Now that Thanksgiving is over, I hope you all had a wonderful day filled with many things to be thankful for and good food, we can officially start decorating for Christmas without looking like we are completely out of our minds. I love the holiday season and the opportunity it brings to create new and fun holiday decorations. So after dinner was eaten and bellies were full I started working on a new Holiday Centerpiece for the table.
I gathered some things I had on hand and with a little glue and glitter (glitter makes everything better right?) I came up with this purple Holiday Centerpiece.
All of these items were things that we already had on hand so the project and centerpiece itself was free. But you can find glitter and inexpensive clear candle holders at any craft store for less than a $10 bucks. The ornaments and jingle bells are left overs from last year and the white serving tray has been around for years. Possibly an old TJ Maxx find? We actually used it to serve our turkey on Thanksgiving. All I did was add the glitter to the clear glass candle holders to dress them up, it was as simple as some masking tape, glue and glitter.
First thing I did was decide what kind of patterns I wanted on my candle holders. I landed on doing one striped, one in a chevron like pattern and one like a dipped, no straight lines, pattern. Then I tapped off the patterns (on the two that required it) with masking tape, painters tape would work too but this is what I had on hand.
Then working on one container at a time I followed these next few steps. I first added glue to the areas that I wanted to cover in glitter. I used Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue, all the amazing sticking power of original tacky glue but it goes on and dries completely clear. Then I just used my finger to smooth out the glue in to an even strip all the way around the container.
The second step was the one of the best parts, adding the glitter. I poured on the glitter at first and then decided that it was easier to just roll the container in the glitter instead. I did “sprinkle” the places that did not seem to get much coverage or looked a little bare after the rolling process. Then I patted down the glitter to make sure that everything was covered and holding tight.
immediately after glittering I removed the masking tape, while the glue was till wet. I didn’t want to risk pulling off parts of my design by waiting too long to remove the tape and therefore possible pulling up parts of the glue and glitter that I wanted to stay as part of my pattern. Some of the little pieces of tape on the chevron patterned one were hard to get a hold of after they were covered in glue and glitter, so I used tweezers to get hold of them and pull them up.
Then I just had to let them dry for a bit, I only let them dry for 10 or so minuets, I was too impatient to wait any longer than that. I really wanted to play with them! But I would say that you should let the glue dry for a good 24 to 48 hours before you handle them (touch the glittery areas).
Using a non-traditional holiday color means that I can use these candles year around in other locations of the house and for other holiday decorations. Well, for anything really. But adding in the Christmas related flair gave them a cute holiday feel.
How about you? Have you crafted any Holiday items yet? Or excited to start decorating for the Christmas season?
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