I can’t lie–September means two of my FAVORITE inspirations for DIY projects. First, I can once again stop and get a Pumpkin Spice Latte whenever I want (YAY). Even better, I can utilize the beautiful colors of fall in my decor projects!
This weekend, I created some beautiful fall candles with Dollar General finds! This project took no time at all (less than 30 minutes for all 4 candles). Plus, it couldn’t be easier to dress up these glass containers to add some festive flair. Considering I’ve never made anything like this before, I think they came out beautifully!
So, How Did I Do It?
Well, first of all, I made sure to put down some paper towels (recycled paper also works great!) so I wouldn’t get glue on my mother’s nice outdoor table. We’re house and dog-sitting this weekend, so I wanted to be courteous of her space. I also put a small bowl of water and extra paper towel to the side of my work area to take off any excess glue.
Once set up, I cut all my ribbon to size at once, since I was doing four jars. I wanted to limit the number of times I needed to wash the glue off. I cut the ribbon long enough to overlap AND so I could tuck the messy side underneath and glue it to itself for a cleaner line at the back. The regular burlap ribbon seemed a good as my base layer, since it was the most neutral.
I wanted to layer the ribbons, but the orange ribbon was the same size. So, I decided to fold it in thirds to make a thinner stripe. I wrapped it similarly to the burlap, moving in the opposite directions to make the seams a little more sturdy.
Then, I tied the last layer of ribbon and filled it with red and regular popcorn kernels. The red kernels were my mom’s donation to the project. I just added the regular kernels for contrast. The result was beautiful, if I do say so myself!
The Sticky Truth
I will warn you, doing this without a third hand WHILE the glue dried was a bit tricky. The base layer kept wanting to peel back while it was drying. My fingertips were covered in glue, with the little dish of water as my only saving grace. If you have more patience than I do, I suggest trying to clamp it and let it dry between layers. Or, you could just do what I did and go very quickly so the last ribbon (actually tied around) acts as security while it dries.
Also, if I tested the adhesive I used (Tacky Glue) on the ribbon prior to using it, I would have discovered that it made the brown burlap darker where the glue dried, even though the white of the glue mostly disappeared. Just goes to show, ALWAYS test your materials first.
If you’d like to reproduce this project, here is a breakdown of what I used:
From Dollar General–
Outer Glass Holder –$2.00 each
Orange Burlap Ribbon — $2.00
Reg Burlap Ribbon –$2.00
Votive Candles– $1.00/2pk
Sage Thin Ribbon — $0.49 clearance
Tacky Adhesive — $1.89
Overall, I spent less than $20 total on my project with four jars, but just one jar is great, too! I plan on gifting some of these, so I wanted a few extra. Plus, I have extra ribbon to use in other projects (score!), which is always awesome.
Why I Loved This Project
I loved making these candles for two main reasons: ease and the beautiful product! This would be fun to do with friends at a little craft party (with some wine, of course!) or easy to make as gifts. They are simple and will add a pop of autumn colors to any space that will last all season. Plus, they are customizable to ANY season or style. There are no rules for what color combinations and ribbon materials you have to choose.
Whether your a DIY craft expert or novice, this is an easy and fun project. Seriously, anyone can do this project. It can spruce up any space. You can add some paint or letters for a little extra pizazz or just keep them simple like I did.
Also, I would LOVE to see your version of this project, so take a risk, take a picture, and post it in the comments! I know it will turn out gorgeous.
The DIY Inspiration!
I was inspired to do a small DIY craft project amidst all our renovation projects thanks to Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer and her cohosts:
Krista from The Happy Housie
Mandy from The Hankful House
Abby from Just A Girl And Her Blog
April from House By Hoff
All these ladies are an inspiration to small DIY and home bloggers like myself. I especially LOVED this recent dresser makeover by Christy. A few years ago, I re-painted a similar dresser but it pales in comparison to this beauty! I can’t wait to see what’s to come from this month’s link party, either. This is my first participation, so wish me luck! If you’re looking for some fall decor inspiration, there are going to be TONS of cute projects there, so check it out.
I’d love to see some other fall DIY crafts, so comment with yours below! You should also say hi and tag me in them on social media! I’d LOVE to hear from you!
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