Autumn rolls into town with her riotous color as if to create a blaze of excitement across the shortening days. In order to create warmth as the sun’s appearance starts to wane, I add cozy fall decorating with candles throughout the home. At this time of year, I prefer the richer scents of pumpkin, sage, and cinnamon. I also prefer to add my own creative twist to store-bought candles.
The candle at left is simply a mason jar with a votive candle inside. I wrapped fallen leaves around the jar and tied them in place with a twine bow, and then added a few wraps of lace around the mouth of the jar. I covered the label of the Yankee Candle at right with a swatch of eyelet lace and again tied it in place with twine. Super easy, and inexpensive to boot!
The pillar candle set on a wrought iron candlestick is wrapped with script scrapbook paper. I then layered a French paper label on top of that, and used another twine bow to keep it all in place. No glue is necessary, which makes it easy to swap out other decorative elements or paper, depending on the season.
I used these candle arrangements to create a cozy bubble bath!
My latest candle creation is easy and affordable! I used cracked corn … yes, cracked corn … between the mason jar and votive candle inside. Cracked corn reminds me of harvest time and provides neutral coloring, so it can be paired with orange pumpkins or white Baby Boos.
Then take small glass votive candles and using your fingers, wedge them down into the cracked corn by rotating them back and forth. It’s important that you use a glass votive like you see here … you don’t want the cracked corn catching on fire!
Can’t find cracked corn? Use dried pinto beans or coffee beans that you can buy at the grocery store! Add a bit of burlap and twine at the mouth of the mason jar for added interest. Pair with dried gourds and you’ve got the makings of a fall centerpiece.