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Retreating indoors now that the weather is colder? That doesn't mean your creativity has to go into hibernation. Get cozy with these creative candle ideas, starting with this eco-friendly project.
When you've shucked a few ears of corn, don't throw away the husks! Dry them out, then wrap them around a cylinder container that can hold a candle. Add a silky ribbon for a romantic touch. We have other candle craft ideas that make use of pumpkins and gourds, cored-out apples, and even eggshells.
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Cinnamon sticks are not just for baking or mugs of hot cider! Raid your pantry and see what other goodies you can find; star anise and pistachio shells will also work nicely.
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(No textile skills necessary.) Restyle a smoothly sculpted pillar candle with a simple under-and-over weave design.
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Preserve the autumnal glow with these glass cylinders. They're pressed with collected leaves in scarlet, orange, and golden hues.
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Use an antique letterpress type to monogram a candle with your own initials or personalize candles as a charming gift for friends.
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Some of the vibrant flowers of your outdoor garden are now out of season. Put those empty pots to good use indoors. A collection of small terra-cotta flowerpots lining your mantelpiece can add a rustic touch to your living space.
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Melt your old down-to-the-wick candles in a small pan set over a large pan of simmering water and remove the wick with tongs. Repour into a set of teacups, bowls, or tiny teapots for a new candle.
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This is designed for an outdoor patio, but you can easily bring this project indoors for a kitchen or dining room. Place votive candles in quilted jars -- you can play with different shapes and sizes for an eclectic look. The glass casts refracted candlelight onto the walls for a breathtaking display.
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Stitch a delicate pattern (you can use one of our templates) onto a sheet of card stock. Then wrap around a glass cylinder for the candlelight to flicker through.
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Squirrels might be on to something in collecting these nuts. Use them to design a woodland-chic candleholder. As an extra tip, if you want to enhance the color of the acorn caps, immerse them in a container of mineral spirits and, once saturated, strain through a colander (not one you use for cooking) and allow them to dry.