I had seen a few of these around blogland all done up for fall so I thought since we had some extra wood scraps from the guest room window project I would make one up for winter.
It took my husband about 10 minutes to cut and glue the box together. Then I primed it, painted it green, painted it black and then did a final coat of ivory. I wanted it to have an antique rustic vibe with layers of paint showing through and sloppy paint drips.
After it was all dry I added the candles. I bought 2 packages from ikea. I think they were $5 apiece and they had 4 candles all different sizes. I used the 6 tallest for this project.
Once the candles were placed I added in some fresh trimmings from our tree and a few pinecones that have been floating around for years. It seemed to need a shot of color so I grabbed some cutie oranges from the kitchen and added them to the mix. Finally I had a little faux floral bundle that I cut up and added strategically for a little bit of sparkle.
Right now it is located on the buffet in our dining room but I can easily move it to the center of the dining table or even out to our kitchen island. I thought about using it on the mantle but you wouldn't be able to see down into it so you would lose some of the elements.
I had to take some photos of it all lit up. Of course, my husband thinks it is one big 'ole firetrap so I'll be using the candles infrequently and with lots of supervision.
Also, I will have to keep an eye on the oranges as they will probably need to be switched out before too long but with cuties in abundance this time of year it shouldn't be a problem.
This was a great easy project. If I had to price it out I would say it was less than $20 for all the materials. The wood was scrap and the tree trimmings were free. I bought the candles, oranges, faux floral and we had the paint on hand.
~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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