Up until now, I have had no fall decorations up. 1) I don't have any 2) I don't have any fabulous shrubs to bring in clippings 3) I didn't really feel like it.
Well, today I got the inspiration, and I did it all with things that I already had on hand! I betcha you can figure out a similar little craft with things you have on hand, too!
First, the inspiration:
Well that's fine and dandy, but I don't have a candle anywhere near that size, and I'm sure not going to buy one (have you ever noticed how expensive big hunks of wax are?) just for a rusty wheel!
So I thought...
And then I saw this:
Hmmmm, I thought. That's about the right size for a candle in that wheel.
And so I gathered the following:
2. Rope-like trim leftover from another project
3. A small piece of white cotton cord
4. Hot glue gun
First, I glued the trim around the top & bottom edges:
Then I glued on a strip of Burlap--enough to make two layers so you couldn't see the coffee can through it! (Make sure to be lining up your seams, so you just have one bad side...). I also put a circle of burlap on the top.
Ooh, are we starting to get the vision?
Next, I did something scary...
Matches, meet cotton cord.
Then, I punched a hole in the top of the "candle" with a screwdriver and hammer, and threaded the "wick" through it. To secure it, I flipped it and glued the tail to the underside of the can:
And here she is!
Ooh, I could squeal!
Then, to honor the time of the year and get at least a little fall into the house, I scrounged around the yard for pretty leaves and stuck them through the burlap (that's the advantage of burlap--it's such a loose weave you can put whatever you want in it).
Can you guess what kind of leaves the ones on the candle are? Gooseberry! Who knew?
*I am noticing that my little leaves are starting to wilt. I think I need to dry them, then put them back in*
And here it is on the table with a corn husk pom pom. Instructions for that easy little project are found on one of my favorite blogs, Centsational Girl. Check it out, she's great. And of course, I have a John Deere decoration on there, too. Joe has one little statue scene for each of the seasons. When you marry a farm boy, you take some things along with it. Tractors in my kitchen comes with the territory.
Hooray for Fall!
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