. Considering its size, I was surprised it was only $24.

I already had this uber cool moss ribbon that I purchased in Fairhope, and have just been waiting for a reason to use it.

I threaded it around the bottom of the cage.

I placed a pillar candle into a glass cylinder and then sat in on a wrought iron stand. It fit inside perfectly.

I covered the table with one of my favorite old tablecloths.

It made for a nice cozy welcome.

Oh, and I liked the black one so much that I bought this pretty white one, too. This one came from Garden Ridge. It was only $14.

These birdcages are a beautiful, yet inexpensive way to add a lovely bit of candlelight to any part of your home. Thanks, Zac.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Uncommon Dollar Tree Candles

I think that battery candles are amazing. You can place them in areas where actual candles with a burning flame can't be used, such as a closed in shelf.

I found these really cool pillar candles at the Dollar Tree. They require batteries, which I also bought at the Dollar Tree. These candles have a soft light that actually flickers like a real flame.

I used this fiber-filled tissue paper that resembles handmade paper. It is available in a virtual myriad of colors at World Market.

I cut the paper to size and poured a generous portion of glue onto some parchment.

I brushed the glue onto the candle.

Then I adhered the paper to the candle, smoothing it out gently to remove any bubbles or wrinkles.

Here they are on my mantel. They add a very cozy glow without the hazards that a flame can produce.

I am going to make a dozen of these in some happy colors and line my screened-in back porch with them this spring.

Have fun with this quick, easy, and super cheapo craft!