The kids and I have been busy gathering branches for twig projects that we’ve got on the go. We’ve already made hanging stars for the light fixture over the dining room table, a runner for the table, and now we’ve moved on to some rustic inspired tealight holders that make wonderful shadows and lights when filled with a tealight candle, or battery operated version.
You will Need:
– hot glue gun
– approximately 60 2-3″ branches
– short mason jar
Use a short mason jar (I found a pack of three at the Dollar store) and clip tree branches from outside. You can tailor the appearance of the candle holder to your liking, depending on the types of branches that you use for the DIY project. We’ve got white colored, purple colored and traditional brown branches in our neighborhood, and we chose the ones that were easiest to get to, in our front yard.
Using clippers, it’s easiest to cut the branches off of the tree, and clip them to size.Making the sticks generally around the same length can help to create an even feel around the candle holder, and remember, you can always trim them up later.
A hot glue gun is the easiest way to affix the branches to the side of the short mason jar but you can also use traditional glue if you’re working with younger children. You are going to need approximately 60, 2-3 inch sticks to complete the entire mason jar, but you could also stop if you’re displaying against the wall or on the mantle and just do around the front and sides.