With 3 kids, a business to run, a very busy life, and trying to maintain a shred of sanity, I am not the best at updating my home decor. I tend to grab a few pieces here and there and then update them as the seasons change… sometimes. You will never see my house looking like it leapt off the pages of the holiday issue of Better Homes and Gardens or Southern Living. I also have a bit of a weird and eclectic whimsical, rustic, and vintage style. It’s difficult for me to find items that suit my taste unless I make them. And that takes even more time that I don’t have a ton of to spare, so when they can carry over for multiple seasons or holidays, it’s a complete win in my book! This is exactly why I am so in love with this diy holiday candle! It’s something that will work on it’s own in my house throughout the year but also lends itself well to both Autumn and Winter! Even better? It took me just over an hour to complete it. You can do this! Make one for every room of your house or to give as (cheap yet fabulous and possibly last minute) gifts with the rapidly approaching holiday season.
You’ll need this stuff.
You’ll need a glue gun – I use the low temp glue guns because I am a clumsy person and I don’t like pain, they run about $3-$5 at most craft stores – and a handful of spare glue sticks, some scissors (they don’t have to be child scissors, but these were all I could find since my children wander off with all my good scissors, leaving me their crappy cutting kid scissors… they must know I am accident prone), a bundle o’ sticks (I bought these from a craft store for like $4 because I was too lazy to go picking up sticks like a chump… and I had a lot leftover so you could totally make multiple candles from one bundle), a glass candle holder (either square or round, but it needs to have straight sides and not be sloped, most craft stores carry them for a couple bucks), and a delicious smelling candle of your choosing. Sidenote: I’m mildly obsessed with the scent of this spice cupboard candle from Yankee Candles.
Break those sticks in half, girl.
Squeeze a strip of glue on the back of your broken sticks and glue it to the side of your glass jar. Repeat all the way around until you have no space left. If your sticks are kind of curvy like mine were and leave glass showing, just break more sticks and glue them in the empty spaces. You kind of have to eyeball it, but I promise it isn’t difficult. You can do it! And? This is the hardest part, which really isn’t hard, so if you make it past this, you’re golden.
Grab your twine and scissors. Measure out enough to wrap around your sticks twice (and by measure, I think we all know I mean eyeball it because this girl does NOT measure things…) plus enough to tie a cute little bow in the front.
You can’t fail. It looks awesome no matter what you do or how you style it. Enjoy your handy work all year long!
See?! It looks amazing by itself… but then I threw those cute little ghost pumpkins next to it and it looks even more adorable. Add some Christmas-y greenery and it looks all elegant and lovely, ready for entertaining. Now you have one less thing to worry about for the holidays. See? I just styled your table centerpiece for you!
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