Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fall Candle Holder

It has been a strange week in the Stewart house. All the fun and craziness of Halloween at the beginning of the week, and then stuck at home the rest of the week with a sick kiddo. I've only left the house to take the other guy to school and to a birthday party. Needless to say, I have started to get a little stir crazy! I even cleaned out several closets for a little excitement. Today I really had the urge to craft or bake. Not enough ingredients to bake, so crafting it was. I had this old fishbowl that I have been wanting to do something with. My crafting supplies were pretty low too, so I looked to good old mother nature. Leaves are the perfect decoration for fall, and I had plenty all over my yard!

I decided to try sticking the leaves on the bowl and covering them with tissue paper. Well, of course I didn't have any tissue paper, how about napkins?
I decided to give it a try. I also gathered glue, double sided tape, cinnamon and cold coffee (I'll explain the last two items later). I used a glass fish bowl, but you could use a mason jar, glass, or votive holder. The leaves I gathered were all different sizes, types and colors. I also chose fresh, pliable leaves.

First I put a piece of double sided tape on the back of each leaf.

Then I stuck them all over the bowl, varying the size, shape and color.

The napkins I had were white. I thought tan tissue would look better with the leaves, so instead of watering down my glue with water, I used coffee. I mixed about one part glue to one part coffee. For a little more texture, I added a little cinnamon as well.

Next, my little helper and I painted the bowl and leaves with the glue.

After covering the whole thing, I started sticking on pieces of torn paper napkins. I forgot a pic of the torn napkin, use your imagination :)

After sticking a piece on, I went over it with more glue.

After making sure the whole bowl was covered, I let it dry. To keep it from sticking to the table, I had it dry on a lid.

When it was dry, I put a votive candle in. Beautiful! I couldn't believe this MacGyvered project turned out so well!

The cinnamon and coffee really added fabulous color and texture!

It looks even prettier at night!

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  1. It looks nice! But I do have one concern, you don't think the non-dried leaves are going to be a problem down the road? Or are you just going to scrape it all off and make something else out of the fish bowl later.

    1. Not sure what will happen. I'm hoping they will dry on the bowl. I'll let you know how it holds up!

  2. Great idea! I love the coffee and spices

  3. If you wanted a color version, you could try using colored tissue paper. I decorated a couple wooden picture frames like that one year. I bet the candlelight would look really nice shining through the different colors.