As I was packing away my Halloween decorations this week I realized that I have very few for Fall and Thanksgiving. I went to my studio to see what materials I could combine to create something warm and inviting to keep the warmth of fall in my home and spied some supplies I had purchased to create a tealight holder a few months ago. I was so excited as the idea grew... I knew I needed something pretty for my entryway and a fall/Thanksgiving themed tealight holder would be perfect!
I found this great base container... its actually a putty or Spackle tray that I found at the local hardware store. I love the galvanized steel look of it...very earthy!
I measured the pieces of pattern paper and trimmed. These ended up being about a little under 2.5" high and 8 inches long for the front and about 4" for each side. Papertrey's 8x8 Pattern paper was the perfect size to work with.
Liquid Laminateis a product I've been using for a few years now for adhering paper to non porous surfaces. It has a low viscosity making it fast and flowing during application. I have time to reposition things but don't have to wait long for things to dry. It was used to adhere the paper to the container. I will be able to wipe the container later on if something gets on it during a dinner.
knew I wanted to use Papertrey Ink's First Fruits stamp set to create some decorative elements in the project. I stamped the leaf image in Dark Chocolate on Kraftcardstock and Ripe Avocado on it's coordinating cardstock. I then trimmed them to adhere later.
I also layered the twill onto the stitched ribbon and used fabri-tac to adhere them together and to the container.
Next I punched holes into the sides of the container with a crop-a-dile for treading ribbon handles through. I used the bottle as a guide to make each side's loops equal.
I then adhered the ribbon to the container...ready for some pebble filler (also from Ikea).
I used my trimmed First Fruits leaves along with one of the sentiments from the set and some wooden buttons to decorate the front. (If I were using this as a table centerpiece I would put it all on both sides.)
Here it is on my hall hutch, illuminated! I LOVE how the light from the candle reflects off the sides of the container... it created twice the light!
It's not to late to welcome the charm of fall into your home... also, wouldn't this be a fun hostess gift!!!