Friday, August 31, 2012

Twig Votive Holder

This is quick, elegant, inexpensive, and GREEN craft. It took me less than 30 minutes start to finish!

Of course, the original idea came from Pinterest. I am working with two other women to organize a Women's Day at our church. We expect about 300 women to come for classes on crafts, self-reliance, physical well-being, cooking, sewing, and spiritual topics. We selected this craft from Pinterest, and today I decided to give it a try to see if it will work.

Here's all you need: 

Oops, I see I cropped out a glue gun. You need that, too. You can use any jar or votive holder you have around. I selected a small glass that is about 3 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter.

Collect twigs from your yard. (Or come to my yard and collect them. We have millions!)
Use the shears to cut them to about the same size. After a while, decide it is easier just to break them, and stop using the shears. They should be fairly straight and without knots.

Spread a patch of hot glue about 1.5" x 1". Use the hotter setting so that you have more gluing time. Start gluing the sticks on the glass. Since I held it in my hand as I worked, I set it on the table after every patch of glue to slide any long sticks upward.
Continue all the way around the glass. It takes very little time! Sometimes I used tiny, short sticks to fill in empty spots. This is what the top view is like. 
I tried different types of ribbon when I was finished-grosgrain, satin, sheer-- but I didn't love them. I finally settled on some floral wire that looks like jute. Real jute would have been great, too.

Here's how it turned out:

Very rustic!

8 comments :

Katie said...

Love it! So simple and quick, and yet very pretty. I love that rustic look!

Tracy said...

This turned out beautifully. I like how the light shines through the twigs.
I made something like this over 10 yrs ago except I used a tin can instead of the glass jar. I used it as a vase for when my girls picked wildflowers for their grandma at camp.

Smallgood said...

So pretty. I love that rustic look much more than the plain votives. I may have to make these as gifts.

Kei said...

That's such a lovely and simple idea. The overall effect is gorgeous! Hope the Women's day at your church goes well--sounds like you've got some great ideas in store for the attendees! :)

Kristen said...

Beautiful but easy - sounds like the perfect craft to me!

Katie Drane said...

I'm so glad that I'm following you! I was looking to add a rustic touch to my living room but couldn't decide what to do. This is PERFECT! Thanks so much for sharing on tt&j!

Katie
www.funhomethings.com

Cassidy said...

Love this! Its a decor piece that can be placed anywhere and I love how simple and quick it is to make.

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts. You were featured today!
--Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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