Monday, December 16, 2013

Simple Elegant Christmas Decor That You Can Make

We had a lot of snow this weekend here in Pennsylvania, and now the forecast for tomorrow
is more of the same! What better time then a snowy day to create something for your home
for the holidays like these simple yet beautiful holiday votives? I love these because they 
contain all the elements of the perfect craft: little to no investment, no special expertise 
or skills are needed, and the finished result is fantastic!

Look no farther than your very own backyard for the fixings: 

Gather organic materials from outside: twigs, springs of evergreens, holly, birch bark, 
whatever you have growing in your own surroundings

Recycled jars: baby food and condiment jars work great as do jelly jars and small canning jars

Twine or ribbon

Hot glue gun and glue sticks or other adhesive (I am partial to E6000)

Check out these pretty examples and be inspired!

It's easy to create a wire holder around the lip of a jar. I like to use
electrical fencing wire because it is inexpensive and pliable.

Look what you can create with twigs and glue. How easy is that?!

Use mini terracotta pots for this pretty country display

Pine cone votives from Nelly Vintage Home

Pine cone votives from Nelly Vintage Home

Create some ice votives for an outdoor display!

For this project you will need:
A larger bucket
A smaller bucket
A weight (such as a brick)

1. Fill the large bucket halfway with water.
2. Add brick in smaller bucket and lower it into the larger bucket so the water is pushed up between the buckets. Optional: add sprigs of greenery, twigs or berries to the water before freezing.
3. Set the buckets outdoors in freezing temperatures overnight.
4. Pour some hot water over the buckets to loosen them from the ice.

Remember, never leave a burning candle unattended. 
I suggest using flameless candles for these projects.

What do you think?

I hope you have a great week! 

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