I love ten minute crafts, don’t you? These candles I created for our Simple Spring Mantel were so easy to make by wrapping plain pillar candles with burlap. I also used this same idea for our Christmas mantel, except I wrapped the candles in book pages- so you can see how flexible this simple idea is, which you can easily make your own by changing up the embellishments.
I knew I wanted the burlap sleeves, but only decided on the ribbon when I needed to coordinate with some purple vintage ribbon I had added to the wreath on our spring mantel. When I found these vintage watch faces in my stash, I knew they would be the perfect touch.
Here’s how I made these super simple spring candles:
I had all of these items in my workroom – hopefully you can use items you already have as well. Any fabric or ribbon will work, and buttons, vintage brooches or jewels could be used instead of the watch faces.
After cutting the burlap to reach around the candles leaving a bit of overlap, I frayed the edges a bit by pulling out the first strands.
For other fabrics, the raw edge might be fine, or sew the edge under for a finished look. I decided to use a pin to hold the fabric – easy on, easy off – but a more permanent solution would be a bead of hot glue.
Tie the ribbons, either in a bow or simple knot. I’m not much of a bow girl lately, so the simple look of a knot appealed to me.
Once the ribbon is in place, simply hot-glue the embellishment to the fabric. The watch face on the right had a bar that I could run the ribbon through before knotting, which made it a bit crooked. The other watch didn’t have any bars, so I hot-glued the face to the fabric- which I then did to the other face so it wouldn’t be crooked anymore.
Ta-da…a ten minute craft!
They really do add the “piece de resistance” to our spring mantel, don’t you think?
This is linked to the Spring Craft Link Party.