Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Autumn Mason jar candleholder

I often think outside the box when it comes to supplies.  So let me explain.  It’s fall and leaves are falling everywhere.  Outside they are blowing around, and inside some of the fall leaf garlands sometimes drop a few.  As I picked up an errant leaf a light bulb went off and I thought what a beautiful bow this leaf could become.  The next thing I came across was the new fall colored napkins and I thought…hmmm and a project was born.  Just in time for the Thanksgiving holidays too!

You will need:

Fall colored napkins with floral or leaf motifs

Large silk leaf

Small amounts of fall colored grosgrain ribbons



Bowdabra mini bowmaker

Bowdabra bow wire

Modpodge or other decoupage glue

Small paintbrush

Mason jar

Tea light candle

1.     Separate the ply of the napkin so that you are only working with the top layer.  Use the scissors to cut out separate motifs from the napkin and set aside.

2.     Using a small paintbrush add small sections of decoupage glue on the glass of the mason jar.  Pick up one motif at a time and add some more glue on top of the motif. Continue adding motifs in this manner leaving small areas uncovered.  Let dry. 

3.     Make the bow.  Cut a piece of bow wire to 18 inches, fold in half and insert in the bowmaker.  There will be a loop on one side and two ends at the other.

4.     Remove the plastic veins from the back of the leaf.  Cut four pieces of gross grain ribbon, one 2 ¼”, 3 ¼”, 4 ¼”, 5 ¼”.

5.     Insert the leaf in the bowmaker.  Next, add the largest piece of ribbon.  Continuing adding the ribbon pieces from largest to the smallest.

6.     Scrunch down with the Bowmaker wand.

7.     Insert the two loose ends through the loop end and pull tight.  Remove from the bow maker.

8.     Straighten the bow if necessary.  Use the extra bowwire to tie the bow to the mason jar.  Add a tea light candle.  The light from the candle will case a beautiful glow.


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