A couple weeks ago I received in the mail one of those little Pottery Barn catalogs for summer. As I flipped through the pages knowing that I most likely couldn't afford any of their fabulous merchandise, I came across these pretty lanterns. What caught my eye was not the actual lanterns but the candles they had inside of them.
I immediately thought that this look for the candles would be easy enough to recreate and place around my home for the summer months. As it turned out...I was right!
All you need is as follows...
Pillar candles of any size and color you choose (faux candles are an excellent choice too)
jute twine, natural or white
a glue stick
hot glue gun
starfish, shells, anything that reminds you of the sea
To create the simple wrapped look you will need scissors, the jute twine and glue stick.
Rub the glue stick on the surface of the candle and then just begin to wrap the twine around the candle pushing the twine layers together as you go around. Believe it or not the glue does adhere to the waxy surface of the candle. Cut the jute when the desired amount of coverage has been achieved, and then you can go ahead and hot glue whatever little nautical item you'd like to the twine itself.
To create the pretty nautical knot you will need 4 to 6 pieces of jute cut in equal lengths. Make sure the are long enough to cover half the diameter of the candle when the loop is formed. It is OK if the pieces are a little long because you can always cut off the excess.
For a 5 1/2 inch pillar candle I decided to use a total of 6 pieces of jute. Form a loop using 3 pieces together, and then with your staple gun secure the loops of of twine to the candle.
With other 3 pieces of twine, create another loop and thread it through the first loop pulling it somewhat taut, and then secure the six end pieces of the second loop with your staple gun.
And the final look is...
I think these would really make adorable end of the year gifts for teachers too.
Wishing you all a wonderful last weekend in May!
Here we come June!!!