I love fall. I love candles. I love pretty things. With that being said, it was very easy to decide what my fall Tribune Chronicle Pinterest story would be about - fall candles and arrangements.
Fall candles are amazing. The smells around the house that are generated from the perfect candle gives one that warm fuzzy feeling during a rainy, cool, fall afternoon.
However, I know many times myself and others will just go down to our favorite candle shop, find a smell that suits, and puts it somewhere around the house. I've been guilty of that for years.
From left, the Fall Foliage, the Candy in the Candle and the Pretty in the Fall candle projects are shown. All three are simple to put together and make for an attractive fall centerpiece or mantle display.
Tribune Chronicle photos / Dana Sulonen
A nice decorative candle setup, which can be used as a standalone piece or expanded into a centerpiece for a table, doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. And if done right, it can be inexpensive as many of the items can be used for different setups for all seasons, or reused for the following fall.
All of these projects can be done with vases / cylinders that are to your liking, shape and size. Also, the candle size and smell are whatever you want to fill your house.
SUPPLIES: Vase, candle, candy corn.
This is the easiest one to do and is great for Halloween. With the smell of the candy corn, I thought a vanilla candle would do the trick.
For this sized vase (4 1/2 inches around), I used a 3-x-6 inch candle. No matter what size of vase or candle you use, it is key to put the candle in first, then take the candy corn and disperse it by hand around the candle. For the small vase, I used two packages of candy corn (8 ounces per bag).
SUPPLIES: Leaves, acorns, vase, candle
If you are an outdoorsy-person, or looking for natural decorations, the leaves and the acorns can be used from your backyard, or gathered after a scenic walk through Mill Creek Park.
I, on the other hand, am a fan of pretty and plastic, and also things that will not get my hands dirty.
Whichever way you go, this again is a very easy arrangement to put together.
For this one, I went with a baked cookies scented candle (great for the kitchen) and opted for a a taller vase (9 inches tall and 6 inches wide). When using the acorns, you have to make sure you get a candle and vase that give you enough room to disperse, so a wider vase is best for this project.
Again, I placed the candle in first, then arranged the acorns around the candle. I purchased three colors of acorns to give the piece some color, then used fake leaves and placed them around the candle.
I highly recommended to add to the supply list a candle lighter with a longer neck. Once the candles are in, it's not safe to try and light the candle with a regular lighter. Also, make sure that the candle is high enough and the leaves are low enough that they won't catch on fire. Use caution if burned a lot or for a longer period of time that nothing is becoming a fire hazard.
Pretty in the Fall
SUPPLIES: 1 1/2 inch wired ribbon, leaves, candle, vase, hot glue gun, scissors, plastic gem stones.
For this one, I went with a prettier look that can be used for the entire season.
I started with the tallest of my three vases (12-by-5 inches) and put the candle in the vase. I went with vanilla again, but scents like apples or pumpkin are other great fall candle options.
Once the candle was inside, I took my orange gems and displaced them around the candle. I only used one box for this project but could have used more if desired.
Then came the craftiest part of the project. I took my ribbon (I used 36 inches of a gold / orange metallic color), and wrapped it around the vase. I then took the hot glue gun and tacked the ribbon on the desired spot on the vase so it wouldn't slip. Once I glued one side of the ribbon to the vase, I crossed the other end over top and glued it as well to create the criss cross look of the ribbon.
Again using the hot glue gun, I took some of the fake leaves and cut them into halves and glued them together to create the front decor of the vase. Once they dried, I took another dab of hot glue and secured the leaves to the ribbon.
I again highly recommended to add to the supply list a candle lighter with a longer neck. Once the candles are in, it's not safe to try and light the candle with a regular lighter.