By Cathy Monrad
These votives bring fall colors and textures indoors and the project is an easy one that kids will love to help create.
Assortment of colorful leaves with stems removed
Collage and decoupage medium like Mod PodgeÔ
Small bunch of dry twigs (the straighter the better)
Hot glue sticks
Ribbon or twine
Fall scented candles like apple, pumpkin, or spice
Hot glue gun
1. Flatten the leaves by laying them between pieces of waxed paper with heavy books stacked on top for a couple of days. If the leaves are too dry, they will crumble; make sure they still have flexibility before starting the next step.
2. Use the paintbrush to coat the vein side of a leaf with Mod PodgeÔ.
3. Place leaf on the glass, smooth out any wrinkles with your fingers, then add a coat of Mod PodgeÔto the outside.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3, arranging the leaves around the votive.
5. When you are happy with the look, add one more coat of Mod PodgeÔ to avoid missed edges.
6. Let dry for at least 24 hours before adding and lighting candle. You may also choose to tie a piece of ribbon or twine around your votive.
1. Trim the twigs to the height of the votive. I found it easiest to score the twigs with a utility knife, then break by hand.
2. Add a line of hot glue on the twig, then place on votive.
3. Repeat step 2, adding twigs around the entire votive. Tip: Vary the twig size and spacing between each to allow candlelight through.
4. Tie a piece of ribbon or twine around the sticks.
5. Add candle, light, and enjoy!